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Nostalgia Datenut Loaves


2 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
4 loaves

Need a warm way to start the day or a nostalgic gift for neighbors during the holiday season? Try this easy homemade date loaf. It's packed full of toasted walnuts, chewy dates and sweet HERSHEY'S Mini Chips Semi-Sweet Chocolates. It's just as good for breakfast as it is with a dollop of whipped cream for dessert.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
35 minutes
Bake Time
45 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour


  • 1-1/2 cups
    boiling water
  • 1 cup
    dates, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups
  • 1
  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 cup
    walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup
    HERSHEY'S Mini Chips Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
bowl bowl
oven oven
mixing bowl mixing bowl
mixer mixer
measuring cups measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
wire racks wire racks
(4) miniature loaf pans (4) miniature loaf pans

Pour water over dates in medium bowl; let stand 15 minutes.


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease four 3-1/4x5-3/4x2-1/4-inch foil miniature loaf pans.


Beat sugar, egg, oil and vanilla in large bowl on high speed of mixer 3 minutes. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with dates to egg mixture, beating until blended. Stir in walnuts and small chocolate chips. Pour about 1-1/4 cups batter into each prepared pan.


Add a drizzle of powdered sugar mixed with enough milk to get desired thickness.


Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

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