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Whole-Wheat Date Nut Bread

The spread of tangy Neufchatel cheese balances the sweet-nutty flavor of the dates and pecans in this homemade sweet bread.

  • Yield: Makes 1 loaf

Photography: Johnny Miller

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.

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