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Gluten-Free Date Nut Bread

A holiday favorite with Medjool dates, chopped walnuts and spicy cinnamon that you’ll want to prepare year-round.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
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  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted, chopped
  • 2 cups flour, whole wheat or gluten-free
  • 2/3 cup sucanat
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 3/4 cup Homemade Nut Milk or store-bought plant-based milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 4 tbsp aquafaba
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Pour boiling water over the dates and soak for at least ten minutes.
  3. Combine flour, sucanat, baking soda and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir.
  4. In a second mixing bowl, add nut milk and vinegar then whisk vigorously.
  5. When frothy, add applesauce and aquafaba and stir.
  6. Drain dates and fold them into the bowl along with the walnuts. Add extra dairy-free milk if the batter appears dry.
  7. Pour nut bread mixture into a 9×5 inch baking pan.
  8. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Notes: Aquafaba is the liquid that most people discard from canned beans (aqua = water, faba = bean). If using canned chickpeas, drain and collect the bean liquid and proceed with the recipe. One can yields ~3/4 cup (or 9 tablespoons) aquafaba.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.