This Date Nut Bread Recipe is delicious, hearty, and so tasty. It has a crunchy topping, and it's one of my favorite ways to start the day!

Crunchy Date Nut Bread

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 2 8-ounce packages chopped dates
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups Great Grains® Raisin Dates & Pecan cereal, divided
  • 1 cup pecans toasted and chopped


  • Move oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray two 8 1/2-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  • In medium bowl mix together dates, boiling water, sugar, butter, and baking soda. Cool mixture until warm, about 20-25 minutes.
  • In large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour date mixture over flour, and whisk until combined. Whisk in egg, vanilla, 2 cups of Great Grains® Raisin, Dates & Pecan cereal, and pecans.
  • Divide batter among prepared pans and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup Great Grains® Raisin, Dates & Pecan cereal. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with just a few dry crumbs attaches. Move bread pans to wire rack and cool 20 minutes, then turn bread out on wire rack to cool until warm, about 1- hours. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.