Date-Nut Bread


Dates are naturally sweet so no extra sugar is needed in this quick-bread recipe. Toasted almonds add a nice crunch and the optional coarse sugar topping--while it isn't needed for sweetness--certainly adds to the presentation.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
9 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 30 mins
16 slices


  • 1 (8 ounce) package pitted whole dates, snipped

  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon Light-colored corn syrup

  • 1 tablespoon Coarse sugar


  1. Place dates in a medium bowl. Pour the boiling water over the dates. Let stand for about 20 minutes or until the dates are softened and the mixture has cooled slightly.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an 8x4-inch loaf pan; set aside. Stir together both flours, the baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Beat the egg and vanilla in a small bowl with a fork; stir into the cooled date mixture. Add the date mixture and almonds to the flour mixture; stir until well mixed (the mixture will be thick).

  3. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan. Cool completely on the wire rack. Wrap the cooled loaf in plastic wrap and store overnight before slicing. If desired, brush the loaf with corn syrup and sprinkle with coarse sugar before slicing.


Tip: To toast nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

118 Calories
2g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 118
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g 7%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 49IU 1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 28mcg 7%
Sodium 175mg 8%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 166mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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