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“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2, 3


One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat. The Daniel Fast is limited to vegetables (includes fruits) and water.


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Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast including the Daniel Fast. If you would like a list of the foods included and excluded in the Daniel Fast to show your doctor, just copy the contents of this page. Also, if you are interested in a collection of recipes that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel fast, click here.

After answering hundreds of questions about the Daniel Fast, I am updating the food guidelines. My hope is that it will serve as a more complete list. The original list used by many people was issued in a book about fasting. I know the author tried to do the best he could, but that isn’t the same as getting hundreds of questions seeking clarification. So here is the new list that I hope helps.

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.


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The work in Zimbabwe has been fulfilled. Thank you to all who participated!


9842 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for your post, I am thinking about doing the Daniel fast. Very helpful information.

    October 4, 2015
  2. Bobbie #

    Can you have cream of wheat on a Daniel Fast?

    October 3, 2015
    • Hi Bobbie,

      Yes, if the only ingredients are whole wheat with no sweeteners or chemicals. You can then eat it with unsweetened plant-based milk and fruit.

      October 5, 2015
  3. Cheree Edwards #

    Is couscous allowed on this fast?

    October 1, 2015
    • Israel couscous is made with whole grains. So you can have that and still be within the Daniel Fast Guidelines.

      October 5, 2015
  4. Maria #

    My husband and I are starting the DF today and my brother has decided to join us and read the Book of Daniel while fasting. In preparation, last night he (my brother) opened the bible to the BOD and my husband’s mother’s prayer card was there…we are touched by this, we lost Mama two years ago… and wanted to share. xo

    October 1, 2015
    • Hi Maria,

      What a great touch for the Lord as you began your fast. He is so good.

      Be blessed.

      October 5, 2015
  5. Jessica #

    Very helpful, thank you!!

    September 30, 2015
  6. Ronald #

    Why are salt and spices allowed but not honey, surely spices of all kinds would be a no no considering that at one stage spices were used as trade and thus in my opinion would have been expensive?

    September 30, 2015
    • Honey is a sweetener and no sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      The Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of Daniel. However, we’re not trying to eat as he ate, but instead to stay within the fasting guidelines.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      October 5, 2015
  7. rachel #

    hi there, going out to mexican for a birthdya dinner- would a tortilloa be ok? I’d get it without the dairy products (sour cream and cheese) and with vegetables.
    God bless,

    September 29, 2015
    • Hi Rachel,

      Most tortillas a riddled with chemicals and other ingredients not allowed on the Daniel Fast. You would be better off with a salad with beans, guacamole, and lots of vegetables.

      October 5, 2015
  8. dlow #

    Great website and information…. it’s very clear and easy to understand if we take the time to read it. All of my questions were answered. Thank you!!

    September 28, 2015
    • Thank you! We try to provide the information people need! Sadly, so few take the time to prepare for the fast and often end up with unsuccessful experiences.

      Be blessed

      October 5, 2015
  9. #

    We have a second small group participating in the df. Feeling energized already. Is herbal tea acceptable.

    August 19, 2015
    • No tea on the Daniel Fast. The only beverage is water. See Daniel 1

      Be blessed in your group!

      August 20, 2015
  10. Nia S #

    I purchased some Amy’s Veggie Meatballs but when I got home I saw that the last ingredient was yeast. Would these be restricted for the Daniel Fast? Here are the ingredients :


    August 18, 2015
    • Nia, this looks like it would be okay. My guess is the yeast is not used as a leavening agent, but rather for nutrition. The leavening is the yeast not allowed.

      I hope this helps!

      August 20, 2015
  11. Lisa #

    Is citric acid allowed?

    August 15, 2015
    • Yes, it’s a naturally derived product from citrus fruit.

      August 20, 2015
  12. Chuck Reed #

    Can u have Bigs sunflower seeds sea salt and black pepper on the daniel fast?

