Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Dates

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Make these brussels sprouts with bacon and dates with just 5 ingredients. It’s a flavorful, sweet yet nutritious side dish the whole family will love. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, Whole30, and Paleo.

Oh my!  This recipe is such a surprise! This combination will have you returning for seconds, and you’ll want to cook it over and over.

Brussel sprouts, still with a bit of bite, salty bacon with a caramel sweetness, is a flavor bomb you need to experience!

bowl of brussels sprouts

Who says Brussel sprouts need to be soft, mushy, and bitter? This recipe treats these delightful balls of nutrition like a King (or Queen), and they are given the VIP treatment they deserve!

If you fancy a quick lunch dish that’s a little bit different, full of taste, and fast to prepare, you need to grab your chopping board and a pan now, time to get started!

brussel sprouts with bacon

Ingredients You’ll Need

Bacon slices (4 slices) – It’s best to choose the highest quality bacon you can find.  This should be one that is uncured or free of chemical nitrates.  Your body will thank you for it!  Alternatively, you could use vegan bacon or turkey bacon here if you like.

Olive oil (2 tbsp) – You don’t’ need the most expensive extra-virgin variety of olive oil here; just use your usual cooking one, as you will be heating it.

Brussels sprouts (1 lb) – Organic Brussels are best if you can find them, but any deep green, fresh ones are going to be great too. You could opt for a cabbage if you really wanted to.

Sea salt (½ tsp) – You could use regular table salt here, but sea salt flakes give a little bit more flavor.

Dates (¼ cup) – Find the juiciest dried ones!  Medjool dates are an excellent source of phytonutrients and would make a good choice, although any will do the trick here.

ingredients for brussels sprouts and bacon

How to Make Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Dates

Step 1. Start by cutting your bacon into slices and setting it aside.

Step 2. Prepare your Brussels sprouts by cutting off any tough stalks and any spoiled leaves.  Slice them in half.

Step 3. Heat a non-stick pan to a medium-high.  Add the bacon slices, stirring well, and cook them until crisp.  This will take about 5-7 minutes.

Step 4. Now, remove that bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel. This will help remove some of the excess fat and improve the crispiness!

Step 5. Next, make sure to add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large skillet and heat again over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and stir well to coat in any bacon fat.

Cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts have softened a little.

Step 6. Add some salt to the Brussels sprouts, and then place the cooked bacon back in the pan.

Stir the chopped dates with ¾ cup of water into the Brussels and bacon and cook for a further 3-5 minutes, bubbling away on high heat.

Step 7. While cooking, mash the dates into the liquid until they fully dissolved, and the Brussel sprouts are glazed and look sticky.

You could use this masher which would be perfect for this job as it would protect your non-stick pan coating. Leave to cool slightly and sprinkle with some freshly chopped parsley if you would like to.

steps to make brussels sprouts and bacon dish

Are Brussels Sprouts Good for You?

Yes, yes, yes!  Brussel sprouts are a healthy vegetable to be enjoying! These veggies are a member of the cabbage family and contain similar nutrients that are great for your health.

Brussel sprouts are a good source of Folic acid, which is responsible for helping to make healthy red blood cells and can prevent anemia, so certainly worth adding to your diet.

They contain vitamins C and K, so they provide support to your immune system and blood clotting ability. Brussel sprouts are also a good source of vitamin B6, thiamine, and potassium.

close up brussels sprouts

What Can I Have with this Brussel Sprouts Dish?

This dish would be perfect on its own as it provides a well-rounded plate of macros. But you could add some extras if you wanted.

Try serving this with some buttered and herbed, steamed new potatoes if you wanted to add a carbohydrate to the dish as they will soak up the sweet and salty sauce really well.

How about adding a fresh herb salad as a side dish?  Peppery parsley and arugula will balance well with the flavors.

close up of bacon brussel sprouts

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4.39 from 13 votes

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Dates

By Karo @ AllNutritious
This healthy brussels sprouts with bacon and dates are a perfect side dish. So easy to make, delicious, sweet, and nicely caramelized. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, Whole30, and Paleo.
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 bowls


  • 4 slices bacon cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts halved
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup dates


  • Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it’s crisp. It will take around 5-7 minutes.
  • Dry the bacon on a paper towel.
  • Now, add 2 tbsp of olive oil to the skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add in the brussels sprouts and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with salt and add bacon strips with dates. Add in ¾ cup of water, stir and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Mash the dates while cooking until they fully dissolve and the Brussel sprouts are glazed.

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Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7.6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 505mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8.6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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