Orange-Date Bread Mini-Loaves

Dates at market in Kuwait

Dates at market in Kuwait

By Cat, Oct 2007 (Photo, right, cropped form Wikimedia Commons)

I love date bread during the holidays, and these mini-loaves make excellent gifts. Dates and oranges together is a great flavor, and quite festive.

Orange-Date Bread Mini-Loaves

I don’t recall where I got this recipe.  You do not need to make this recipe as mini-loaves; you can use a regular loaf pan.  I usually use maple syrup and stevia, but I’ve included instructions to modify for using dried sugar cane juice (Rapadura sugar).

I’ve not yet tested this recipe with stevia and maple syrup (I’ve only made it with brown or Rapadura sugar).

Ingredients & Equipment:

* NOTE:  If you don’t want to use the coconut flour (which is added to increase fiber), reduce the orange juice to ¼ cup and increase the unbleached white flour to ½ cup.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.  Grease bread pan(s) with butter.
  2. Pour boiling water over the dates and coconut oil in a large bowl; if using stevia, stir it into the water to dissolve. Cool.
  3. Grate 1 Tbsp orange zest and squeeze ½ cup juice. Add orange juice and peel to the date mixture.  Let it rest a bit while you beat the egg.
  4. Stir in the beaten egg and the maple syrup or molasses (if using)
  5. Measure dry ingredients (including Rapadura sugar, if using) into a sifter, then sift over the date/egg mixture.  Stir until moist, then gently stir in the walnuts.
  6. Turn dough into prepared pan(s).
  7. Bake 40 – 45 minutes if using small pans, or 60 minutes if using 1 regular pan.
  8. Cool on wire rack.  Then wrap and store overnight before serving.

Assembly or Serving Suggestions

  • Serve warm with softened cream cheese spread or butter.
  • Wrap mini loaves in colorful cellophane, for gifts.

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