The Daniel Fast is a biblically based 21 day fast. People all over the world participate in this fast for spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting. I think of the Daniel Fast as a really strict vegan diet. Some of the things to avoid are meat and dairy (easy for vegans !!!!), yeast, leavening agents and sweeteners. Water is the only drinking beverage allowed during the Daniel Fast.
Everything on the Daniel Fast should be free of chemicals and/or sweeteners. Be sure to read the labels for ingredients.
Unsweetened plant based milks (rice, almond, coconut, soy) are allowed for use in recipes and on cereal but NOT as a drinking beverage.
Unsweetened fruit juices are allowed for use in recipes (including smoothies), but are NOT allowed as a drinking beverage.
Daniel 1:12 is the verse indicating to drink only water during the Daniel Fast.
Daniel 10:2-3 are the verses indicating the duration of the fast is 3 weeks and no meat or wine should be consumed during the fast.
Why no leavening agents ? In the Old Testament, leaven is used to represent sin or what is evil and false. Unleavened bread symbolizes without sin or goodness and truth.
During the Daniel Fast it is important to:
- Pray - during the fast, increase the frequency of your daily prayer
- Spend time with God by reading the Bible
- Listen for answers to your prayers
- Seek God's guidance in your life
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This is the list I follow:
Foods to Eat on the Daniel Fast
- All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
- All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
- All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, wild rice, bulgur (bulgar), buckwheat, corn, farro, oats, quinoa, millet, whole wheat pasta, popcorn, spelt, grits and whole wheat.
- All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. Nut butters are also included.
- Unleavened bread – whole grain bread made without yeast, sugar or preservatives
- All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.
- All quality oils – canola, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, and sesame.
- Beverages - distilled water, filtered water, and spring water. Smoothies are allowed as a snack or meal replacement. Perrier water (naturally carbonated with no sweeteners or additives.)
- Algae, Nori Sheets
- Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
- Citric acid (an organic natural preservative)
- Corn starch
- Corn tortillas (baked, not deep fried and make sure they are chemical-free, sugar-free and free of any animal products)
- Flat bread (since there are no leavening agents - usually just water, whole wheat flour and oil)
- Fruit preserves (no added sweeteners or chemicals)
- Herbs, spices, salt, pepper, seasonings (no added sugar)
- Lime or lemon juice (used in recipes)
- Liquid smoke
- Mustard (no sweeteners or chemicals)
- Nutritional yeast (deactivated and not a leavening agent)
- Popcorn (no butter)
- Psyllium seed or husk
- Red hot sauce
- Rice cakes (made with brown rice)
- Roasted plantain
- Salsa (no sugar)
- Soy Lecithin
- Soy products (tofu, tempeh, soy sauce, tamari)
- Tapioca starch
- Unsweetened almond milk, rice milk, or soy milk
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Unsweetened cocoa powder (additive free) is allowed in recipes
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Vanilla extract (The alcohol is minimal and is not used for the same purpose as to why Daniel didn’t drink wine)
- Vinegar (all vinegars including red wine vinegar, but make sure the rice vinegar comes from brown rice or whole grain and not white rice)
- Wheat gluten
- Whole wheat tortillas
- Yeast extract (not a leavening agent)
NOTE: unsweetened plant based milks (rice, almond, coconut, soy) are allowed for use in recipes and on cereal and not as a drinking beverage.
NOTE: unsweetened fruit juices are allowed for use in recipes (including smoothies) but not as a drinking beverage.
Foods to Avoid on the Daniel Fast
This is NOT a complete list of foods to avoid during the Daniel Fast. Remember - READ THE LABELS !!!
- All meat & animal products, including (but not limited to) –
- All dairy products, including (but not limited to) –
- All sweeteners, including (but not limited to) –
- Agave nectar
- Artificial sweeteners
- Cane juice
- Raw sugar
- All leavened bread & yeast, including (but not limited to) –
- Baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cream of tartar
- Sourdough starter
- All refined & processed food products, including (but not limited to) –
- Artificial flavorings
- Food additives
- Artificial preservatives
- White flour
- White rice
- All deep-fried foods, including (but not limited to) –
- Corn chips
- Corn nuts
- French fries
- Potato chips
- All solid fats, including (but not limited to) –
- Foods high in fat
- Beverages, including (but not limited to) –
- Carbonated drinks
- Energy drinks
- Herbal tea
- Hot chocolate
- Other, including (but not limited to) –
- Breath mints (contains sweeteners or chemicals)
- Gum (contains sweeteners or chemicals)
- Sriracha (contains sugar)
Controversial Areas on the Daniel Fast
- Fermented foods are controversial - including wine, soy sauce and vinegar. Some people avoid all fermented products while on the Daniel Fast. The fast I follow does not allow alcohol, but does allow soy sauce and vinegar.
- Whether or not to use nutritional yeast is a personal decision. It is an inactive form of yeast and not a leavening agent.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder is one of the controversial areas - unsweetened cocoa powder is fine in recipes, but it does contain caffeine, which is not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Recipes for the Daniel Fast
The Chocolate Nutty Bars were the first Daniel Fast chocolate bars I made - and I think they are still my favorite !!!!
Here are some recipes that can be eaten while on the Daniel Fast. I know some Daniel Fasts are more strict than others...some allow vinegar and nutritional yeast, while others do not.
- Sweet Potato:
Balls and Bars:
- Coconut Almond Snack Balls (DF, GF)
- Goji Berry:
- Peanut Butter:
- Adzuki Beans:
- Black Beans:
- Kidney Beans:
- Pinto Beans:
- Sweet Potato:
- Easy Strawberry Fruit Leather Rollup (use pureed strawberries with unsweetened applesauce)
Banana Based - Chocolate:
- Banana Based - Mango:
- Mango Banana Chia Seed Pudding (DF, GF) (Use date syrup)
- Banana Based - Peanut Butter:
- Banana Based - Raspberry:
- Banana Based - Spice:
Sweet Potato Based:
- Chocolate Coconut Mousse (DF, GF) - Sweet Potato Based
- Chocolate Pudding (DF, GF) - Sweet Potato Based
- Chocolate Pudding (DF, GF) - Take 2 - Sweet Potato Based
- Overnight Old-Fashioned Oats (Use date syrup instead of brown sugar)
- Basic Chocolate Overnight Oats (DF, GF) (Use date syrup)
- Chocolate Coconut Overnight Old Fashioned Oats (Use date syrup instead of brown sugar)
- Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Overnight Old Fashioned Oats (DF, GF)
- "Caramel" Old Fashioned Overnight Oats (DF, GF)
- Chocolate Gingerbread Overnight Old Fashioned Oats (GF) (Use date syrup instead of molasses)
- Chocolate Mint Overnight Old Fashioned Oats
- Steel Cut:
- Overnight Steel Cut Oats (Use date syrup instead of brown sugar)
- Mac & Cheez:
- Creamy Mac and Cheez (DF) (uses nutritional yeast)
- Black Bean:
- Quinoa Corn Bean Edamame Tomato Salad (DF)
- Red Quinoa Black Bean Corn Salad (DF,GF)
- Red Quinoa Pinto Bean Corn Salad (DF,GF)
- Cinnamon Almond Walnut Pecan Coconut Raisin Trail Mix (DF, GF)
- Cinnamon Trail Mix (leave out the chocolate chips)
Soups, Chilis, and Stews:
- Sweet Potato:
- Basic Tofu Scramble (uses nutritional yeast)
Veggies and Sides:
Other: Sweet Potatoes: