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Date & Walnut Loaf Recipe

Fat Mum Slim /

I love that I’ve reached my mid-30s, and I can still find things that I’ve never enjoyed/explored/tried before. I mean, I’ve tried dates in sticky date pudding and loved them, but recently I decided to just try eating Medjool dates and I’m newly obsessed. I love them, very muchly {which I’m pretty sure makes me one step closer to a nursing home… eating dates, pfft!}.

This date and walnut loaf is so beautiful, and doesn’t really need a generous dose of butter, but sometimes you’ve got to treat yourself and it’s SO worth it. Spread it on.

Date & Walnut Loaf Recipe


1 cup fresh dates, pitted and chopped roughtly

1/4 cup olive oil {extra virgin}

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cup boiling water

1 cup caster sugar

1 egg

100g walnuts, chopped roughly

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºc. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. In a heatproof jug, place the dates, bicarb soda, water and oil. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sugar. Stir in the flour and walnuts. Add the date mix, and stir until just combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm with butter.

Note: If you want a lighter loaf, you can leave the date mix in the boiling water longer to break them down more. I like a little bit of chew so 10 minutes is perfect for me!