Ways to Use Walnuts in Desserts

Adding walnuts to a dessert is a great way to get a little extra fiber and protein into your diet as well as to make sure your last bite of the day is a little healthier than usual. Here are some fun dessert recipes you can make with the addition of walnuts.

A Hot Fudge Sundae with Walnuts

If there’s any dessert more traditionally American than the apple pie, it might be this one. A hot fudge sundae complete with cherries, whipped cream, and chopped walnuts is one of those desserts we all remember from our childhoods and wouldn’t mind eating again as adults. Here is a great recipe for a traditional hot fudge sundae, walnuts included.

Walnut Ice Cream

If you’re not a big fan of vanilla and hot fudge, though, that’s fine. You can still enjoy your walnuts on a hot, summer night in a cool ice cream dish. In fact, your walnuts can actually flavor the ice cream itself. Maple walnut ice cream has a fun and exciting flavor that you can create yourself, and it can work for the summer as well as the winter holidays.

Or if you want to try something a little different, make yourself some black walnut ice cream, which calls for black walnuts and black walnut extract specifically. Though it may require a little extra work, it’s certainly worth it.

Baked Goods

Walnuts are absolutely delicious in baked goods and plenty of recipes call for this ingredient. Walnuts that have been cooked are often even more delicious with a warm, crispy texture and a comforting, nutty flavor that lends itself perfectly to these types of sweets. Below are some great recipes where you can use walnuts in your baked goods.

Candied Walnuts

When you’re still unsure what to do with those nuts, why not try candying them? Candied walnuts are even better when they’re made fresh, and they can be eaten on their own or as a part of a larger dessert option. Here is a quick and easy recipe for candied walnuts, and below, you can find a number of ways to use them in other dishes.

Light Dinners for Summer Nights

Summertime is known for evenings where everyone stays out late: the adults, the kids, and even the sun. As such, making a heavy meal for this time of day at this time of the year can feel exhausting—not to mention that it will make you and your loved ones feel overstuffed after eating it. So here are some light dinners you can create on a warm, summer night like this one.

Grilled Fish

Grilled salmon, mahi mahi, or tuna is a great option for a light summer dinner. Here is a fantastic recipe for grilled salmon with mustard and herbs that will be a perfect addition to any summer evening. And, if you’re feeling like kicking things up a notch, try making some grilled fish tacos that will be sure to please the whole family.

Sharable Salads

Salads are a refreshing option for a hot, summer night. They will provide you and your loved ones with all the vegetables and fruits you need as well as with an opportunity to create a family style dinner where everyone shares with one another.

Here is a great lychee, vermicelli, and edamame salad that is bound to get everyone talking, and this watermelon and spinach super salad is absolutely perfect for a summer night. Still, if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, a summer salad itself is usually made with romaine lettuce, apples, cheese, and turkey or chicken (with candied nuts thrown in for extra flavor).

Tacos

Yes, this is the second mention of this option, but any type of taco can make for a great, light dinner on a summer night. Tacos are perfect because everyone can doctor theirs the way they choose and no one has to eat more than they want, which will ensure no one gets too full. Health.com has several nutritious taco recipes that utilize several different types of meat, or if you prefer, none at all.

Sandwiches

Let’s face it: sandwiches are usually delegated to the lunch table, but on a summer night, they can be a refreshing nighttime meal as well. This green goddess hummus sandwich is a perfect dinner choice, especially if you are a vegetarian, while a traditional Cuban sandwich can help you if you’re looking for a little more meat in your dinner meal. Whatever you choose, though, it’s hard to go wrong with a sandwich, a small fruit plate, and some homemade ice cream for dessert.

Indulgence with Moderation

When we try to fit into a routine of doing everything by a strict set of rules, regardless of circumstance, we force ourselves to adhere to a standard we can never live up to (and, as a result, we make ourselves pretty miserable). This is why fad diets never seem to work and why living a healthy lifestyle with occasional indulgences is often a healthier choice.

Living Healthy… Most of the Time

Eating vegetables, fruits and lean meats makes us feel good and gives us more energy than eating heavy processed foods. We all know this. But having to be so strict with our diets can be extremely difficult. Counting calories never made anyone feel good all the time, and in fact, being really strict with your diet can start to make you feel worse about yourself.

That’s why it’s better to be generally healthy than to adhere to a crazy diet that forces you to live like a caveman or to never, ever eat bread. We all know how to live healthily and what foods are good for us, and if you don’t, there are plenty of places you can go to find out more about the food groups and the amount of servings you should have every day.

Indulging… Every Once in a While

The point is living healthy doesn’t mean going completely without the foods you love. It’s okay to eat chips sometimes as long as it’s not every day, and it’s fine to go out to eat as long as you’re considering what you’re putting into your body. You can eat healthy and still indulge as long as you think about the choices you make as you make them. Remember, it’s an impossible standard to expect yourself to be good 100 percent of the time… but you can do what you’re supposed to 75 percent of the time and still get results.

Satisfying and Creamy Walnut Soup

Our love for walnuts always grows when we come up with a new way to use them. We know that the weather is starting to warm up in most places, and soup isn’t exactly comfort food for the spring and summer, but we wanted to share it anyway. It’s still a great way to get the benefits of walnuts, and even enjoy a healthy lunch.

