I didn't have natural bran, so I used powdered wheat flakes cereal instead. I also reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup, used raisins, and baked for 1 1/2 hour. The bread turned out very flavourful, but the raisins made it terribly difficult to slice the loaf! It also did seem a little dense, but I will make this again, with a few changes.
My Aunt made this bread exactly as written with dates only and I love it. I asked for the recipe from her and when I searched zaar I found your post. Thanks for adding it. Everyone can use a little more healthy in their lives :).
I loved it! I did alter a few things on mine: I added raisins, date and dried apricot bits, added 1 tsp of olive oil and halved almonds on top for decor. It also took about 50 minutes or so to bake. This is a great healthy bread!