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How to Make a Date and Walnut Loaf of Bread Vegetarian or Vegan-Friendly, and Easy to Freeze, Too!

Updated on March 3, 2018
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Galaxy has been vegetarian for twenty years and a vegan 'dabbler' for six months. She loves exploring all aspects of alternative lifestyles.

Artisan Breads Look Complicated but This Recipe for Date and Walnut Loaf is Simple Enough for a child to make.

Artisan Breads in a Basket
Artisan Breads in a Basket

Date and Walnut Loaf

5 stars from 1 rating of Best tasting Date and Walnut Loaf I have ever Tried

The Ultimate Comfort Food.

In my opinion, date and walnut loaf is just about the ultimate comfort food, it has a slightly sweet taste and a very satisfying, moist texture. Nothing tastes or smells, better than a homemade loaf of bread, but dealing with yeast and proving the dough can be a bit of a pain. It can also go wrong sometimes if you don’t keep the temperature constant the dough won‘t rise and the resulting loaf of bread will be flat and hard and, quite frankly, inedible.

This recipe is a foolproof method for making a delicious date and walnut loaf that doesn’t need yeast or time to prove. You do need a proper loaf tin to bake this bread in though, remember to grease it well before use and the bread will come out perfectly every time.

Getting enough protein is very important for both vegetarians and vegans, this dish is helpful in that it contains walnuts. Walnuts are one of the very best sources of plant protein, they are also very rich in dietary fibre, magnesium, vitamin E and are a good source of antioxidants too. Scientific studies have shown that including walnuts in the diet can reduce the risk of heart disease. Walnuts help to improve the elasticity of blood vessels and lower plaque build up.


Box of Dates
Box of Dates | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Makes one large loaf


  • 4oz self raising flour
  • 4oz sugar
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 2oz dates, chopped
  • 3oz walnuts, chopped
  • 1oz softened butter, or vegan spread
  • 5floz water, hand hot
  • 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt


  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the chopped walnuts and dates.
  3. In a separate pan put the water and butter onto the hob and bring to the boil, once boiled gradually stir in the dry ingredients.
  4. Keep stirring at this stage or the mixture will become lumpy.
  5. Pour this mixture into a well greased 1 lb loaf tin and put the tin into a preheated moderate 180c oven. Bake the loaf for around fifty minutes.
  6. The date and walnut loaf is cooked when a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf comes away clean remove the loaf tin from the oven and cool the loaf for five minutes in the tin before turning the loaf out onto a cooling rack.

Big Loaf or Small rolls. It's Your Choice.

You can also use this mixture to make small rolls, form the mixture into rounds and bake on a flat, greased baking sheet for 35-40 minutes. The rolls are done when they sound hollow if tapped on the bottom.

This date and walnut loaf goes particularly well with cheese and pickles. You can freeze this loaf on the day you baked it and it will keep well wrapped in cling film in the freezer for at least a month. Remove at least four hours before needed and refresh in a moderate oven for ten minutes before using if you want a crisp crust. At this stage you can also sprinkle some grated cheese over the top of the loaf before baking, it gives it a beautiful crunchy crust and tastes wonderful.

If you want to make this date and walnut loaf vegan-friendly and not just vegetarian then replace the ounce of butter with a vegan spread or vegetable oil. It will taste just as good and will still rise.

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