How to Prepare Walnut Soup

This recipe will not take you long at all. It’s actually why we love it so much. You can make it in 30 minutes!

The ingredients include:

  • 24 ounces of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 2.5 tablespoons of onions, butter, and flour
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk (whole milk makes it creamier, but you can cut down on calories with 2%)

To get started, combine the chicken broth, walnuts, onions, celery, and nutmeg. Put it in a soup pot, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat on it and then simmer for a half hour.

After everything is softened, let it cool enough to be able to put it in a blender. When it is, place the mixture in a blender to puree it.

You will need to strain the contents of the blender to remove any particles that did not blend completely. The left over should be liquid.

To make it creamy, melt the butter in a pot and the put in the flour while whisking a little each time. Once the flour is in the pot, pour in the milk while also whisking. Bring this mixture to a boil, and then let it cook for one minute while stirring as much as possible. It will thicken, and that’s when you know it’s ready for the next step.

Pour the pureed mixture into the creamy base and stir. The last step is to add the cream and then heat it all up to a satisfactory temperature. You can add some parsley to the soup for those of you who like parsley.

This soup can be as thick or as thin as you would like. You can control the walnut flavor by adding more or less walnuts to the first step.

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How to Use Walnut Oil

Are you looking for something to put a twist on your old favorite recipes? If so, walnut oil is the answer.

Walnut oil has been used in the Perigord and Burgundy regions of France for many years. It’s not like other nut oils. Walnut oil is unrefined. It’s made from dried nuts that have been cold pressed, preserving the nutrients that are so important to a healthy body and mind.

Many people believe that fats are bad for health. This is not true. The body runs on fats, especially polyunsaturated fats found in walnuts. These fats are converted into energy in the body giving you the power to do everything you want to throughout the day. Moderation is key, though. Using too much can cause you to have an overflow of energy, which then converts to extra unwanted pounds.

How to Use It in Recipes

Using walnut oil in recipes is easy. You can substitute anything you would use olive oil for, such as salad or sauteing vegetables. The nutty flavor can really give dishes a whole new taste that will make you love them all over again.

Many customers will use walnut oil on their steaks, chicken, and pork. The wholesome flavor is what can give meats a delicious twist making getting the protein the body needs easy.

Chicken salad is a great way to use the oil. Many people put nuts and cranberries in their chicken salad, and walnut oil gives it the kick that most chicken salads are missing.

Putting walnut oil in desserts is another idea. If you would put crushed nuts in a dessert, you can use walnut oil in it. It really brings out that nutty flavor that so many scrumptious desserts have, especially when paired with cream or vanilla ice cream.

Note About Cooking with Walnut Oil

Avoid using a lot of heated walnut oil. It can become bitter when it’s heated. You can use it without the bitterness when sauteing, or just splashing some extra flavor on foods after they are cooked through. As long as you use the oil in moderation, you should be okay when it comes to the bitterness.

Other Uses

Most people don’t know that walnut oil can also be used to improve your beauty. It can fight wrinkles, help fight and relieve infections, treat psoriasis, and fight dandruff and hair loss. Give it a try in your beauty regime to take advantage of all its uses.

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Roasted Rosemary Walnuts

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 cup walnut oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Place nuts on a baking sheet. Add remaining ingredients and mix with your hands to evenly coat.
  3. Bake until nuts are browned and toasted, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet, transfer to a bowl, and serve.

Enjoy!

Asian Pacific Spice Dressing

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 T. brown sugar
2 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame seed oil
3 T. Chaparral Gardens Pacific Spice Vinegar
1/4 c. Limerock Orchards Roasted Walnut Oil

Blend all ingredients except walnut oil until combined. Continue blending, adding oil slowly to emulsify. Toss with butter lettuce, grilled chicken, mini bell peppers, asian noodles and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Gnocchi Verdi with Red Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Pasta
1/4 cup walnut oil
1 garlic clove, mashed
6 ounces baby spinach leaves
2 1/2 cups ricotta
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 large egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Sauce
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, minced
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
5 oz. gorgonzola cheese
1 cup  whipping cream

Head on over to There’s a Newf in My Soup! for the directions and full recipe!

Banana Red Walnut Muffins

Makes about 16 muffins

Ingredients

For the Muffins
1/2 cup (1 stick) room temperature butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups pancake mix (I used Pioneer Baking Mix)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup 1% milk (You can use whatever you have on hand)
2 ripe bananas, sliced in half length-wise and then diced into 1/2″ pieces
1 cup chopped Red (or regular) Walnuts

For the Crumb Topping
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted butter

Head on over to Blue Bonnets and Brownies for the directions and full recipe!

Walnut Champagne Vinaigrette

One of the best things about walnut oil is the way it pairs with vinegars; while olive oils can sometimes add acidity to vinaigrettes, walnut oil is much more tannic and balanced. This recipe is just the right combination of tartness with a hint of sweet – perfect for delicate lettuces.

Ingredients

1 finely chopped garlic clove
2 T. dijon mustard
1/4 c. Champagne vinegar
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. honey
1/2 c. walnut oil
Salt & pepper

Blend together garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice and honey. Slowly add walnut oil until dressing is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over butter leaf lettuce with candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, popped cranberries and a garnish of fresh sliced peach.