The New Veganism

A Vegan Quickbread with Dates and Walnuts

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Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.

Today: Forget what you think you know about vegan baked goods -- this quickbread is a game-changer.

The first time you taste this bread -- the first time you experience its moist, fluffy texture, or bite into a cluster of pitted and soaked medjool dates, which form ribbons of caramel-like sweetness throughout the loaf -- you’ll take back any doubts you might ever have harbored about vegan baked goods. 

Dates and walnuts are a classic pairing, and rightly so: The earthy crunch of walnuts contrasts beautifully with soft, sugary dates. I like to soak the dates in boiling water before I make this bread; it adds moisture and ensures that the dates become a little melty as the bread bakes (a very, very good thing). To provide that characteristic buttery taste that we all know and love in traditional quickbreads, I use coconut oil; and to create some binding without eggs, I grind and soak flax meal, a handy and versatile tool in vegan baking. 

More: Not quite convinced? Try this decadent Vegan Chocolate Cake.

The result is this delightful loaf, which is great for teatime, dessert, breakfast, or, well, whenever. Consider it for your Easter table, or make your mother very pleased when you present it to her on May 11th.  

Vegan Date Nut Bread

Serves 8 to 10

1 1/2 heaping cups pitted medjool dates, chopped into small pieces 
2 cups boiling water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup almond or soy milk
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon flax meal, mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water and allowed to thicken for a few minutes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom

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Tags: vegan, quickbread, baking, bread, dates, nuts, walnuts, coconut oil, breakfast, easter, mother's day, special diets

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6 months ago Fanodanes

Hi, could I substitute honey or agave nectar in place of the 2/3 c. organic cane sugar? If so, do you know if I would have to adjust the measurement? Thanks!

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6 months ago Yasmeen

Hi is there a version that's vegan and gluten free? Would love to make this for my brother.

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

Yasmeen, you can try it with any gluten free, AP flour blend (so long as it's vegan -- some of them do have milk in them).

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6 months ago Karen

Could you use soaked raisins instead do chopped dates for this recipe?

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

Karen, sure!

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6 months ago Karen

Thanks, will be making it this weekend.

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6 months ago glenfrank

This bread is fantastic! I just made a loaf this afternoon and used fresh toasted pecans instead of walnuts -- really delicious!

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

So glad you liked it!

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6 months ago BARBARA WHITE

It is saturated fat,but it is the best oil to use, even Dr OZ recommeds it. If you goggle it you will see how good this is for us to use. I know it got a bad rap in the past, but that is history. I only use coconut oil and olive oil for all my dishes, and i do not think olive oil will work. Also the coconut oil will give the bread a lovely taste.I do not use butter, i use the coconut oil as butter on bread when is not in a liquid form. It is also fantastic for your skin. Try it, you will like it

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6 months ago Fdomeniconi

I try to stay away from saturated fat, so is there another oil I can use instead of coconut oil?

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

Fdomeniconi, you can use olive or canola oil, no problem.

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6 months ago arthurb3

Yummy!

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6 months ago BARBARA WHITE

instead of maple syrup you can use coconut palm sugar. You would use as regular sugar and it is very low glycemic and more nutritious, also monkin the raw sugar is very good. 0 calorie and you use one cup for one cup sugar. I am going to make this and use oat flour instead

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6 months ago Julie Sayres

How do you think this recipe would work with almond flour instead of wheat?

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

Julie, almond flour baked goods are *really* tough without the use of egg as binding. I wouldn't recommend.

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6 months ago Jo-Lynne

I didn't know that all purpose flour was vegan. I thought it would have to be almond or rice flour. I'd like to know. It really looks good.

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

Jo-Lynne, AP flour isn't gluten free, but it's definitely vegan!

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6 months ago shofielen

I baked this bread this morning and it is a winner!!! I modified a wee bit and did 1 cup spelt flour, 1 c white and it worked fine. Next time I will try using maple syrup instead of the sugar suggested. Have you tried it with maple syrup? Thank you for a delicious recipe

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

Hooray!

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6 months ago ATG117

How would you sub the flax meal for eggs if vegan isn't a concern? Or would you suggest against it?

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6 months ago petitbleu

Looks like the recipe is calling for one "flax egg"=the rough equivalent of one egg.

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6 months ago Gena Hamshaw

Petitbleu, that's correct! One egg.