Yummy Daniel Fast cookies

Coconut-Date Cookies

The best part about this recipe is you can enjoy it and not feel guilty. Every ingredient is Daniel Fast friendly and good for you!

Coconut-Date Cookies

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
½ cup coconut flour
½ cup roughly chopped dates
¼ cup Date Honey
¼ cup whole almonds
¼ cup walnut halves and pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process about 10 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl, and process another 15 -20 seconds or until thoroughly mixed. Some of the nuts should still be in large pieces (not finely ground).

Scoop out about two tablespoons of dough and shape into a ball. Place on an 11 x 17-inch cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Use the palm of your hand to flatten. Bake 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned on the bottom.

Yield: 14 servings (serving size: about 1 cookie)

Recipe Notes

  • You can also make these cookies without a food processor. Chop the nuts and dates into smaller pieces, and stir until well combined.


  1. Can I make coconut flour by processing shredded coconut?

    • I don’t know. However, I don’t think a food processor would make it fine enough. If you try to make the shredded coconut into flour, let me know how it comes out!

      • cleone dotseth says:

        The high speed blender will make flour from any grain so likely also the coconut that is dried.

  2. I have noticed that coconut milk is used in several of your receipes so is this ok for the Daniel Fast?

  3. I have elected to really restrict my food choices while Fasting in the past, it otherwise did not feel like a sacrifice. This year my husband is joining me and he’s already panicking.:)
    I have not use any oils, pastas or flours. Which ones are permissible?

  4. Could you substitute almond flour instead?

  5. Coconut milk in the can or the carton?

  6. I am starting Monday. I am a little nervous, because I have 3 kids and a husband to cook for. What advice can you give me. Nervous about meals. Please help!

    • Hi, Sheila! I can understand your feeling of being overwhelmed. I have two pieces of advice: 1) Get a copy of my book, t.com/book-the-ultimate-guide-to-the-daniel-fast/”>The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, and 2) plan recipes that you can easily adapt for your family. First, my book will help you with the preparation and meal planning. I provide three weeks of meal plans, plus grocery shopping lists. That will help you tremendously! You can use the recipes I suggest and/or substitute some of your own. Then you can simply add foods that your family will enjoy, if they aren’t fasting. For example, when I’m on the fast, I might make Taco Soup, and put 1/2 of it in a separate saucepan for my family. In their soup I will add chicken. Works for my fast and makes my family happy! I hope that helps.

  7. I am new to your website and have found many delicious “Daniel” recipes. I have pinned quite a few, but when I went to print them out to have as I cooked, I could not find a “print” button. Is there a way to print out recipes from your site so I won’t have to run back and forth to my computer while cooking? Thanks for your help.

  8. Cherron R. Wilson says:

    I prepared a dish using tofu on yesterday. Am I stepping outside of the guidelines? Also, how do I get my husband motivated? He just started, and I’m on my 16th day.

    • Hi, Cherron! Tofu is acceptable on the Daniel Fast, so you’re fine. 🙂 How do you motivate your husband? Well, you can’t. Only God can do that job! Just pray for him and try to encourage him as much as possible. May the Lord pour out His favor you both as you humble yourselves before Him.

  9. Hi i am a type 2 diabetic what recipes you have low on carbs

    • Yes, many recipes on this site are good for people with diabetes (most, in fact). Feel free to browse around the different recipe categories, and let me know if you have specific questions!

  10. It was my understanding that you couldn’t eat dates or honey because those are considered ‘precious foods’. Only foods grown from seed are allowed.

    • The Daniel Fast is based upon the prophet Daniel’s fasting experiences as recorded in the Bible. Scripture gives us some insight (such as in Dan. 10:3) into what he ate and didn’t eat; however, we don’t know his complete menu. What we do know is this: In Daniel 1, Daniel chose not to eat the royal food that he was being served and ate only vegetables and drank water. Another time (in Daniel 10:2-3) he deprived himself of choice food, meat, and wine as he sought the Lord in prayer. Most commentaries believe “choice food” would have been bread and sweets.

