Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf (Dairy-Free)

Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf, ultra-moist packed with dates, raisins, and crunchy walnuts. This retro bread is one of my most requested holiday recipes! Not only is this bread gluten-free but it is dairy-free too!

Growing up, every Christmas our neighbors would gift us a small walnut date loaf. It was something we looked forward to every year! The original recipes go back to the 1920s, also known as “Retro Date Nut Bread,” with many variations including soaking the fruit in brewed coffee instead of water.

This Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf has become a holiday staple in our house, and one of my most requested recipes! I hope you enjoy it too!

Ingredients in Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf

This bread is made with simple ingredients, and room for lots of variation. You can soak the fruit in boiling water or brewed coffee. Not a fan of nuts? No problem, leave them out. 

  • Dates: My favorite dates to use are Medjool dates.
  • Raisins: They help provide texture and flavor
  • Baking Soda: This is one of the important ingredients, you’ll want to make sure it’s not expired.
  • Boiling Water: Helps to soften the fruit and moisten the bread.
  • Oil: Helps to moisten the bread.
  • Egg: Binding agent.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: My preference is always dark brown sugar as it provides a stronger molasses flavor.
  • Sugar: Helps sweeten the bread.
  • Vanilla: Provides flavor.
  • Gluten-Free Flour: My favorite brand is Bob Mills Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Flour.
  • Almond Flour: The addition of almond flour helps provide more moisture.
  • Baking Powder: Helps the bread to rise.
  • Salt: Helps bring balance to the sweetness.
  • Walnuts: For Texture.

How to Make Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf

Such an easy recipe to make! This bread is better served the next day and continues to moisten over time. It really is the perfect bread!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease an 8½” x 4½” loaf pan or a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl add the dates, raisins, baking soda, and boiling water. Allow the fruit to soak for at least 10 minutes, do not drain.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat together the oil, brown sugar, and sugar for 30 seconds. Then add the egg and vanilla. Cream together for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients: gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt. The batter will become crumbly.
  5. Pour the liquid and dried fruit mixture into the batter, mixing until well combined.
  6. Fold the walnuts into the batter.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes cover the loaf with aluminum foil and continue to bake another 15-25 minutes depending on loaf pan size.
  9. Remove the loaf from the oven and allow the bread to cool for one hour.
  10. Store the bread by tightly wrapping it in aluminum foil or a tightly sealed container.

Tips for the BEST Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf

Serve this bread by itself or slathered in cream cheese!

  • Serve this bread the next day, if you can resist. The bread stores nicely wrapped twice in aluminum foil, which helps lock in moisture. Day two and three are the best time to have this bread.
  • This bread is wonderfully served by itself or with cream cheese. Afternoon tea or a slice after dinner, there no right time to have a slice.
  • For the best flavor make sure the dates, raisins, and baking soda are not expired.
  • The baking soda helps moisten the bread and the fruit, make sure the baking soda has not expired. You will know that the baking soda is fresh once it fizzes in the warm water.
  • You can make mini loaves as gifts! Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For More Tasty Bread Recipes Click The Links Below

Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Loaf {Dairy-Free}

Gluten-Free Lemon Loaf (Dairy-Free)

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Bread

Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf (Dairy-Free)

Recipe Author : Rebecca Taig
Gluten-Free Walnut Date Loaf, ultra-moist packed with dates, raisins, and crunchy walnuts. This retro bread is one of my most requested holiday recipes! Not only is this bread gluten-free but it's dairy-free too!
4.82 from 16 votes
Course Breads
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 12 people
Calories 295 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, refined
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease an 8½" x 4½" loaf pan or a 9x5 inch loaf pan and set aside. 
  • In a medium-size bowl, add the chopped dates and raisins. Pour the boiling water over the fruit mixture and add one teaspoon of baking soda. Allow fruit to soak at least 10 minutes, do not drain.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat together the oil, brown sugar, and sugar for 30 seconds. Add the egg and vanilla. Cream together for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • At low speed, slowly add the gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt. The mix will become crumbly.
  • Once all the dry ingredients are added pour in the fruit mixture with the liquid. Mix until well combined. Fold in the walnuts, then pour the batter into the greased loaf pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. About halfway through, cover the loaf with aluminum to avoid over-browning and continue to bake another 20 minutes, or until the center comes out clean with a toothpick.
  • Remove the loaf from the oven. Cool completely before slicing, then store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for several days.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 4gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Keyword breads, Christmas, gluten free bread, holiday
Pin Recipe
Did You Make This Recipe?Share your recipe photos with me @rebecca.taig
Did You Enjoy This Recipe?Please give it a star rating in the comments below. Thank you!

