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Vegan Devils on Horseback

The ultimate Super Bowl party snack for herbivores, and after a couple of drinks your meatmouth friends will swear that they’re eating bacon wrapped dates.

I made these for a wedding once, and the crush of well dressed people nearly trampling each other to grab a handful of Devils on Horseback looked like something out of World War Z.

They’re that awesome.

I’m channeling my inner Vegan Black Metal Chef with today’s entry I tried to make Seitan on Horseback work, but it didn’t come close to this awesomeness.


9 Medjool dates (don’t skimp of cheap dates, get the good ones)

1 package Lightlife Tempeh Bacon (I like this one best, but any Fakin Bacon is fine)

9 Pecan halves

9 toothpicks, soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning

Olive Oil Misto or Cooking Spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400F

  2. Slice each date lengthwise. Remove the pit and replace it with a pecan.

  3. Close the date and wrap it with the tempeh strip. Use a toothpick to hold it together.

  4. Place the wrapped dates on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Mist with olive oil or cooking spray

  5. Bake until tempeh is crispy (approx. 12-15 mins.)

  6. Remove from oven. You might have to pretend to care about the game, but you’ll actually enjoy these devils.

  7. Repeat if you have more guests

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