Looking for some easy date recipes? Want the best tagine recipes? See our recipes below for warming one-pots, comforting sticky toffee pudding and sweet tea loafs. For more inspiration, see our best ever ginger cake recipes.


Savoury date recipes

One-pot chicken with dates and caramelised lemon

Alison Roman’s one-pot chicken dish makes a feature of plump roasted dates and jammy lemons, making an easy yet alternative whole chicken dish.

One Pot Chicken Recipe with Lemon and Dates

Lamb meatballs with labneh and flatbreads

Dates, pine nuts and gently spiced lamb are mixed to create knockout meatballs, served with thick, creamy labneh and plenty of herbs to make a great plated starter or canapé.

A serving platter full of lamb meatballs with little bowls of crudites and dips surrounding it

Crackling spinach

Date and tamarind chutney provide sweet tang to crackling spinach in this Indo-Chinese recipe from Soho’s Kolkata-inspired café, Fatt Pundit.

Crackling spinach

Pepper, date and harissa tagine

In this recipe by Sarah Cook, sweet dates are combined with meltingly soft peppers to make a satisfying vegetarian tagine dish that’s great for feeding a crowd.

Pepper, date and harissa tagine in a serving bowl

Moroccan cauliflower salad

This Moroccan-inspired salad makes great use of cauliflower by roasting with ras el hanout, dates, dried cranberries, nuts and pomegranate seeds, drizzled with a tahini and mint dressing.

Moroccan Cauliflower Salad

Bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade

Assemble these bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade for a quick and easy canapé to serve at your next dinner party.

Bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade, served with a green salad on a oval-shaped plate

Date and walnut cake

Combine sweet dates with crunchy walnuts in this simple all-in-one loaf cake.

Date and walnut loaf cake with a slice cut

Date and rye bread

Take your bread-making skills to the next level with this rye bread, with dark rye and sweet dates making a perfect pairing. This dark loaf also goes brilliantly with cheese.

Rye Bread Recipe With Dates

Chicken and date tagine

Medjool dates provide a desirable savoury-sweet flavour in this warming chicken tagine recipe, perfect for feeding the family.

Chicken Tagine Recipe With Dates

Sweet date recipes

Healthy chocolate cake

Sticky dates are the star ingredient in this healthy twist on classic chocolate cake. It’s just as rich as the original, too, thanks to dark chocolate and cacao powder.

Date Chocolate Cake

Date and ginger tea loaf

Juicy dates and fiery ginger is a winning flavour combo in this tea loaf recipe, making a moreish cake that’s easy to make and best served with a warm cup of tea.

Ginger and date loaf cakentopped with icing and chopped ginger

Date flapjacks

Medjool dates, mixed seeds and oats combine in this speedy flapjack recipe, finished with a drizzle of peanut butter.

A slate board topped with slices of golden oat flapjacks, drizzled with peanut butter

Gingerbread cake with date syrup bourbon sauce

Homemade date syrup bourbon sauce is key in Nik Sharma’s fiery gingerbread recipe, packed with sweet spices, fresh lime zest and rich black treacle.

Someone pouring sauce over a slice of gingerbread cake

Sticky toffee pudding

Medjool dates give a natural toffee flavour and sticky texture in this classic toffee pudding recipe, the best dessert for cosy night’s in.

Sticky toffee pudding

Healthy oat flapjacks

If you're looking for a healthy snack which doesn’t compromise on flavour, check out this healthier take on a baking favourite featuring fruity dates, sultanas and almonds.

Healthy Flapjacks with Seeds on a Wooden Board

Mocha porridge

Level up your morning porridge with Nadine Brown’s vegan recipe, mixing dates with cocoa powder, espresso, almond milk and cinnamon.

Two bowls of porridge with toppers on the side

Salted honey date cake

If you’re a salted caramel fan, you’ll love Sarah Cook’s date cake flavoured with honey. It’s an easy teatime treat which may become your new go-to bake.

Salted Honey Cake with Dates

Date and pecan loaf with pomegranate molasses

This moist date and pecan loaf is made sweet with the addition of pomegranate molasses, served with a scoop of ice cream for an indulgent sweet treat.

Date and Pecan Loaf Recipe with Pomegranate Molasses

Cacao, banana, date and cashew bars

For a quick snack to take on the go, bake a big batch of these no-fuss date, cacao, banana and cashew bars.

Banana & Cashew bars


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