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Walnut Date Loaf

"I discovered this nutty bread when my aunt gave our family a bunch of dates and we didn't know what to do with them," recalls Karen-Jean Coxe of Ione, California. "I simply love it!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf, 16 servings, 1 slice per serving


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a bowl, combine the dates, water and oil; let stand for 10 minutes (do not drain). Add the brown sugar, egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into date mixture just until combined. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 199 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • bicktasw
    Dec 24, 2019

    I just made this Walnut Date Loaf to serve on Christmas Eve. I followed the recipe exactly except I toasted the walnuts. The loaf was nice and dense but a wee bit dry which is ok as I sliced it and spread whipped cream cheese on it and made "finger sandwiches" which were delicious! The loaf itself had a wonderful flavor and toasting the walnuts took it to the next level.....I'd surely make this again.