Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or line an 8.5x4.5 inch loaf pan.
Into a food processor/blender, add the oats then the rest of the ingredients minus the walnuts. Blend until smooth.
Stir in the walnuts, if adding.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 minutes or so, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and enjoy!
I like to describe this delicious treat as a cross between cake and bread. If you want it to be more bread-y, perhaps you can try adding more oats or other types of flour. But try this recipe as is first!
Soak the dates in warm water for at least 30 minutes before adding to the blender! It'll result in a smoother consistency.
I highly recommend greasing the loaf pan with butter for a clean release after baking and for flavor! Yum!
It's delicious as is but for an added boost of nutrition, top with nut/seed butter, Greek yogurt, butter, cream cheese, etc.