19 date recipes
Make the most of dates in our sweet and savoury recipes, from spicy harissa tagine to chicken one-pots, salted honey cake and classic sticky toffee pudding
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.
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.
Date and tamarind chutney provide sweet tang to crackling spinach in this Indo-Chinese recipe from Soho’s Kolkata-inspired café, Fatt Pundit.
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.
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.
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.
Date and walnut cake
Combine sweet dates with crunchy walnuts in this simple all-in-one loaf cake.
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.
Chicken and date tagine
Medjool dates provide a desirable savoury-sweet flavour in this warming chicken tagine recipe, perfect for feeding the family.
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 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.
Medjool dates, mixed seeds and oats combine in this speedy flapjack recipe, finished with a drizzle of 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.
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.
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.
Level up your morning porridge with Nadine Brown’s vegan recipe, mixing dates with cocoa powder, espresso, almond milk and cinnamon.
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.
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.
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.
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