Great Nana's Secret Ingredient Date Nut Bread

Great Nana's Secret Ingredient Date Nut Bread


"This rich date nut bread is easy to make and simply delicious. The secret ingredient really enhances the flavor."

Ingredients 1 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 233 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 233 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 5.3 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 44.9g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 212 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl, and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and shortening. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Toss the walnuts and dates with the dry ingredients, and stir into the sugar mixture alternately with the hot coffee. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
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  1. 14 Ratings


yummy, what a nice date bread! i brewed fresh ground 8 o'clock columbian coffee, substituted 1 cup all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour & used pecans in place of walnuts (what i had on hand). great flavor eaten as is or with cream cheese. thanks for your great nana's recipe, lauren!


This is a DELICIOUS recipe. I really enjoyed the coffee flavor in the background! I substituted pecans (just don't care for walnuts) and next time I would add just about 1/4-1/2 cup extra flour, as the center of the loaf collapsed while cooking. I also let my date chunks sit in the coffee for about 15 minutes & in that time, they pretty much dissolved - which made a very smooth batter. Flavor is superb. Very easy to make. Thanks for posting it!


Good tasting recipe. I used half flour and half whole-wheat flour in my test. My kids made this in small loaves for teachers gifts at Christmas.