Quick and Easy Date and Walnut Loaf

Quick and Easy Date and Walnut Loaf

When I was kid one of my closest friends had a Mum who made the best Date and Walnut Loaf. The BEST! She would bake it in tins and we would eat slices of it with butter on the bus on the way to school.

I miss my old friend.

I miss her Date and Walnut Loaf.

I miss her Mum. Her beautiful, gone but never forgotten, Mum. x


Date and Walnut Loaf

  • 12 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup natural walnuts
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter*
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat your oven to 175Β°C or 350Β°F.Β Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper over hanging the sides for easy removal. The base of mine measures 19.5cm x 9.5cm.
  2. Place half of the medjool dates and the banana into your processor. Pulse until smooth and well combined. Add the remaining dates and the walnuts. Quickly pulse to roughly chop the dates and walnuts, be sure to leave plenty of texture.
  3. Add the almond meal and combine. Add the almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt, combine. Add the the eggs, combine. Add the baking powder, gentle combine and spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Smooth over the top with the back of a spoon. Bake for 35 minutes, cover with foil and bake for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly in the tin. Gently place the loaf onto a cooling rack and allow to cool a little prior to cutting.
  4. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

*Almond spread is readily available in the health food section of the supermarket or at health food stores. You can also make your own,Β here is our recipe.

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  • Lauren

    Will you be putting up the porridge recipe?

    • I sure will, I really liked it. Keep your eye out. x

  • Kathryn

    Looks delicious!
    When you say “combine”, starting from the almond meal, are you just mixing by hand from that point? Or still using the food processor?

    • I typically just keep it all in the processor but be a bit more gentle with the combining, I am sure you could do it either way. I hope this helps. x

  • Just made this date and walnut loaf. Absolutely delicious. I will definitely be making it again.

    • Thank YOU!! The pic looks divine. I am glad you have enjoyed it. x

  • Angela Little

    Made this yesterday, but needed to substitute one cup of the almond meal for rice flour (only used about 3/4 cup rice flour though) cos I didnt have enough almond meal left. It is delicious.
    Also made the vanilla and choc custards last week.. wow!
    I have now tried so many of your recipes I’ve forgotten how many πŸ˜‰ all I know is they’ve all been a hit! Thank you again for sharing your gorgeous simply recipes with us all and sharing a part of yourself in your blogs. You are incredible xx

    • Thank you so much!!!!! What a lovely message!! I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad you are enjoying the recipes. Be sure to keep me posted on anything else that you try. xxx

  • Margaret

    This looks so yummy! I think I will make it tonight. Just wondering however if you know the nutritional values?

    • Margaret

      Also, what could I substitute for the roasted almond butter? πŸ™‚

      • You can use any nut or seed butter, so peanut butter, hulled tahini etc.

    • I don’t sorry but I believe there are websites and apps that you can use to input the recipes. Sorry I am not much help. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  • Tracy

    I LOVED this! Did not last long at all! I accidentally read the recipe incorrectly and only used 2 eggs instead of three and it was still amazing!

  • Jess

    Would love to try this… but i can’t have lemon (and all citrus products) …. do you have any ideas of what i can substitute it with? it looks incredibly delicious!

  • Paris

    What could the roasted almond butter be subbed with?? Or how do you make it?! I’ve never heard of it or seen it in Australia.

    • Paris

      Nevermind, just saw your answer to someone else’s the same question! Sorry!

    • It is readily available in Australia, typically it is called Almond Spread and is in the health food section of the shops or available at health food stores. You can make your own, here is our recipe https://wholefoodsimply.com/roasted-almond-butter/
      I hope this helps.

  • Marilynne Read

    I’ve discovered my tummy doesn’t like almonds. What do you think is another flour or nut meal I could substitute? Thanks.

    • You could try any nut or seed meal, I have only made it with almond meal but would love to hear how you go. x

  • Mia Rainey

    Hi! I love your recipes.
    My son is allergic to eggs. Is there a substitute for this recipe?

    • I have only made it this way sorry. If you try it with a sub be sure to let us know how you go. x

    • Jane

      Hi Mia, I see that a lot of people use ‘Flax-egg’ to substitute eggs.
      1 tablespoon of Flax meal + 3 tablespoons of water (let it soak for 5-10mins before using), equals to 1 egg.

  • Guest

    I made this today and it was absolutely delicious!! I left it in the oven for 4 extra minutes as when I made your yummy salted caramel cake it was quite moist… I am surprised how tasty this was given it is “healthy” with no refined sugar or nasty preservatives.. This definitely gets the quirky calorie seal of approval πŸ˜‰ and will be mentioned on my facebook page (with reference to you of course :-))… I ate nearly all of your salted caramel cake on my own, I am feeling the same thing might happen with this loaf xx Thanks a million for all of your amazing recipes and your touching stories.. I have had tears in my eyes from some of your stories, beautiful xx

    • Guest

      It was me that made this comment by the way πŸ™‚ xx I am not sure why it states guest and not TheQuirkyCalorie xx Much love.. Danielle xx

    • It was me that made the above comment by the way πŸ™‚ xx I am not sure why it says guest and not The Quirky Calorie.. Much love from Danielle (aka The Quirky Calorie) xx

    • Thank you! I really appreciate the feedback. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes and my little stories. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. xxx

  • Guest

    I made this today and it was absolutely delicious!! I left it in the oven for 4 extra minutes as when I made your yummy salted caramel cake it was quite moist… I am surprised how tasty this was given it is “healthy” with no refined sugar or nasty preservatives.. This definitely gets the quirky calorie seal of approval πŸ˜‰ and will be mentioned on my facebook page (with reference to you of course :-))… I ate nearly all of your salted caramel cake on my own, I am feeling the same thing might happen with this loaf xx Thanks a million for all of your amazing recipes and your touching stories.. I have had tears in my eyes from some of your stories, beautiful xx

  • Oh woops!! I see my post has appeared twice below (no idea why), happy for you to delete one.. I tried but it says guest so won’t let me xx

    • Hmm, it doesn’t let me delete either. Don;t worry about it. Nice to see you are coming up as yourself again πŸ™‚

  • Kiana

    Just wondering if you knew if this would work without the dates, it looks so delicious but i don’t have much of a sweet tooth

    • I would double the banana and I think it will be lovely, especially if you don’t have a sweet tooth. Be sure to let me know how you go. x

  • Denise

    I made it today and eat it right now πŸ™‚ its delicious …yummy! crunchy at the top and smooth in the rest… i think it has to less walnuts, but it was the rest…next time more…and it will be a next πŸ™‚

    thx for the recipe

    greets from Germany
    Denise

  • Sooooo you’ll be making this for me, then?! πŸ˜‰

    • I would be happy to Veggie Mama!! I hope you are going well. xxx

  • Perdita Slaughter

    Another winner with my 9 month old! Really delicious, thank you Bianca xx

  • sally

    I love to bake and this is a Sensational recipe.
    HUBBY AND FRIENDS LOVED IT!!
    I didnt have enough dates so i used prunes..
    changed to GF using 1 cup GF flour and 1 cup almond meal.
    popped in some blueberries as well. Mm.mmm.mmmmmmmm
    After cooked i also added a yummy sweet crunch on top combining coconut walnuts mashed prunes and a little milk..returned to oven to crisp for 15 mins..
    This would be rated ????????????????????

    • Love it!! Thank YOU! I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad you enjoyed it. x

  • Sanya Chhabria

    Hi, I love this recipe would like to try it on. Can you pls suggest me the cup size you have used ?

    Secondly, I would like to replace eggs, so can I use 1 tbpsn of vinegar for each egg in this recipe ? Pls guide