Walnuts. We love to add them to our salads for a healthy dose of fats and a little bit of protein and when we want something sweet that includes them, baklava is the first dessert on our mind. We also like adding them to apple pies and sprinkling them atop our vegan sundaes, but these nuts have a potential that stretches far beyond a topping.
Walnuts have a high fat content, so just like we can grind up other nuts and seeds with dates and oats to make dessert crusts, we can do the same with walnuts. This pie uses a combination of walnuts, almonds, and oats to make a crust that’s crumbly and sweet. We can also use walnuts in savory dishes. This Nut and Seed Loaf includes walnuts to make a hearty dinner entrée that’s flavorful and filling. You can even use walnuts to make all kinds of raw, chocolatey desserts. Try this, blank, this blank, and this blank to see what we mean.
Then, check out these 15 recipes to see how many different ways we can use walnuts.
1. Date and Walnut Cheese
Sometimes it feels like cashew cheese gets all the spotlight. This is a great recipe for homemade Date and Walnut Cheese that can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Quick and easy to make, this is great to serve with a fresh fruit platter or as part of a vegan cheese platter with crackers and nuts.
2. Chocolate-Covered Brownie Cake Pops
Chocolate-Covered Brownie Cake Pops that are no bake? Just wait for the children to come running to your refrigerator! Walnuts and dates are mixed to cacao powder to make the rich and fudgy “brownie” portion and they’re coated with even more chocolate. If you like fruit in your chocolate, you can even blend some into the brownie “batter.”
3. Raw Spaghetti With ‘Bolognese’ Sauce
Treat yourself to something that’s both heart and light, like this dish of Raw Spaghetti With “Bolognese” Sauce! Walnuts provide the perfect texture when it comes to replicating meaty crumbles covered in savory sauce. Served over a bed of zucchini noodles, not only is it incredibly fresh, but you can easily have it ready in under 15 minutes.
4. Walnut Coffee Cake With a Brownie Base
The beauty of vegan baking and raw cake-making is that you can totally reinvent classic dishes. That way, you get to enjoy two versions: the more traditional, familiar recipe, and the new, tantalizing recipe. This Raw Walnut Coffee Cake With a Brownie Base tastes like something people had never tasted before. The brownie base is for all the chocolate lovers out there: it makes this cake even more indulgent!
5. Cashew-Walnut Pate Stuffed Dates With a Mint Garnish
In this recipe for Stuffed Dates, richly sweet Medjool dates are stuffed with a paté made from cashews and walnuts that are blended into a creamy, pate-like texture. With fresh-squeezed lemon juice, coarsely ground black pepper, mint leaves, and other garnishes, these stuffed dates are an attractive appetizer for any occasion.
6. 5-Ingredient Raw Mini Walnut Brownies
These Raw Mini Walnut Brownies are to die for and it only takes about five minutes to make them! You can use square silicon moulds for ice to shape them, or you can use any available mould. They’re richly sweet, thanks to dates and indulgent from the walnuts. You can spruce them up with goji berries or any kind of dried fruit, or just enjoy them plain — they’re great any way you make them.
7. Walnut ‘Taco Meat’
This Walnut “Taco Meat” is made from a walnut base and is absolutely incredible. Put it on tortillas with some homemade salsa, cashew sour cream and guacamole or make it an entirely raw meal and serve it on leave of cabbage or lettuce.
8. Easy Chocolate Tart
This Easy Chocolate Tart might be one of the simplest vegan chocolate desserts you can make and it’s so good. The crust is made from walnuts and dates with a little bit of almonds thrown into the mix and it’s topped with a silky cream pie filling. All you need is a food processor and fridge and eight ingredients. For a dark chocolate version of this omit the powdered sugar. That way it will even be raw vegan!
9. Fluffy Spinach Dumplings With Walnut Parmesan
These Fluffy Spinach Dumplings aren’t anything like the dumplings you might get at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant. Instead, these dumplings are like giant, cloud-like meatballs filled with bread and spinach. Yum! Top them with nutty walnut “parmesan” and serve them alongside your favorite veggies.
10. Nut and Seed Burgers
While these Nut and Seed Burgers are light and fluffy, they’re substantial due to being made from nuts and seeds. Walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and others are combined to form these tasty burgers that can be baked or fried. They won’t fall apart on you, either!
11. Toasted Walnut Hummus
This Toasted Walnut Hummus is a tasty little snack that can be whipped up in absolutely no time (about 15 minutes, tops!). It’s so simple, yet so good, and is even packed with lots of nutrition – full of protein and healthy fats, it will help stave off hunger in the most deliciously healthy way. Serve this with pita chips, veggies, and a garnish of chopped walnuts, parsley, some black sesame seeds, and a drizzle of olive oil.
12. Raw Veggie Wraps With Walnut Pate
These vibrant Raw Veggie Wraps come together within minutes and are bursting with fresh, whole foods. A rainbow of vegetables and a walnut pate is assembled and then and stuffed them into dark leafy greens. Raw green collards make an awesome wrap – they’re a natural, gluten-free, and a nutrient dense alternative to most wheat-based tortilla wraps. Pack these collard wraps for lunch, bring them to a picnic, and enjoy them as the weather gets warmer.
13. Healthy Spinach and Walnut Pesto Pasta
Who says pasta has to be boring? This amazing Spinach and Walnut Pesto Pasta dish has a bright green pop from the walnut and spinach pesto and a flash of vibrant red from the cherry tomato topping. Have fun with this one – but most importantly, enjoy!
14. Creamed Cocoa Bites
This recipe for quick and easy Creamed Cocoa Bites bites is so rich, you’ll feel like you’re eating something much more decadent than a healthy snack. The nutmeg gives these delicious treats a holiday flare. Serve them at your next event, take a moment to indulge in these after work or school, or put them in your gym bag for a great after workout snack.
15. Raw Walnut Hemp Brownie Fudge Butter
Brownies will never get old. But sometimes it needs a revamp and that’s what this Raw Walnut Hemp Brownie Fudge Butter does. You can indulge in raw batter without any worries — this recipe is packed with a big helping of hemp seeds, walnuts, and cacao powder. Try switching it up with your favorite nut butters, cacao nibs, and if you’re feeling adventurous, little bits of chickpea cookie dough (though, it won’t be raw anymore).
Whether you like dessert or savory dishes, walnuts have got ya covered.
Lead image source: Date and Walnut Cheese