    August 15, 2015
    • I’m not sure about this product. The answer lies in the list of ingredients on the label. If it’s just salt and pepper you are fine. Chemicals and sweeteners, then no.

      August 20, 2015
  13. Ashley Loiseau #

    When you said are not limited that mean they are excepted to eat during fasting… ?

    August 14, 2015
    • That means the listing is not exhaustive. For example, if a fruit is not listed but it’s a natural fruit, then it would be allowed.

      August 20, 2015
  14. Emily #

    I am seeing a lot of people with questions your way of the daneil fasting is not very clear or there really would not be soooo many questions about such a wide variety of the food

    August 12, 2015
    • Hi Emily,

      I have been guiding people for a successful Daniel Fast since 2007. All the information people need is covered in my book, The Daniel Fast: Strengthen our spirit, feed your soul and renew your body. And this site also provides massive information about the fast.

      The problem is that many people don’t invest the time to study, read, and gain knowledge. I count the number of times people have asked if it’s okay to drink tea, yet the answer is clearly available here on the site.

      So, maybe you are right . . . I don’t do a good job. I’ll think about it and see how I can improve.

      Be blessed

      August 20, 2015
  15. Emily #

    List what we CANNOT have would be a lot easier to comprehend that
    “All fruit but not limited to”
    To me that is not specific lists

    August 12, 2015
    • Emily, that means that the list is not exhaustive. For example, there could be fruits not listed, however they would still be allowed.

      August 20, 2015
  16. Gretchen #

    I start my Daniel 21 day fast today. For spiritual and losing weight reasons

    August 10, 2015
  17. Cynthia Mackins #

    Can I eat dry cranberries

    August 6, 2015
    • No, not usually. The reason is that the food suppliers usually add sweetener to them since they are so naturally tart. You can have raisins, which have a lot of natural sugar and don’t need any added.

      August 20, 2015
  18. Sonia #

    can coconut water be consumed in the Daniel Fast

    August 5, 2015
    • Yes, in recipes. However, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water.

      Be blessed

      August 20, 2015
  19. Hi,

    Can I take skimmed milk whilst on Daniel’s Fast?
    Thank u

    July 24, 2015
    • No, the Daniel Fast it totally plant-based. So no dairy products on the fast.

      August 20, 2015
  20. Deirdre #

    Can sunflower oil be used in preparation of the meals?

    July 20, 2015
  21. Are plain triscuits ok

    July 20, 2015
  22. Nate #

    I don’t see how fruit could be on the list at all. Nor anything but veggies, herbs and water. And grains and nuts would seem to be disallowed. If speaking to this Daniel fast in particular: “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.” But, of course it is still a fast.

    July 17, 2015
    • Nate. the Hebrew uses the words “pulse to eat and water to drink.” Pulse is food grown from seed. The later translations us the word “vegetables” and thus a lot of confusion. But when we go back to the Hebrew (and the KJV) the word “pulse” is use.

      I hope this helps.

      August 20, 2015
  23. Jada Thompspn #

    Thank You

    July 16, 2015
  24. Lissette Colon #

    Can a fruit smoothie -pineapple mango or strawberry banana acceptable during the Daniel Fast

    July 13, 2015
    • Yes, smoothies are considered “liquid meals” so they are allowed. You just want to make sure all ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast Guidelines.

      Be blessed.

      August 20, 2015
  25. Randall Garcia #

    Can vegetable oil be used in the Daniel fast ?

    July 9, 2015
    • Yes, just not deep frying with it. However sauteing vegetables would be allowed.

      August 20, 2015
  26. Tiffanae Blintzki #

    Why the balls can’t I have tea?

    July 2, 2015
    • Because the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. See Daniel 1.

      Be blessed!

      August 20, 2015
  27. Terrance #

    Are gram crackers allowed on the Daniel fast?

    July 1, 2015
    • Not likely as they probably have sweeteners added as an ingredient. Read the list of ingredients on the label.

