Date and Walnut Loaf

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This date and walnut loaf is dairy free, dense, filling and absolutely addictive. It has simple ingredients and comes together quickly. You will love this sweet, nutty bread with your morning cup of coffee.

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Why Make Date and Walnut Loaf

This bread is a quick bread, there is no waiting other than the baking process. It is easy to whip up. You can use coconut oil or canola oil making it dairy free. It has delicious juicy dates in every bit and crunchy walnuts making it filling, dense and oh so lush. I love the nutty sweetness you get from dates so this bread just hits the spot in the morning with a hot cup of coffee.

Ingredients To Make Date and Walnut Loaf

Date and Walnut Loaf Ingredients in bowls on a counter

How To Make This Recipe

Step One. Heat the oven to 350º. Grease or line in a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan in parchment paper. Chop dates. Add them to a medium bowl, pour the boiling water over the chopped dates. Add the coconut oil and set aside while you prepare everything.

Date and Walnut Loaf Steps1

Step Two. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract and egg with a mixer until light. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

Date and Walnut Loaf steps three and four

Step Three. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, alternating with the date and water mixture. Stir in the chopped nuts with a spoon. Pour into the loaf pan. Smooth out the top of the loaf. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The top of the loaf will be lightly browned as well. Let the loaf cool before icing (if using) and slicing.

Date and Walnut Loaf up close on cutting board.

Recipe FAQ’s

What can i use instead of coconut oil

Canola oil or melted butter will work in place.

Can I make this gluten free

Gluten free all purpose 1:1 flour typically works great for an gluten free substitute

I don’t have walnuts, what else can I use

You can use pecans instead of walnuts or skip the nuts altogether

My dates are too dry to chop!

This happens! Just let them soak in hot water for 1 minute then pull them out and try it again, always works like a charm for me.

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Date and Walnut Loaf on a cutting board.
5 from 3 votes

Date and Walnut Loaf

This date and walnut loaf is dairy free, dense, filling and absolutely addictive. It has simple ingredients and comes together quickly. You will love this bread with your morning cup of coffee.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup fresh dates
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil , melted
  • 1 cup water, hot/boiling
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar, ¾ cup if you like things sweeter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Optional for topping

  • cinnamon & sugar for topping , add to top before baking
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond milk or water

Instructions 

  • Heat the oven to 350º. Grease or line in a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan in parchment paper. Chop dates. Add them to a medium bowl, pour the boiling water over the chopped dates. Add the coconut oil and set aside while you prepare everything. 
    If your dates are dried out and difficult to chop, soak them in warm water prior to adding the boiling water and oil. Pull them out of the warm water, chop them then add to the boiling hot water with oil.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract and egg with a mixer until it's smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, alternating with the date and water mixture. Stir in the chopped nuts with a spoon. Pour into the loaf pan. Smooth out the top of the loaf. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The top of the loaf will be lightly browned in color. Let the loaf cool before icing (if using) and slicing.

Notes

If dates are too dried out or hard, read notes in instructions
icing is optional
walnuts or pecans will work

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 122
Keyword: breakfast, dessert
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This loaf was so much more than I expected. Heated up with a little butter and wow!

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you for the delicious recipe! great taste and texture
      I wonder if I add even less sugar or without sugar. texture change?

      1. Hi Daria,
        I would suggest using a zero calorie sugar alternative like Truvia or something of the sort, the sugar does help the texture of the bread.

        1. Can you use almond flour ? Thank you ! Looks amazing!

          1. I have not tried this recipe with almond flour, almond flour can be tricky with quick breads. I would suggest an all purpose gluten free blend instead. Enjoy!

  2. Made this last night it was THE BEST combination. I’ve never baked with dates before, very cool idea.