These air fryer bacon wrapped dates are fast, easy, and delicious. They come together in a few minutes, and they're great as a snack, appetizer, or light lunch. They're also Whole30 compliant and a great alternative to heavier app options!
These bacon wrapped dates are made in a few minutes in the air fryer. We coated them in a slightly spicy BBQ-inspired seasoning, which pairs perfectly with the sweet dates. They're the perfect quick appetizer.
As an added bonus, they don't have any dairy or added sugar, so they're great for Whole30 or paleo diets. They're also a great way to eat dates if you're in the final stretch of your pregnancy and trying to naturally induce labor (this was me a few months ago).
- Medjool dates - We usually buy ours at Sam's Club or Costco in big containers.
- Thick cut bacon - Buy sugar-free bacon if you're following a Whole30 diet.
- Spices: paprika, garlic powder, ground cayenne, and salt
See recipe card for amounts.
Step 1: Remove the pit from your dates (if they're not already pitted).
Step 2: Slice your bacon in half lengthwise (hot dog-style, if you will). Then wrap each date with half a slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.
Step 3: Spray the bacon wrapped dates with oil (we use spray avocado oil). If you don't have spray, you can use a basting brush to lightly coat each date in oil. Then sprinkle the dates with paprika, ground cayenne, garlic powder, and salt.
Step 4: Air fry the dates in a single layer at 390°F for 10 minutes, or until your bacon is crispy. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in multiple batches.
Frequently asked questions
Sure! We love these dates as-is and are following a Whole30 diet this month, so we didn't stuff them with anything. However, goat cheese is great stuffed inside!
Medjool dates are larger and chewier than normal dates. They're sweet, soft, and super delicious. You can find them at most grocery stores and online. You can also buy them in bulk at Costco or Sam's Club.
If you don't have an air fryer, bake the dates on a sheet pan at 425°F until the bacon is crispy.