      August 20, 2015
  28. Kendall #

    Hey I was wondering on can foods like vegetables if the ingredieents says corn, water, salt can that food be used on the Daniel fast

    June 16, 2015
    • Yes it would be acceptable. Plus, smart of you to read the list of ingredients. This is a habit you will get into on the Daniel Fast and one you can carry over into your everyday life!

      Be blessed.

      June 18, 2015
  29. Sandra #

    Hi Susan,during the winter,on the Daniel Fast,- what may be added to warm water ?

    June 14, 2015
    • Hi Sandra!

      I usually add slices of lemon to my hot water. It’s refreshing. I also just drink hot water in the mornings when I normally drink coffee.

      June 18, 2015
  30. Clare #

    Hi i just wanted to get some clarification on vermicelli and ramen noodles ( noodles alone)?. Can this be consumed during the Daniel Fast.

    June 10, 2015
    • Clare, check out the ingredients listed on the label. If the noodles are made with whole grains and there are not chemicals or sweeteners added in the plant-based product, then you should be fine. I use ramen noodles that I find in the natural foods section of my local supermarket.

      Be blessed.

      June 18, 2015
  31. Joyce #

    Hi I was just wondering I use a cup of beef broth in my veggie soup with veggie broth I didn’t realize that no beef products were allowed on the Daniel fast is it alright to eat it now that it is made ?

    June 8, 2015
    • Joyce, you would be out of sync with the fast. The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based with no animal products.

      June 18, 2015
  32. Que #

    Hi, please help…can I have Chamomile tea while fasting?

    June 8, 2015
    • No, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1).

      Be blessed.

      June 18, 2015
  33. nore #

    Can i have protein shakes?

    June 6, 2015
    • Yes, if all the ingredients are plant-based and free of sweeteners and chemicals.

      Be blessed

      June 18, 2015
  34. chris #

    Is almond butter ok with pure sugar cane as an ingrediant

    June 3, 2015
    • No, because not sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Look for unsweetened almond butter. Or, you can make your own at many supermarkets (that’s what I do) or health food stores. Easy and clean.

      Be blessed

      June 18, 2015
  35. Ikenna Isife #

    I find ur post rich and informative. Remain blessed.

    June 2, 2015
  36. Can you have almond milk

    June 2, 2015
  37. Are raisins good to eat ?

    June 2, 2015
    • Yes, raisins are a good choice for the Daniel Fast. By the way, dried cranberries usually have sugar added to them, so they would NOT be okay.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      June 18, 2015
  38. Joyce Bertin #

    It say’s in the fruits that we can eat one of the fruits are raisins I check and there is a lot of sugar in them is it natural sugar that is in the raisins?

    June 2, 2015
    • Naturally derived sugar is allowed on the Daniel Fast. That means the sugar (glucose) that is already included in the natural product. It’s when sugar or other sweeteners are added that the food item would not be allowed.

      June 18, 2015
  39. Joyce Bertin #

    This is my first day on the Daniel fast and praying that I will be able to do it 20 more day’s I really feel in my heart that I need to do it as I am having a knee replacement and have a lot of fear — can I eat flatbread with natural peanut butter and oat bran cearel?

    June 1, 2015
    • Yes Joyce. Be sure no leavening agents are included on the list of ingredients for the flat bread. I use peanut butter on rice cakes for breakfast and snacks.

      Be blessed

      June 18, 2015
  40. Leilani Van Prooyen #

    I was wondering I started today my fast and the only concern is my vitamins. I take serveral supplements which are all gummy as I can’t take pills. Some of these are requested by my physician but I don’t want to be doing this the wrong.

    June 1, 2015
    • You always want to follow the instructions of your health professionals. So continue on the vitamins.

      Be blessed

      June 1, 2015
      • Judy C #

        Can you use stevia on the Daniel faster?

        July 13, 2015
      • No. Sweeteners or any kind are not allowed on the fast. However, Stevia is a great choice AFTER your fast :-)

        August 20, 2015

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