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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Simple Nut Bread, naturally sweetened, whole grain delicious!

Looking to upscale your baked goods for more nutrition? Simple Nut Bread is naturally sweetened, whole grain and delicious! If you love the taste of graham crackers, you will love Simple Nut Bread. Tender, delicious, and with no refined sugars.


We didn't always cook and bake with whole grains. No, not at all. I was raised on white flour baked goods, and when we ate rice, it too was white. I was not a big fan of whole grains as a kid or even as a young adult. They tasted coarse to me, dry and unappealing. But you will find the recipes I offer here are far from dry, coarse, or dull. This Simple Nut Bread would be a perfect recipe to begin your own transition to whole grain cooking and baking. 

Our transition to whole wheat baking has been educational as well as delicious. The first lesson I learned was about the different types of wheat and other whole grains. But the learning did not stop there. Other lessons have included how to grind the grain including the different types of flour such as bread flour, standard flour, or my very own favorite, pastry flour. 

The first grain mill I owned, was an attachment to my stand mixer. It has settings for standard ground flour, as well as one for a course ground flour. So when I first started out, I used the coarse grind setting for bread, and the standard for everything else. We were pretty happy with the results, that is until I got a different grain mill that has a standard setting as well as a setting for pastry flour. 


Coarse ground whole wheat flour, is also called Graham flour. If you have ever eaten a Graham Cracker, you have eaten Graham flour. A bit of history behind the name, Graham flour is named after a Dr. Graham who believed in eating whole foods, especially whole grains. He invented a style of grinding flour that was known as Graham Flour. From that flour, crackers were baked, hence the name Graham Crackers. 

And while I love graham crackers, I don't want all my home-baked goods to have that rustic texture often found in graham crackers. So I was quite excited to grind up my first batch of whole wheat pastry flour and give baking another go! Whole wheat pastry flour produces baked goods that are moist, tender and delicious. As more and more baking of bread and desserts was accomplished, I found myself preferring pastry grind flour for all my baking. For those who do not mill their own flour, it is readily available at your local grocery store...


Thoughts on this recipe:

While Simple Nut Bread is delicious as is, the Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread is a perfect choice to offer alongside. 

If fresh pears are not available, feel free to substitute canned pears, just be sure to drain them very well.  Juice-packed pears will keep this all fruit sweetened.

A loaf of Simple Nut Bread and Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread, makes a great gift!

Dates are great as a sweetener in baked goods, plus they puree up so nicely, adding healthy fiber and minerals.


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • pitted dates
  • fresh pear, or canned pear halves
  • water 
  • coconut oil
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • whole wheat flour, pastry grind
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • walnuts
You will also need the following:
  • food processor
  • medium-sized mixing bowl
  • silicone spatula, for mixing
  • loaf pan
  • liquid measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
Now we are ready to begin!



Simple Nut Bread
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven
Update: 11.03.2021

1 large pear, cored, but no need to peel
2 c whole pitted dates
1/3 c water - divided
1/3 c coconut oil, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 T vanilla
2 c whole wheat flour - we prefer pastry grind 
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 - 2 c chopped walnuts - use as many chopped nuts as your family enjoys

Fruit sweetens this loaf of Simple Nut Bread

Place the pear and dates in the bowl of a food processor, add half of the water. Begin processing (use "pulse" action if dates seem to be clumping together).

When the mass appears to be moving around in the processor bowl, add the rest of the water and process until a paste begins to form. Add oil, process until combined well.


Add eggs, continue processing until the mixture is a pudding-like consistency.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and soda. Whisk to combine, add the fruit mixture. 

Stir together until there are no dry pockets or wet pockets of ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Stir in the chopped walnuts.

Scoop batter into a 9X5 inch loaf pan, bake 45-50 minutes, or until done in your oven. Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes to cool slightly, turn out on a rack or cotton towel to cool completely. 

Wrap in parchment or waxed paper and store overnight before cutting. Serve with Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread if desired. 


Simple Nut Bread is simply delicious!

Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread

4 oz. cream cheese
2 T honey

Combine until smooth, and offer along with slices of Simple Nut Bread.

Storage options for Simple Nut Bread. You may store at room temperature for up to two days, for longer storage, store covered tightly in the refrigerator. Simple Nut Bread should freeze and thaw nicely with no loss of flavor or texture. 

Storage options for Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. I do not recommend freezing for longer storage. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Simple Nut Bread has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Simple Nut Bread
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

1 large pear, cored, but no need to peel
2 c whole pitted dates
1/3 c water - divided
1/3 c coconut oil, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 T vanilla
2 c whole wheat flour - we prefer pastry grind 
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 - 2 c chopped walnuts - use as many chopped nuts as your family enjoys

Place the pear and dates in the bowl of a food processor, add half of the water. Begin processing (use "pulse" action if dates seem to be clumping together).

When the mass appears to be moving around in the processor bowl, add the rest of the water and process until a paste begins to form. Add oil, process until combined well.

Add eggs, continue processing until the mixture is a pudding-like consistency.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and soda. Whisk to combine, add the fruit mixture. Stir together until there are no dry pockets or wet pockets of ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Stir in the chopped walnuts.

Scoop batter into a 9X5 inch loaf pan, bake 45-50 minutes or until done in your oven. Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes to cool slightly, turn out on a rack or cotton towel to cool completely. 

Wrap in parchment or waxed paper and store overnight before cutting. Serve with Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread if desired. 

Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread

4 oz. cream cheese
2 T honey

Combine until smooth, and offer along with slices of Simple Nut Bread.

Storage options for Simple Nut Bread. You may store at room temperature for up to two days, for longer storage, store covered tightly in the refrigerator. Simple Nut Bread should freeze and thaw nicely with no loss of flavor or texture. 

Storage options for Honeyed Cream Cheese Spread. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. I do not recommend freezing for longer storage

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  1. this looks like a real treat, and so healthy too.

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  2. OK, Imma give it a try when I next bake nut bread. Thanks!

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  3. Sounds delicious, perfect with a cuppa!
    You're most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,
    Jennifer

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  4. This looks perfect for afternoon tea!

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    1. Refined sugar free recipes have become a favorite of mine to develop, and this one, was one of my first to get it right! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome's What's for Dinner party! Have a fabulous weekend and hope to see you on Sunday!

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 61. Pinned!

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