I have been thinking about date bread (and specifically gluten free date bread with coffee and ginger in it) for a few weeks. And now I have an awesome Gluten-Free Date Bread to share with you!

gluten free date bread with coffee and ginger on a wood cutting board next to a knife on a orange linen with green plates on a wooden table

Why We Love This Gluten Free Date Bread

Once I realized that I didn’t have my own healthy date bread recipe I started thinking about how I could make it super awesome. Oh, I know! I could make it with coffee to soften the dates and give it rich flavor without extra calories.

And I’d really like to make it SPECIAL and add some candied ginger, because did you know that candied ginger and dates are like totally BFFs? Then I decided I should definitely make it friendly to all of my peeps out there who are gluten-free.

And after a few tests I have a delicious and extra special date bread of my own to share with you. Gobble it up my friends!

Key Ingredients For This Recipe

Medjool Dates

Medjool dates are a fresh fruit that can be found in the produce section of the grocery store. They have a caramel flavor and a soft chewy texture unlike dried dates, which are smaller and much firmer and sweeter. They are a little higher in calories, but are packed with antioxidants, nutrients and fiber

Coffee

Coffee is used to soften the dates. The bitterness of the coffee complements the sweetness of the dates and adds a balanced richness to the bread.

Brown Rice Flour and Almond Flour

Brown rice flour and almond flour are great for gluten free baking. Brown rice flour is stone ground from high quality whole grain brown rice and has a nutty flavor. Almond flour is made from ground almonds, is low in carbs and has a slightly sweet flavor.

Candied Ginger

Candied ginger is made from gingerroot that has been cooked until soft and then lightly coated in sugar. It has a chewy texture and a spicy sweet flavor.

Additional Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans

Step By Step Instructions For This Gluten Free Date Bread

Step 1: Combine the dates and coffee.

Place halved dates in blender pitcher. Pour coffee over the dates and let sit until 70 to 90 degrees, about 30 minutes.

Step 2: Preheat oven and prepare the pan.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.

Step 3: Puree the dates and coffee and add remaining wet ingredients.

Puree dates and coffee until smooth. Add egg, coconut oil, honey and vanilla and puree until smooth.

Step 4: Combine dry ingredients, add date mixture, fold in remaining ingredients and transfer to pan.

Whisk rice flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt in a large bowl. Break up any clumps. Pour in date mixture. Stir until completely smooth and moist. Fold in pecans, chopped dates and candied ginger. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan.

Step 5: Bake, cool and serve.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool on rack in pan about an hour. Turn out and let cool completely before slicing.

FAQs and Expert Tips

Should date bread be refrigerated?

Date bread can be kept well wrapped at room temperature for 3-4 days and for more than a week in the fridge. It can be be frozen for up to 3 months.

Are Medjool dates good for baking?

Yes, with their subtly sweet caramel flavor they are one of the best substitutes for highly processed sugar.

How do you make gluten-free baked goods moist?

Gluten free baked goods can often be dry, so adding adding additional butter, oil and/or fruit purees can help add moisture to the final product.

gluten free date bread slice on a green plate

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Gluten Free Date Bread with Coffee and Ginger

Gluten Free Date Bread with Coffee and Ginger

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Gluten-free date bread with brown rice flour and almond meal. Sweetened and studded with soft Medjool dates and flavored with coffee and ginger.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup halved/pitted soft Medjool Dates (about 5 ¼ ounces, pitted)
  • 1 cup hot coffee, can be decaf
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup almond flour, any clumps broken up
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • ½ cup pitted chopped soft Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup chopped soft candied ginger

Instructions

  1. Place halved dates in blender pitcher. Pour coffee over the dates and let sit until 70 to 90 degrees, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Puree dates and coffee until smooth. Add egg, coconut oil, honey and vanilla and puree until smooth.
  4. Whisk rice flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt in a large bowl. Break up any clumps. Pour in date mixture. Stir until completely smooth and moist. Fold in pecans, chopped dates and candied ginger. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool on rack in pan about an hour. Turn out and let cool completely before slicing.

Notes

How to store bread:

Date bread can be kept well wrapped at room temperature for 3-4 days and for more than a week in the fridge. It can be be frozen for up to 3 months.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 241
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g