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Date and Walnut Loaf | Sophia's Kitchen

Date and Walnut Loaf

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 slices

There's not many things better than a warm slice of this cozy loaf with lashings of butter. Dates and walnuts compliment each other so well - the sweetness of the dates and the slightly bitter nuttiness of the walnuts makes for a totally mouthwatering recipe. Best served with a big cup of tea!


  • 225 g dates pitted
  • 250 g water boiling
  • 110 g rolled oats
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 160 g walnuts
  • 150 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch mixed spice
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 100 g demerara sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160° Fan / Gas Mark 4. Line a 1-pound loaf tin (9x19cm) with greaseproof paper and set aside.

  2. Add the dates to the mixing bowl and chop 5 Sec / Speed 6. Transfer the dates into a bowl and add the water. Add the oats and bicarbonate of soda and leave to sit for 15 minutes.

  3. Place the walnuts in the mixing bowl. Chop 3 Sec / Speed 5.

  4. Add the date mixture, plain flour, ground cinnamon, mixed spice, butter, egg, baking powder and demerara sugar to the mixing bowl and combine 30 Sec / Speed 4.

  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

  6. Leave to cool on a wire cooling rack before slicing. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Date and Walnut Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 363mg10%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 186IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Joan Johnson on February 12, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    Sophia, I haven’t made this yet,but I’m sure it will be lovely like the rest of your recipes.
    I wanted to know if there is a substitute I can use for the egg please? as our son is Vegan.
    If there isn’t I will cook it for my husband and me.
    Thanks for any help,

    • Sophia H Sophia H on February 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      There isn’t but I will look into doing an egg free bread soon 🙂

    • Merryll on February 22, 2020 at 3:32 am

      I made a vegan version from Pinterest using my thermomix. Just replaced cows milk with almond milk. No eggs

  2. Marie on February 17, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Hi wondering if I can do this sugar free? Don’t mind the dates but what can i sub for the sugar? Would banana make it lose its consistency?

    • Merryll on February 22, 2020 at 3:35 am

      This date and walnut cake has no sugar and no eggs. Replace cows milk with almond milk and it’s vegan.

  3. Jeff on March 12, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I love this bread, especially with cream cheese. I’ve made it two or three times now but I don’t know how you manage to slice yours and keep it all together. Yours looks much denser than mine. Mine simply crumbles into pieces every time I have made it. I hesitate cutting back on the leavening agents because there isn’t much there now (for such a heavy batter). And, yes, I force myself to slice it only when it is completely cool. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong or what might correct it?

    • Jeff on March 27, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      I was able to keep it all together with 2 eggs (instead of 1) and 2 level teaspoons of baking powder (instead of 1 heaping teaspoon). Also, mixing all ingredients in the final batter (30 seconds, speed 4) using reverse speed keeps the nuts and dates in pieces that give a little bite in the final loaf.

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