40 Days of Clean Eating: Salty Sweet Jalapeño Poppers

These poppers are sure to bring a zing to your palate.

Day 5 of 40

Originally posted on Cooking Up Clean [Photo credit: Kari Lund]

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Yield: 20 poppers


  • 10 jalapeños
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted (if you use regular dates, you’ll need 16-20 since they are much smaller)
  • 8 slices of uncured, all natural bacon, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons quinoa flakes (or panko bread crumbs or parmesan cheese)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice jalapeños lengthwise and seed them.
  3. Arrange jalapeño halves onto a baking sheet.
  4. Combine dates and bacon in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground together.
  5. Spoon filling into each of the jalapeño halves.
  6. Sprinkle quinoa flakes (or panko, or parmesan cheese) over each popper.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.

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