Dates and Zucchini Bread

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Dates and Zucchini Bread

Quick breads are a snap to prepare as the ingredients are simply mixed together in a large bowl, spooned into a loaf pan and baked. In less than one and a half hours you will have a warm delicious loaf on the table. Preparation only takes 15 to 20 minutes and the baking itself is about an hour. No wonder they are so popular.

This Dates and Zucchini Bread recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. I halved the sugar and nuts and added half a cup of chopped dates. There was enough sweetness in the dates to make up for lack of sugar. Actually I think half a cup sugar is plenty. I also added a half cup milk as it appeared to be a little dry while I was mixing the ingredients together. That really helped as the bread was tender and moist and not too dense.

Dates and Zucchini Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Dates and Zucchini Bread


  • 1½ cups (225g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup (110g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (60ml) vegetable oil
  • ½ cup (60ml) low fat milk
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • ½ cup (80g) chopped dates
  • ¼ cup (25g) chopped walnuts


Grease and flour a 9-in x 5-in loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350?F (180°C).

In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, egg, vegetable oil, milk, and zucchini. Add dry mixture to zucchini mixture. Stir until well combined.

Fold in dates and walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Remove bread from pan and allow it to cool completely.

Dates and Zucchini Bread

This bread makes a great mid morning or afternoon snack. If you like the idea of zucchini bread but want it for breakfast or dinner, check out my Zucchini Loaf. I do have another recipe using dates as in Dates and Granola Bread.

Dates and Zucchini Bread

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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42 Responses

  1. Lazaro says:

    What a creative combination. Well done.


  2. Casey Angelova says:

    This looks tasty! I have never attempted a zucchini bread before but this looks simple. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Angie's Recipes says:

    I guess I need to buy some dates for this gorgeous bread!

  4. MaryMoh says:

    Mmm…that's lots of wholesome goodness in that loaf. If I make this I'll be eating it all alone. My children won't eat. They either eat white bread (seldom) or don't eat at all. I have to bribe my hubby to eat…haha

  5. Shree says:

    How awesome dates and zukes! Great combination :)

  6. The Housewife says:

    I love anything with dates! This would be great to serve at a brunch!

  7. Patty Price says:

    I'm a date lover too! This bread looks highly edible!

  8. IJust LoveMyApron says:

    Hi Biren! I've received the sunshine award today and I'd like to pass on this to you. I know you've received it before but I'd like to give it to you anyway. Your blog has inspired and encouraged me in some way of life. I hope you enjoy it!


  9. rotinrice says:

    Congratulations on your award! So sweet of you to think of me. I am really honored. Thank you :)

  10. roxan says:

    Biren! I nominated you for the sunshine award! :)

  11. Nithu says:

    Dates and zucchini bread, that's some interesting combo. Gotta try it sometime. Congrats on your awards!!

  12. HeatherFeather says:

    Oh I like this idea. Why have I never thought to combine date nut & zucchini breads into the same recipe before now? Looks really tasty, as always.

  13. Rick says:

    No one ever uses dates anymore. And they are so good for cakes and breads. So happy to see them again.

  14. Namitha says:

    Perfectly baked…looks tempting Biren

  15. rotinrice says:

    That is so sweet of you Roxan. Thank you very much!

  16. penny aka jeroxie says:

    I have seen a zucchini cake and now bread. YUM!

  17. denise fletcher says:

    Hi Biren – I LOOOOOVE dates and zucchini so I know I would devour this! I love quickreads because they're so much faster than yeast breads and make them often, so I would definitely love to try this recipe!


    It looks moist and delicious–thanks for the recipe!

  19. sweetlife says:

    i love quick breads and always make a zucchini with chocolate but dates…oh even better..great recipe


  20. mina says:

    I love your recipe. It looks so tempting.

  21. rotinrice says:

    I really enjoy snacking and cooking with those dates. They area almost gone now and I just got some Medjool. These are larger, sweeter and softer, and really good. Don't know if there'll be any left for cooking :)

  22. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Lazaro! I have been having fun cooking with the dates I bought at the Middle Eastern store.

  23. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Casey! Do give it a try. Quick breads are a snap to make.

  24. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Angie! I love quick breads as they are so easy to make.

  25. rotinrice says:

    I do enjoy my breads with a cup of tea. What they do have for breakfast?

  26. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Shree!

  27. rotinrice says:

    It is awesome for brunch! I love dates too!

  28. rotinrice says:

    That makes two of us. I have enjoyed using these dates in my cooking lately. Bought them at the Middle Eastern store that I recently discovered.

  29. rotinrice says:

    My first time adding dates into this bread and I really like it.

  30. rotinrice says:

    You are right Rick. We seldom see dates in recipes these days but they are good in cakes and breads. I'll be using them more often.

  31. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Namitha!

  32. rotinrice says:


  33. rotinrice says:

    Zucchini bread with chocolate is good too! I decided to add the dates this time and I really like it.

  34. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Mina!

  35. rotinrice says:

    Zucchinis are coming into season :)

  36. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Nithu for visiting and leaving a comment :) Do give it a try.

  37. lequan@luvtoeat says:

    when i was reading this a kept thinking why does this sound so familiar and then i got to the end and saw your zucchini loaf link and it all made sense. creative combination Biren. Kudos to you for thinking outside of the box like that. I could never come up with such creative combinations.

  38. Cristina says:

    Oh! You made a zucchini bread. I was going to attempt a new zucchini bread recipe this week too…maybe I'll do this one instead. I love breads with vegetable ingredients!

  39. CaseyAngelova says:

    Thanks Biren! I made the bread and it was delicious. I can't imagine it with the original amount of sugar. I did a quick post about trying your recipe. You can check it out here.

  40. rotinrice says:

    I am so glad you liked it. Your loaf looks perfect! Thanks for linking to me :) :) :)

  41. CaseyAngelova says:

    I just made this bread and it is definitely worth a try.

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