The Bottom Line: December 22nd is National Date Nut Bread Day!
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December 22nd is National Date Nut Bread Day! While bread is without a doubt a universal food favorite, different kinds of breads make their to the front of the shelves once the holiday season starts. Today celebrates one in particular, date nut bread! Whoever thought up the idea of putting together some nuts, sugar, and dates together, we applaud you.
Dates are believed to have originated around Iraq, being that dates have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. Many even believe that dates have been around as early as 4000 BCE. We can see why this fruit has been around for so long: dates provide essential nutrients and are a very good source of potassium. While the sugar content in a date is about 80%... the remainder of the fruit offers a load of vital nutrients!
Dates are notorious for their high sugar content, so it is no surprise that most date nut bread recipes do not call for any additional sweeteners. To celebrate National Date Nut Bread Day, try your hand at baking a homemade loaf of this festive treat! Don't forget to top it off with a little cream cheese frosting!
Now nuts on the other hand… who doesn’t love em? Several studies have shown that those who consume nuts on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. It’s even been shown that eating a variety of different kind of nuts can lower cholesterol. Who needs Cheerios when you’ve got these bad boys? Add these two power ingredients to your next loaf of bread and you’ll have yourself a pretty delicious treat! Get your fill of date nut bread today in preparation of the holiday. After all, that is what this holiday is for.