Grandma’s Famous Date Nut Bread


Grandma’s Famous Date Nut Bread

Heirloom recipes are magical things. When you make them, you are transported by the sight, smell, and taste of the ingredients, especially when you take that first bite. Whatever your memories of this venerable quick bread, here's your chance to relive those happy days.‎
Course Vegan
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Inactive Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 slices


  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp xanthan gum (exclude if using all-purpose flour or if your gluten-free blend includes it)
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter (soy-free if necessary)
  • Vegan cooking spray (soy-free if necessary)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour blend, soy-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)


  • Combine the dates, walnuts, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum(if using) in a medium bowl. Pour in the boiling water and stir in the butter. Let the mixture rest for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, vinegar, and vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour and sugar. It will be lumpy, and that’s okay; just incorporate everything as thoroughly as you can. Add the date mixture and stir until combined. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool for at least 4 hours before slicing. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.
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