Easy and Healthy Homemade Date Bread

Updated on January 31, 2019
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I love baking of all types: cakes, biscuits, donuts, cookies, pies, bread, muffins, and much more!

Delicious freshly baked date bread.
Delicious freshly baked date bread.

What Are Dates?

Don't be shocked. Some people have never heard of this fruit. Even those who do know about dates think of them only as a snack or sweet treat; they might not realize the healthy role it can play in one's diet.

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree, which grows in many countries in the Middle East, as well as in tropical climates. In recent years, dates have become popular in many countries due to their health benefits.

Dates Have Many Health Benefits

This wrinkly textured fruit is chewy and has a sweet flavor. The sugar content in dates are very high, and that sugar intensifies as dates are dried. However, years of studies suggest that these sweet fruits may help relieve constipation, control cholesterol levels, support a healthy pregnancy, and much more.

When I was young, during the fasting month, I remember that my mother would encourage us to consume a few dates during the pre-dawn meal so that we wouldn't feel tired throughout the day. It is true that dates are high in fiber and can be a good source of quick energy.

Making Date Bread

This is my second time making date bread. It is super delicious, and my husband loves it very much! It is very similar to banana bread, but this time you're using dates instead of banana. This bread is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

There are many ways to prepare the dates—but first, you need to remove the pits. Slicing a date lengthwise will allow you to just pop the small pit out. You can cut them completely in half if you want, or just leave them with a little hole in them. You can see how I do it in the photo below.

Did you know that you can also use dates in your smoothies? Just chop them into small pieces, throw them in a blender, add some milk, and blend. Yummy!

This date bread is both healthy and delicious. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates, sliced or chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Grease a 9x4-inch loaf pan with butter or nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a pitcher, combine the chopped dates, baking soda, and boiling water. Let it stands 15 minutes or more.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour with baking powder. Set aside.
  5. In a larger bowl, combine the dark brown sugar and butter. Beat them together with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg. Continue to beat until blended.
  6. Combine the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Beat the mixture for a few minutes or until it is combined.
  7. Pour the date mixture into the wet mixture. Beat for 3 minutes or until it is evenly combined. (The batter will be thin, but don't worry. That's how it should be.)
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the bread is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool slightly.
  9. Place the bread on a wire rack or cutting board.
  10. Slice the bread and enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

Photo Tutorial

Dates are sweet and sticky, but they are super healthy, too!
Dates are sweet and sticky, but they are super healthy, too!
Remove the pits from the dates before chopping them.
Remove the pits from the dates before chopping them.
Chop the dates.
Chop the dates.
Add the dates to the boiling water and baking soda. Set aside.
Add the dates to the boiling water and baking soda. Set aside.
Combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Combine the dark brown sugar and butter. Beat until creamy.
Combine the dark brown sugar and butter. Beat until creamy.
Add the vanilla extract.
Add the vanilla extract.
Continue beating until it is combined.
Continue beating until it is combined.
Add the wet mixture into the flour mixture.
Add the wet mixture into the flour mixture.
Pour in the date mixture.
Pour in the date mixture.
Beat until all is well-combined.
Beat until all is well-combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
Bake for 50 minutes.
Bake for 50 minutes.
Let it cool on a wire rack before cutting.
Let it cool on a wire rack before cutting.
Delicious! Have it with a cup of coffee or tea.
Delicious! Have it with a cup of coffee or tea.

Questions & Answers

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      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        4 months ago from Herriman,UT

        That show was on Netflix, and I noticed the same. They changed the presenters in the recent season. I love Mary Berry, I agree with you, she is a British national treasure. Above all, she's Queen of Baking!

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 months ago from UK

        We used to regularly watch the Great British Bake Off. Then a couple of years ago it moved channels and changed presenters. The only one who stayed was Paul Hollywood. We lost interest without Mel, Sue and Mary Berry, who is a national treasure.

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        4 months ago from Herriman,UT

        The Christmas cake you mentioned sounds delicious. The show called The Great British Baking Show with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Oh my gosh, they made some delicious and very tempting desserts I have ever seen! Maybe you've seen it too?

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 months ago from UK

        I have to admit to cheating with marzipan. I buy it ready made and roll it out to put over a rich fruit cake at Christmas. Then we put white icing over the top. It makes a rich Christmas cake, very nice, but also very high in calories. What's the name of the programme?

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        4 months ago from Herriman,UT

        Hey Liz, what a lovely story you've shared here. Now, I know a little bit information about dates in the UK. There is a British baking show on tv that gets my husband and me glued to it for hours. It has shown how the British use marzipan in preparing dessert, especially cake. One day, I have to try to make the marzipan.

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 months ago from UK

        Go back 40 years or so ago and a lot of food was seasonal. That's why I remember dates from Christmas. Since then I have found them more readily available. We have also had them in other countries such as Spain and Tunisia. My auntie used to remove the stones and fill them with marzipan at Christmas, which made them even sweeter.

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        Liza 

        4 months ago from Herriman,UT

        Really? I'm always wondering if dates are popular in the UK. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 months ago from UK

        I love dates. I used to get in trouble at Christmas as a child for taking them. This is a great recipe and so well-illustrated.

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