Easy to make Date Nut Bread

This summer, my daughter is suggesting foods she would like me to make for her while she is busy studying for the bar exam.  I am obliging her wishes.

Her first request was a date nut bread.  Knowing that she has many Clean Eating cookbooks I went on a Google search through  for a healthy date nut bread since I know how she watches how much fat is in what she eats.

My Google search came up with this recipe for Date Nut Bread  from allrecipes.com and this is the recipe I tried. It was not the date nut bread I was use to growing up that my mother made in a can and we smothered with cream cheese.  This date nut bread had the consistency of a banana bread but with dates and nuts instead. It did not need cream cheese with it and was quite good and on the healthier side with on under 2 tablespoons of margarine.  The original recipe was for two loafs but I had the website cut it down for one loaf instead We enjoyed it and I would definitely make it again:

Date Nut Bread

3/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped1 cup and 2 tablespoons boiling water

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2/3 cup and 1 tablespoon chopped

walnuts

1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoonsmargarine

1 eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:


1. Combine baking soda with the boiling water. Soak the dates in the water and baking soda solution for 30 minutes.
2. Cream sugar and butter together. Add eggs, vanilla, dates, nuts, flour, and salt.
3.
3/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped1 cup and 2 tablespoons boiling water

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2/3 cup and 1 tablespoon chopped

walnuts

1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoonsmargarine

1 eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Combine baking soda with the boiling water. Soak the dates in the water and baking soda solution for 30 minutes.
2. Cream sugar and butter together. Add eggs, vanilla, dates, nuts, flour, and salt.
3. Pour the batter into a  9 x 5 (or 8 1/2 x 4 1/2) inch greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) (or until loaf tests done). Can be frozen when cool.

Enjoy!

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