Date-Walnut Brown Bread

brown bread recipe

Brown Bread Recipe With Walnuts and Dates

This brown bread is delicious with a thick layer of butter, a drizzle of honey, and a hot cup of coffee or tea served alongside.  It’s very hearty, and won’t leave you with a mid-morning or afternoon slump.

brown bread

Date Walnut Brown Bread
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
A hearty brown bread, lightly spiced, with dates and walnuts.
  • 1½ teaspoons yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ teaspoon gluten
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 2¼ - 2¾ cups ground hard red winter wheat (whole wheat bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup dates, finely chopped (about 6 whole)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ cup rolled oats, to top bread, if desired
  • additional whole wheat flour for pastry mat, as needed
  1. With an electric mixer using a dough hook, or with a large wooden spoon, combine water, honey, molasses, and yeast to proof.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, except the dates, nuts, and oats.
  3. Mix well, using a dough hook 3-5 minutes, or knead by hand same amount of time on a floured surface. Dough will appear wet, but should be smooth to the touch.
  4. Allow to rise until double in a greased and covered bowl.
  5. Roll out to 9x13 size on floured surface, and sprinkle with cinnamon, dates, and pecans.
  6. Roll up beginning with narrow end and place in a greased bread pan. Sprinkle with oats and press into dough.
  7. Let rise until double.
  8. Bake tented with aluminum foil (may line with parchment paper if desired), 40 minutes. Remove tent and brown 5 minutes.
  9. Cool.
  10. Slice thinly and slather with butter and honey.


About Elizabeth at Water Rolls Uphill

Elizabeth Copeland is mastering traditional homemaking skills, gardening, sewing, learning home remodeling skills, homeschooling her three children, and cooking and baking to her heart’s content.  The past few years have brought many nutritional gains for her family as she has researched and incorporated more whole foods, quality sourced dairy and meats, and freshly milled grains into their diet.  You can read more about the happenings in the Copeland household at Water Rolls Uphill or connect with Elizabeth on Facebook.

Grain Mill Wagon Challenge Experience: I enjoyed the Grain Mill Wagon challenge. Having used freshly milled grains for some time, the challenge gave me the push needed to explore new types of recipes and work harder at converting recipes that we already love. My introduction to the WonderMilll also included my finding a good gluten free all purpose mix to adapt to my friends’ needs, and the ease of use of the mill made it a breeze. During the challenge, I ventured into sponge cakes made with freshly milled wheat, as well as pound cake. I really stretched my creativity and cooking abilities. During completion of the challenge, we used our WonderMill so frequently that it now enjoys a permanent home on the kitchen counter next to my stand mixer.

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