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Whole-Wheat Date Nut Bread

Shira Bocar says, "I know the holiday season has arrived when my mom starts baking her date nut bread to give to friends. I've adjusted her recipe, using whole-wheat flour, brown sugar, and a judicious amount of vegetable oil. A spread of tangy Neufchatel cheese balances the sweet-nutty flavor of the dates and pecans."

  • Yield: Makes 1 loaf

Source: Whole Living, November 2011


  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Neufchatel cheese, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, pour hot water over dates and let stand until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in egg, oil, and vanilla. In another bowl, stir together flours, baking soda, salt, pecans, and brown sugar. Fold wet mixture into dry until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

  2. Bake about 65 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Let rest 10 minutes, then turn out from pan onto a cooling rack. Once cool, wrap in parchment if giving as a gift, or slice and spread with Neufchatel and serve.

Reviews (2)

  • ruralwannabe 31 Mar, 2013

    I will look for another recipe because I am all set to bake this one, ingredients out, and yet I wonder, do I drain the excess water off the dates? Kinda vital info Martha, please.

  • ecchan 13 Dec, 2011

    Question: Do you whisk in egg into the dates and hot water mixture? Or do you drain the water first?

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