Ring in the Holidays With National Date Nut Bread Day

The good news is that the holidays are upon us—filled with festivities, friends, family and fun.

The bad news is that wherever we go, not-so-healthful treats are being served.

Temptations abound.  

some delicious dates on a white backgroundBut despite this, the great news is that there are also delicious and healthful choices everywhere—if we know what to look for.

A prime example is date nut bread – a treat that is easy to make, naturally sweet, and very satisfying!

A beloved British cake originating in Scotland, date nut bread is traditionally enjoyed warm with a cup of hot tea (or coffee).

What better way to commemorate this cozy, holiday season?

Which is why we want to talk about National Date Nut Bread Day, celebrated annually on December 22nd.

Is Date Nut Bread Healthful?

pecans in the shellBesides being both festive and flavorful, date nut bread is made with two great plant-based ingredients: dates and nuts.

Let’s begin with the dates.

Dates have been around for a very long time. In fact, they were a staple in Middle Eastern diets for thousands of years, and are believed to have first been cultivated in Egypt in 4,000 B.C.

Dates are naturally sweet and thus the perfect substitute for the refined (stripped of fiber) sugar that is so often called for in baking recipes.

And what about the nuts?

Walnuts are usually the ‘nut of choice’ for this bread, but there are no hard and fast rules; other nuts (like pecans) can be used depending on your own taste preferences.

In terms of health advantages, walnuts are the ‘star’ nut; research has found that they may help lower blood cholesterol, prevent sudden cardiac death, and improve artery function—when eaten in moderation and in conjunction with a healthful diet.

One word of caution when it comes to dates and nuts. They are relatively high in sugar (the first) and fat (the latter) and are calorie dense, so a little goes a long way!

In the end, however, the combination of dates and walnuts in date nut bread makes for a tasty and better-for-you treat—an excellent choice for the holiday.

How to Celebrate National Date Nut Bread Day

Do you want to participate in National Date Nut Bread Day this year?

Dr. Rosane Oliveira and Gluten-Free Date Nut BreadHere are some ideas:

  • Spread the Word: Tell your friends and family about this delicious holiday treat and give them information on dates and nuts.
  • Use #DateNutBreadDay: Participate on social media by using the hashtag #DateNutBreadDay.
  • Try a New Recipe: Make your own with our delicious and healthful recipe for Gluten-Free Date Nut Bread.  It is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and the perfect addition to any gathering.

However you choose to celebrate National Date Nut Bread Day, remember to pay attention to nutritious alternatives during the holidays.

You can still enjoy all the season has to offer while staying true to a healthful, plant-based diet.