      This is why, I believe, you will find some variation in the specific guidelines for the modern-day Daniel Fast, as far as what foods are included and which ones are restricted. The food guidelines on my website are the ones most commonly described in a Daniel Fast. The intention of today’s Daniel Fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel did but the spirit in which he did it. Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to hunger and thirst more for spiritual food than for physical food, which should be the desire of anyone choosing to participate in this type of fast.

      Try not to get too hung up on what you should and shouldn’t eat. Remember, the most important part of the fast is that you deny yourself physically so that you may seek the Lord in prayer and grow closer to Him. Your particular fast may look a little different than someone else’s, but that’s ok. Some people may need to be stricter than others in their food choices so that their fast is a sacrifice for them. These food guidelines are meant to be just that – a guide. They are given to help you create boundaries for your fast.

    • On the honey part, you are correct. No added sugar is allowed on the fast (sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave nectar, etc.). My recipe for Date Honey is made with two ingredients – dates and water. The “honey” description is because it’s smooth like a thick, honey paste.

  11. Tami Strickland says:

    I have tried two of your cookie recipes and both turned out kind of bad. Is it possible to ‘overbeat’ the mixture? One was the apple-date cookie and the other was the oatmeal raisin. I think I mixed both about 3-4 minutes each because I made so much of the recipe. The cookies never became crisp and were kind of chewy but no real flavor. I know you shouldn’t overbeat a cake batter, but I didn’t think that was true for cookie mixture that didn’t have dairy or regular flour. Please HELP.

    • Tami, I’m sorry to hear that! I haven’t gotten that kind of response with the cookies. Are you using a mixer? If so, that could be the problem. I usually stir the dough with a spatula to mix it. That way it maintains some nice texture. Are you using the Date Honey? That helps give the cookies some sweetness. Keep in mind, too, that the flavor will not be as strong since you’re not using vanilla extract or sugar! 🙂

  12. Trish Fallon says:

    I just made these cookies tonight following the recipe exactly. The taste was ok, but they were very, very dry. They were so dry that they completely crumbled in your hand. What did I do wrong?

    • Trish, I’m sorry they didn’t turn out. I hope you didn’t throw the batch away. You can always crumble the cookies up and use in other recipes, such as Nutty Fruit Cereal or as a topping on sliced bananas with almond milk. As far as what happened, maybe the Date Honey wasn’t moist enough. That’s my first thought. Also, did you use coconut water instead of coconut milk? That will make a big difference. Coconut milk is much creamier.

      • Trish Fallon says:

        Thanks for your response. I used coconut milk from a carton not canned. Would that have made the difference? (My first time using coconut milk ) I purchased coconut oil for other recipes. They say it can be used in pie crusts and in place of butter or margarine in some recipes.(not necessarily a Daniel Fast recipe) Would adding a little of the oil make the ingredients bind together as well as give the cookies a richer taste?
        Btw: I made the date honey according to recipe, so I’m not sure that’s the problem) Thanks again for your help. I want to try some other cookie recipes, but I don’t want the same results. So disappointing.

        • It might have. Yes, using a tad more oil could have helped. And, I’m sorry. I know it’s disappointing, but don’t give up! I have hundreds of recipes for you to browse through. I encourage you to try Almond Butter Bites. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with THEM! 🙂

  13. is almond milk ok unsweetened?

  14. Crystal Castro says:

    Is there a substitute for coconut flour (almond flour)?

    • Hi, Crystal! Yes, you can use any whole grain flour (whole wheat, brown rice, spelt, etc.). Another option is garbanzo bean flour. Thanks for your question!

  15. Can you substitute rice flour?

    • You may use brown rice flour. Any grains used on the Daniel Fast need to be WHOLE GRAIN (All parts of the kernel are used–bran, germ and endosperm). Refined flour (which includes white rice flour) doesn’t contain all the nutrients; therefore, it’s not whole grain. Great question!

  16. Fresh fruit, water and vegetables. All the other stuff is processed like the flours and breads and fabricated flavourings. It’s a fast not a feast.