Today is National Nut Day! What exactly does that mean? Well, we have no idea. We presume it’s just a day to celebrate in all of our favorite healthy fats from peanuts to walnuts to pine nuts. Despite the wide variety, we cannot deny that they are all strikingly delicious.
So, in order to honor this national holiday, we decided to round up some of our favorite nut recipes incorporating our favorite nuts. There’s savory and there’s sweet, but they are all delicious in their own way!
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Peanuts and peanut butter are probably the most popular of nuts due to their accessibility and how cheap they are in comparison to other nuts. They are nutritious, filling, filled with protein, fiber, potassiium, and more. They are also high in monounsaturated fat, which is great for heart health.
Carrot Noodles with Peanut Sauce via Thank Your Body
This first recipe is savory and rich. Peanuts are so versatile and adds a wonderful crunchy texture.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites via The Comfort of Cooking
Everyone knows that peanut butter and chocolate is a combination sent from Heaven. Make it a healthy option for breakfast or a snack!
We just love almonds. Reach for a handful when you’re hungry and you’re good to go! Personally, we think they are best raw, as a nut butter, or in yummy dessert form.
Homemade Almond Butter via Fabtastic Eats
Perhaps one of the easier nut butters to make at home, we definitely think giving almond butter a go is worth a shot.The best part is that you can add all kinds of additional flavors to make your taste buds that much happier. This version is made with cinnamon!
Raw Almond Butter Cups via Oh She Glows
Raw almond cups are probably one of the simplest recipes, but also healthiest. It’s essentially a dessert you will never have to feel guilty about.
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Cashews are so delicious and high in omega 3s, making it super heart healthy. They also make for a great cheese substitute…
Vegan Broccoli Rabe & Cashew Ricotta White Pizza via Connoisseurus Veg
… and what could make for a better bed for cheese than pizza? This vegan pizza with cashew ricotta might even be better than the real deal.
Crockpot Cashew Chicken via Jo Cooks
Forget Chinese take out and prepare yourself a meal that is a whole lot more satisfying and nutritious.
Hazelnuts are the perfect nuts for dessert time. Being the magic behind some of the most famous chocolates, candies, and creams (ahem, we’re looking at you Nutella), this is the perfect nut to incorporate into sweets.
Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles via Greatist
When I was young used to buy a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolate truffles and just eat every single one of them. Unfortunately, I no longer have the metabolism of a 10 year old, nor do I care for all those extra preservatives and ingredients. Try making your own at home for a healthier indulgence.
Chocolate Hazelnut Avocado Cake via Scaling Back Blog
Chocolate cake made with avocados and hazelnuts might sound perplexing to you, but we promise it only adds to the richness in taste and texture.
Pecans are often thought of a s a very seasonal nut. After all, they’re perfect on pies and delicious in sweet potato casseroles. However, they can be incorporated in your diet daily. That being said, they tend to be on the pricier side of things.
Healthy Maple Pecan Granola via Minimalist Baker
Perhaps the perfect seasonal topping for everything from acai bowls, to smoothies, and yogurt, this pumpkin granola might be hard to put down.
Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans via Rachel Schultz
Pecans are not only great for sweet dishes, but savory ones, too. Pair with root veggies, goat cheese, and cranberries for a great side.
Walnuts are super healthy and the only nut that has a significant amount of alpha-lineolic acid, an essential omega 3 fatty acid.
Baked Pears With Walnuts & Honey via Skinny Taste
Almost like taking a bite into Fall, this baked pear and walnut concoction is the healthiest dessert we can think of. If you’re vegan, you can substitute the honey for maple syrup.
Basil Walnut Pesto via Culinary Hill
There is no doubt that pesto is delicious, but if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, that sneaky cheese is less than optimal. This walnut version will do just the trick. You might not even notice the difference!
Pine nuts make for the perfect topping and are best in savory dishes.
Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad via Closet Cooking
Filled with healthy fats, proteins, and carbs, this is the perfect lunch to keep you energized.
Parmesan, Oregano and Pine Nut Melts via Not Enough Cinnamon
These crackers require only 4 ingredients but are super delicious. Whether you want to eat them alone or with a dip, you won’t get enough.
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