Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

This time of year calls for all of the Brussels sprouts recipes and I couldn’t love these Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts more! It’s an easy and delicious recipe to add to your holiday menu and I can promise the whole family will love. These are the perfect mix of sweet and savory with the chopped dates, bacon and pecans.

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Bowl

There’s something about Brussels sprouts during the holiday season that I love. The flavors of the bacon, dates and maple syrup in these make it the perfect side dish to make this time of year. I bet you can even convince someone that doesn’t love Brussels sprouts to enjoy these! Add these to your menu for an easy side that pairs perfectly with turkey.

What you need:

  • Brussels Sprouts: I like to buy a bag of these and cut them up for this recipe! Brussels sprouts are in season right now which makes them the perfect recipe for this.
  • Maple Syrup: the sweet and salty that these give (but more on the sweet side) makes these perfect for the holiday table.
  • Bacon: it doesn’t get much better than bacon with Brussels sprouts. Such a good combo!
  • Dates: you want to make sure you’re using pitted medjool dates here! A bite of Brussels sprouts with dates and bacon is the best!
  • Chopped pecans: I love adding these in here for a little crunch. You can leave out or switch out for walnuts if you prefer that.
  • Garlic clove, minced
  • Sea salt
  • Avocado oil: you want to make sure your cast iron is fully coated with avocado oil before cooking. I like to use avocado oil because it’s a high smoke point.

Where you should serve your Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts:

  • At your Thanksgiving table!
  • With your Christmas spread
  • At your holiday party
  • Alongside a weeknight dinner
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Bowl

How to make Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts:

  1. Start by chopping all Brussels sprouts in half.
  2. In cast iron skillet, add avocado oil and minced garlic. Place Brussels sprouts in the skillet to saute for 8-10 minutes. Top with sea salt
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Place brussels in the oven in cast iron skillet for 10 minutes. Flipping around half way through.
  5. Once finished in the oven, place on low heat on the stove and add maple syrup, pecans and chopped dates. Stir to mix together.


What did you use to make the Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts?

I love my cast iron! I used this one.

What if I don’t have a cast iron?

I love using a Cast Iron Skillet for this recipe! If you have another dish that will transfer from stovetop to oven, you can use that instead! Be sure to check that it can be transferred. What I love from the cast iron is the crisp that the Brussels sprouts get from cooking in it.

How do you cut the Brussels Sprouts?

Be sure to wash the Brussels sprouts before cutting them up! Once you have washed them, cut the bottoms off and then cut the Brussels sprouts in half. Do this to all of them.

Can I leave out the bacon?

Yes! If you want to make this meatless, you can leave out the bacon in this recipe. I do recommend it though 🙂

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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts make for the perfect addition to your holiday sides. They are a delicious mix of sweet and savory that everyone will love!


  • 16 oz chopped brussels sprouts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup chopped & pitted dates
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Chop up brussels sprouts in half. In cast iron skillet, add avocado oil and minced garlic.
  3. Add chopped brussels with sea salt and saute for 7-9 minutes. Brussels will be lightly browned
  4. Place cast iron skillet in the oven for 10-12 minutes (flipping half way through)
  5. Place back on stove on low heat and add maple syrup, chopped dates, crumbled bacon and pecans. Stir to mix.
  6. Serve & enjoy!

Talk soon, Taylor.

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