Date Nut Bread

date-nut-bread Photo: Travis Rathbone


  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF with a rack in middle. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan (preferably a light-colored metal pan). Place dates and coffee in a heatproof bowl, cover and let stand until dates are softened, about 15 minutes. Drain dates, reserving liquid, and let cool. Whisk flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until light, about 3 minutes. Add applesauce, eggs, vanilla and reserved liquid from dates until well combined. (Don't worry if mixture looks curdled.) Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, dates and walnuts until just combined. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake until a cake tester inserted in center comes out with crumbs adhering to it, about 1 hour.

3. Let cool slightly in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer to rack to cool completely. Cut bread into slices and serve. Wrap leftovers tightly and store at room temperature or freeze.

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  • Yield: Serves: 10

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 327
Fat per serving: 13g
Saturated fat per serving: 6g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 6g
Carbohydrate per serving: 49g
Fiber per serving: 4g
Cholesterol per serving: 59mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 183mg
Calcium per serving: 67mg

Good to Know

For a mid-morning snack, dates give this loaf bread a natural sweetness, while walnuts add a crunchy texture.