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Breakfast Date Bread.. On a stick


My kids don’t like dates, but they had no problem eating this Date/Nut bread!

Dates are a great source of fruit.  They have:

  • More antioxidants than apples, oranges, grapes, mangoes, or cantaloupe.
  • They are a great source of fiber.
  • They are naturally fat-free, cholesterol free and sodium free.
  • They promote good digestion!!
Breakfast Date Bread.. On a stick. Here's a treat for my fellow bread lovers!

Since those are some great reasons to put dates in your kids diet, here is a great recipe!


  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cup dates

Pour boiling water over dates and let sit for 10 minutes. Then add:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.

In separate bowl:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBL melted butter

Combine date/flour mixture with sugar mixture and stir just till everything is moistened.  If there is one thing I’ve learned in baking is not to over mix!  Pour batter into 1 well greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until center is cooked.

Breakfast Date Bread.. On a stick. Here's a treat for my fellow bread lovers!

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Natalie Monson

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We love dates– especially my son. I’m definitely trying this recipe. I feel like I’m baking way more now that I have a son, and most of the time healthy stuff… did that happen to you?

It turns out tough and heavy rather than light and fluffy. Maybe it’s because the gluten bonds get stronger and stronger the more you mix.

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Have a super week!

Hi Jennifer-
I actually can’t remember what I’ve done here and I”ll have to make it again, but I would err on the side of draining! Good luck!

I have come across your website through pinterest and I’m so happy that I have found this! My baby has quickly become toddler, and trying to find food she’ll eat that my husband will also eat has been a new challenge in this chapter of life. This date loaf is just one of the favourites (and it’s a great pick-me-up for me when I have skipped a meal because of nap, diaper explosion, laundry, dogs, or other mom things that come up). Thanks again!

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Hi there. Recipe looks delicious – would love to try it. Can I just ask what TBL means? Is it a US measure, we don’t use that measure here in the UK. I’m guessing tbsp for tablespoon? Am I close? ?

What could you substitute for the nuts? My daughter is allergic and I’m not sure if pumpkin seeds or something would achieve similar results. I love the idea of date bread, though! She’s not a fruit lover, so I could maybe sneak that one in.

Anyone who has made this — did you drain the water? I did and I don’t think there’s anyway I should have. I’m going to have to add some back and hope it turns out ok!!

I did not drain the water, since the instructions say just to combine the dates with the flour and nuts and don’t specify to drain. The bread turned out great. It appeared to be the right amount of liquid vs. dry. But next time I will chop the dates a bit before adding the boiling water to them so there’s better distribution.

Hi there! I haven’t tried a substitute for the sugar in this recipe, so I can’t promise it will yield the same results. You could try honey or pure maple syrup if you like, or leave out added sweeteners altogether, and just let the sweetness of the dates shine through. If you try a substitution, please let us know how it turns out!