Hi, Mommy on Demand readers! It’s Blair from The Seasoned Mom and I’m glad to be back this month with another simple, seasonal recipe to share. Packed with sweet flavor, these Cinnamon, Date and Nut Mini Loaves are the perfect holiday gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, and friends!
It’s the time of year when I love to have something small to share with all of my friends and family. The thought and gesture goes a long way and lets someone know that I appreciate them, and a homemade snack is always in good taste!
These mini loaves of quick bread are ideal for a few reasons. They are fast to prepare at a time of year when we’re all crunched for time (you only need 10 minutes)! Plus, the smaller loaf pans = a shorter baking time. Double win!
I also love that I can make these in advance, wrap them tightly, and keep them in the freezer until I need them. That way I’m not running around like a crazy person at the last minute as I scramble to pull gifts together. You can even stock your freezer with a few extras for those folks that you may have accidentally left off of your list.
Another great thing about these treats? They’re so practical! Since they can be served as a delicious homemade breakfast for visiting houseguests, or enjoyed as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea, everyone will be able to use these goodies – no re-gifting necessary!
Happy holidays, and don’t forget to stop by The Seasoned Mom for even more easy and delicious seasonal recipes!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour (or additional all-purpose flour)
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup milk
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- ⅔ cup chopped dates
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 3 mini loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, orange zest, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and oil. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Fold in the dates and walnuts.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool on wire racks. These can be wrapped tightly and stored in the freezer until ready to use.