About Me

Hi, I'm Rebecca the voice and creator behind this blog, filled with inspiration for entertaining, home design, and delicious gluten-free recipes.


Be the first to receive all my latest posts and recipes directly to your inbox


Leave A Comment Below

Recipe Rating


  1. Joann Moore wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi I am in Australia and am wondering what the Bob Mills Gluten Free 1 to 1 baking flour is I can buy G/F self raising flour also plain G/F flour but not sure what 1 to 1 means regards JoAnn

    Posted 10.17.20 Reply
    • Hi there!

      Bob Mills is a flour brand that created a gluten-free flour called ” Bob Mills Gluten-Free 1:1 Flour. Their 1-to-1 blend includes a mix of gluten-free rice flours, starches and xanthan gum, making it easy to swap out for regular flour in any recipes.

      If a non-gluten-free recipe calls for 1 cup of regular flour, you would use the exact amount of this gluten-free flour as a substitute.

      This flour is designed for quick breads and not recommended for use in yeast recipes.

      The ingredients are:
      sweet rice and brown rice flour, potato starch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour and xanthan gum.

      In this recipe, you could use plain gluten-free flour.

      Hope this helps, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      Posted 10.17.20 Reply
      • Priya wrote:

        Hello:) love that you had a wonderful gluten free recipe.
        Can’t wait to try it:)
        Is it okay to use any kind of oil?

        What if I had to skip raisins, as I don’t have any? Will it affect the texture?

        Posted 4.4.21 Reply
        • Hi there!

          You can always use a few more dates in place of the raisins or leave them out altogether. 🙂

          I would use a neutral-tasting oil, such as refined coconut oil, or if you have access to it the “Butter-Flavored” Coconut Oil by Nutiva is amazing. I have not tried it, but I’m sure melted butter would work fine as well.

          Let me know how the recipe turns out.


          Posted 4.4.21 Reply
        • David wrote:

          Hi Rebecca,
          This loaf is delicious, however as I added the dry ingredients to the oil, sugar and egg mixture, it became very stiff and difficult to blend. I ended up having to use my bare hands and the result was a dense lump of dough. It wasn’t crumbly. When I added the date, raisin, water and walnuts I ended up with lots of small lumps of dough in the mixture. Where did I go wrong?

          Thanks, David

          Posted 9.30.21 Reply
          • Hi David,

            I’m so sorry your loaf did not turn out, perhaps it was the flour measurements? Maybe too much?
            I recommend using a food scale to properly measure.
            Did you use brown sugar, which is hydrating? Did you cream until light and fluffy?
            This loaf is far from dense, because of the liquid from the date mixture.
            I appreciate you trying this recipe and can understand the frustrations of something not turning out as planned.



            Posted 9.30.21
  2. Shweta Dahiya wrote:

    Can I use coconut flour as gluten free flour?

    Posted 5.25.21 Reply
    • Hi there!

      Unfortunately, coconut flour will not replace gluten-free flour as an even substitute.
      The “Gluten-free flour” is a rice flour base.


      Posted 5.25.21 Reply
  3. Janine wrote:

    5 stars
    Wow, wow, wow, give this a try. I have tried a few different gluten free cakes without much success, however, this easy tasty recipe WINS. Light, fluffy, tasty, success at last and delish to boot , thank you Rebecca .

    Posted 8.26.21 Reply
    • Janine,

      Thank you for such a lovely compliment.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this loaf!


      Posted 8.27.21 Reply
  4. Is there a microwave option available for the bread?

    Posted 9.17.21 Reply
    • This bread is very soft and moist, I would only recommend microwaving the prepared bread for 8 seconds at most.

      Posted 9.17.21 Reply

Subscribe to receive my FREE guide to the Top 10 Tips For Ultimate Baked Goods

You will also receive FREE recipes, home decor tips, and my monthly newsletter. Directly to your inbox!