Grandma's Date Nut Bread


This is the recipe for date-nut bread that my grandmother always made around Christmas time. Definitely a family favorite! For best results, don't use a glass pan.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
1 loaf


  • ½ cup raisins

  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

  • 2 teaspoons butter, or as needed

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates

  • 7 pitted prunes, chopped

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg, well-beaten

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Put raisins in a bowl. Pour boiling water over raisins; soak until raisins have flavored water, about 20 minutes. Drain raisins, reserving water. Discard raisins.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan with butter.

  3. Bring reserved water to a boil in a small saucepan. Measure 3/4 cup boiling water into a bowl. Stir baking soda into water.

  4. Put dates and prunes in a large bowl. Pour baking soda-water over dates and prunes; add unsalted butter and stir until melted. Stir sugar and vanilla extract into fruit mixture; let cool to room temperature.

  5. Stir egg into fruit mixture to evenly coat. Mix flour and salt together in a small bowl; add to fruit mixture and stir. Fold walnuts into mixture and pour into the prepared loaf pan.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 65 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Editor's Note:

Pecans can be used in place of walnuts, based on personal preference.

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the raisins. The actual amount of the nutritional contribution of the raisins will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
12g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 233mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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