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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!


10809 Comments Post a comment
  1. No, only plant-based foods are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    January 11, 2018
  2. Unsweetened almond milk can be used on cereal or in recipes. The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. No butter; only plant-based foods are allowed.

    January 11, 2018
  3. Flour made from whole grains are allowed.

    January 11, 2018
  4. Yes, that’s right. Don’t be legalistic, but also don’t miss out on the huge benefits of denying the flesh. Don’t focus on the food. Keep the meals simple.

    I encourage everyone who’s reading this post to watch this teaching. It will clear up a lot of the questions you have:

    Be blessed on your fast.

    January 11, 2018
  5. Ezekiel Bread has yeast. No leavening on the Daniel Fast.

    I don’t want to get into a debate about the fast. I didn’t invent it. I only teach about it.

    Are you willing to submit yourself to the guidelines? That’s the question. And that’s one of the most powerful lessons one can learn on the fast. To deny the flesh and learn how to submit. That’s when we move into maturity and away from being carnal. Paul said, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal.”

    Be blessed.

    January 11, 2018
  6. Sea salt, herbs and spices are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Honey is not as it’s a sweetener and now sweeteners of any kind are allowed on the Fast.

    January 11, 2018
  7. Plant-based broth bullion cubes are allowed if there list of ingredients has no chemicals or sweeteners.

    January 11, 2018
  8. No. No sweeteners of any kind are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    January 11, 2018
  9. Edwin Ingram #

    Is fruit syrup acceptable during the Daniel fast ??

    January 11, 2018
  10. That sounds like withdrawal symptoms from caffeine. Next time, be sure to wean yourself off caffeine before you begin the fast. For me, I call those “notes to self” for next time around!

    Be blessed on your fast.

    January 11, 2018
  11. Treating illnesses is always allowed on the Daniel Fast. So use whatever would help you recover.

    Be blessed,


    January 11, 2018
  12. Felicia #

    Is there a Daniel fast approved throat lozenge that I can have during the fast? I’m still recovering from sinus infection and the coughing at night keeps me up.

    January 10, 2018
  13. Angelina #

    I am doing the fast with my church. I am having an aching pain from my hips down my legs. Any suggestions?

    January 10, 2018
  14. Tinna #

    My question is in reference to the bouillon cubes when making soups and beans? I didn’t see a response to the question when someone else asked. Thanks.

    January 9, 2018
  15. Reuben V. Rice #

    What spices can be used on the daniel diet
    Also is sea salt and honey allowed

    January 9, 2018
  16. Josh #

    There is nothing wrong with frying potatoes in a healthy oil, ezekiel bread ( and no, there is no honey in it and even if there was, big deal, or herbal tea (it is grown and natural) as far as I’m concerned. It’s not about following to the letter that others have decided/interpreted for you, it’s about your focus and your heart. For example, many make allowances for some 100% juice, is this a big deal? No. It’s a big deal if you’re using juice as replacement for your daily soda and thus treating yourself and or your addiction to sweets, which really has little difference as far as sugar intake is concerned anyway.

    I don’t understand why you’re telling people yes or no to x or y, if you like you said, it’s about your heart. You compromise with smoothies, this can be really be no different than 100% juice…you can make a pretty dang sweet smoothie with no added sugar needed (who does that?), every fruit you add, adds significant sugar, not too mention, they didn’t have blenders back then. (I have no issue with smoothies, just pointing this out if you really wanted to adhere to the ‘letter’).

    Biblically speaking the hebrew word is vegetables of all kinds – roots, beans, leaves etc, fruits, nuts (although i’d avoid sweetened nuts), and herbs/seeds for the diet and of course combinations in baked items that contain those that are free of additives and processed junk (ezekial bread either homemade or bought is probably one of the few i can think of off the top of my head).

    Stick to the guidelines as is reasonable and dedicate to the Lord and He will bless regardless or how exacting you are.

    January 9, 2018
  17. Max Messer #

    Thank you so much for all of the great advice and help! Just wanted to leave a comment to people that are doing this fast to draw close to Jesus, don’t be legalistic about it! Use the fast to grow close to Jesus and don’t hate the situation because of it!

    January 8, 2018
  18. Jim Warren #

    Are there certain types of flour you can or can’t have like rice flour or rice concentrate?

    January 8, 2018
  19. Is almond milk or butter allowed on the Daniel plan

    January 8, 2018
  20. Seben Griffin #

    Can i use Ghee butter on this fast

    January 8, 2018
  21. Fikile Shongwe #

    Can I eat vegetable sushi while on the Daniel fast? But the restaurant says they use Japanese rice..

    January 8, 2018
  22. Cherylle-Anne #

    Can I eat the beans from a bean stew that has meat if I discarded the meat?

    January 7, 2018
  23. melissa fell #

    Are dates ok?

    January 6, 2018
  24. Ronnie Tolliver #

    Is it ok to eat Cheerios and milk Daniel 21 day fast

    January 2, 2018
  25. Is Agave used on the fast?

    January 1, 2018
  26. Hi Debbie,

    Yes it can be kind of confusing. I didn’t invent the fast, I just each about it. The guidelines have always had no deep fried foods, I believe because they were considered more decadent.

    Here is what’s most important: Don’t let the food become the focus of the fast. Keep your meals simple and your time with the Lord rich.

    Take a look at this teaching so learn more about what I mean:

    January 1, 2018
  27. Yes, as long as it’s free of chemicals and sweeteners.

    Be blessed on your fast!

    January 1, 2018
  28. No, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water.

    Learn more about the fast here on this video:

    January 1, 2018
  29. I am always confused. If I take a potato slice it up and sprinkle olive oil on it and bake it, what would be the difference in baked vs deep fried. They are both being cooked in oil. I am not talking how many calories or such. I am talking about the way food is prepared.

    January 1, 2018
  30. DEBORAH #

    can i drink coffee or tea

    January 1, 2018
  31. Falilat #

    Hi, I was wondering if I could use a 100% herbal dietary supplement while on the fast?

    December 31, 2017
  32. Yes, if all the ingredients follow the Daniel Fast guidelines. No sweeteners or chemicals. Totally plant-based.

    Be blessed!

    August 1, 2017
  33. Keyma #

    Hi I wanted to know if I can use silk brand plant powered protein milk

    July 7, 2017
  34. No, sweeteners are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    February 5, 2017
  35. Oatmeal is allowed. Make sure the ingredients are free of sweeteners and/or chemicals if you are using a packaged variety. Serve with plant-based milk and fresh or dried fruit.

    February 5, 2017
  36. Smoothies as “liquid meals” are allowed on the fast if they are totally plant-based and made with no sweeteners or chemicals.

    February 5, 2017
  37. No, only who grains on the Daniel Fast. By the way, sugar as far as food analysis is not what is the deciding factor. It’s the ingredients.

    February 5, 2017
  38. Yes, if the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines.

    February 5, 2017
  39. Yes, that would be acceptable if there are no leavening agents.

    February 5, 2017

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