Looking for Daniel Fast recipes? Here’s a Daniel Fast food list, meal plan download, and all you need to know about how to do this Bible-based 21 day fast.
Looking for Daniel Fast recipes, but not sure where to start? The Daniel Fast is a short-term partial fast with the goal of improving spiritual health. It’s followed by people all over the world, meant as a sort of cleanse, not a long-term diet practice. If you’re looking for recipes to start this fast, they can be hard to find! Here’s everything you need to know about the Daniel Fast: what it is, Daniel Fast foods, and all the recipes you need—including a meal plan spreadsheet!
What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a Biblical-based partial fast that’s often performed for 21 days (though 10 day and 40 day fasts are also common). The goal of the fast is not to be healthier or to lose weight, but draw closer to God. It’s meant as a cleansing to enhance spiritual health through simplifying your diet.
Daniel Fast recipes are essentially a whole food plant based diet (WFPB) with no bread or sweeteners. There are two passages (Daniel 1:12 and Daniel 10:12-13) that define the diet as:
- Eating only fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds
- Avoiding “choice foods” such as meat, dairy and sugars
- Drinking only water
Important: There don’t have to be strict parameters for the Daniel Fast, there are some gray areas (see below). Once you set on the rules for your own fast, stick to them.
Daniel Fast foods list
What can you eat on the Daniel Fast? Great question. The short definition above leaves a fair amount of questions. Here’s a few more specifics (here’s an exhaustive list):
What you can eat on the Daniel Fast
- Vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned, or dried): All vegetables (including potatoes and squashes, as long as they are not fried)
- Fruits (fresh, frozen, canned or dried): All fruits
- Whole grains and legumes: All whole grains including brown rice, quinoa, corn, wild rice, bulgur wheat, farro, millet, oats, quinoa, popcorn, and all legumes including beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas. Also includes whole grain pasta and whole grain tortillas.
- Healthy liquid oils: including olive, canola, corn, grapeseed, peanut, sunflower, safflower
- Nuts & seeds: including nut butters with no added sugars
What to avoid on the Daniel Fast
- Animal & dairy products including any meat, seafood, eggs, milk, and cheese
- Processed foods of any kind, including crackers, chips, fries, fast food, anything with additives or preservatives, white flour, and white rice
- Leavened bread meaning anything including yeast, like sandwich bread, artisan bread,
- Sweeteners including sugar, stevia, maple syrup and honey
- Drinks including coffee, tea, sweetened beverages, soda, and alcohol
Other questions to consider
There is some gray area in the Daniel Fast. Pasta or tortillas could be considered “processed” so you may opt to avoid from eating them, but they’re also minimally processed and many people allow whole grain versions of them.
- Do you want to include pasta and tortillas? These are plant based foods, but are minimally “processed”.
- Do you want to include coffee and juices? These are plant based, but the typical definition of the Daniel Fast only includes water for drinking.
- Do you want to refrain from eating at restaurants to simplify your diet? Making only homemade food for the 21 day fast could be a practice you may want to consider (and might be easier in the long run!).
Daniel Fast recipes
But here’s the big question: what does all this look like in practice? It certainly doesn’t need to be a big plate of carrots and celery. Daniel Fast recipes can be delicious and nourishing (though of course, the goal isn’t to be decadent!). Below are our favorite Daniel Fast recipes.
*Bonus: Meal plan download! To create a meal plan, click this Daniel Fast Recipes Spreadsheet.
Important: If you’re not used to cooking on the regular, this will involve a lot more cooking and planning than you’re used to! A key to making a meal plan work is leveraging leftovers and planning ahead. See the “10 Day Fast” tab in the spreadsheet above for examples!
Side dish recipes
Want to accessorize some of the Daniel Fast recipes above? Here are some side dish ideas:
- The BEST Kale Salad
- Spinach Apple Salad (use toasted walnuts and omit maple in dressing or use Homemade Salad Dressing)
- Simple Citrus Salad (omit maple in dressing)
- Favorite Chopped Salad (omit Parmesan and omit maple in dressing)
- Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate (omit maple in dressing)
- Best Steamed Broccoli (omit feta: it’s just as good!)
- Lemon Herb Steamed Cauliflower
- Lemony Steamed Green Beans
- Best Brussels Sprouts Recipe
- Baked Potato Wedges
- Mexican Coleslaw Recipe
- Vegan Nacho Cheese
- Best Roasted Vegetables
- How to Cook Whole Grains
More Daniel Fast breakfast recipes
Need a few more ideas for breakfast? Here are some more Daniel Fast approved breakfast recipes:
- Best Oatmeal Recipe with peanut butter & sliced strawberries
- DIY Instant Oatmeal with almond butter
- Easy Tofu Scramble
- Tofu Scramble with Black Beans
- Sweet Potato Hash Browns
- Coconut Strawberry Smoothie
- Green Apple Smoothie
- Homemade Acai Bowl
- Superfood Pecan Energy Bars
- Cashew No Bake Energy Bars
- Cherry Vegan Energy Bars
Whole food plant based eating
The Daniel Fast is very similar to a whole foods plant based diet. This way of eating can be a sustainable and healthy way of eating (including getting plenty of protein). Here are a few of our resources if you’re interested in eating this way in the long-term:Print
This healthy chili recipe is full of Daniel Fast approved ingredients and big flavor, featuring a trio of beans, quinoa, and lots of hearty spices.
- 3/4 cup dry quinoa
- 1 large yellow onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 large carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 green bell pepper
- 2 15-ounce cans beans (black beans or kidney beans, or 1 of each)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
- 2 28-ounce cans tomatoes (we used crushed Muir Glen-brand tomatoes)
- 1 ½ cup frozen corn
- 4 ounces chopped green chiles
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons each garlic powder and paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
- To garnish: Vegan Sour Cream, roasted salted pepitas, hot sauce
- Place 3/4 cup quinoa in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low. Cover the pot, and simmer where the water is just bubbling for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the water has been completely absorbed. (Check by pulling back the quinoa with a fork to see if water remains.) Turn off the heat and let sit covered to steam for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, chop the onion. Mince the garlic. Peel and chop the carrots. Chop the celery. Dice the green pepper. Drain and rinse the beans.
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil, then saute the onion for 5 minutes. Add in garlic, carrot, celery, and green pepper, and saute about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the soy sauce and adobo sauce and cook 30 seconds more.
- Add the black beans, kidney beans, Muir Glen tomatoes, 2 cups of the cooked quinoa (reserve remainder for future use), corn, and green chiles. Add enough water to obtain a liquid consistency, about 3 cups. Season with the chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, and ground cumin and bay leaf. Simmer chili on low for 30 minutes.
- When ready to serve, stir in the white wine vinegar and several pinches of kosher salt. Taste, and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with hot sauce and other chili fixings of your choice (lime, cilantro, and so forth).
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
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About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.