With their buttery flavor and mellow crunch, walnuts add a little something special to both sweet and savory dishes. You can always chop them up to garnish vegetable sides (like this spinach salad) or sprinkle them on granola, but there is so much more you can do with this versatile nut!
Here are four ways to use walnuts as a main ingredient:
- 1 cup roasted walnuts, or any type of nut, such as peanuts, almonds or pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, or honey
- Yogurt, or ice cream (for serving)
- Combine walnuts, maple syrup or honey in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve warm over yogurt or ice cream.
Other easy ways to use walnuts:
Walnut Crackle Cookies: Mix 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 egg white together until combined. Spoon 1 tablespoon-sized portions onto a parchment-paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 300°F for 25-30 minutes, until light golden-brown.
3-Ingredient Trail Mix: Combine equal portions of walnut, raisins (or any dried fruit) and chocolate chips in a resealable plastic bag. Store in a dark, cool place until ready to serve.
Honey Roasted Walnuts: Toss 1 cup walnuts, 3 tablespoons honey and 1/8 teaspoon salt in large bowl until combined. Spread walnut mixture in an even layer on a parchment-paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, until lightly toasted. Allow to cool at room temperature before serving.
- Recipes and photos: Dish Works