Culinary Inspiration

How do you show your love for your sweetheart when Valentine’s Day rolls around? Let us count the ways! We believe the perfect Valentine’s gift for your true love is a special culinary creation, lovingly prepared by your own hands. Whether you’re head over heels in love, or still checking “It’s Complicated” on Facebook, there’s someone in your life you care for above all others. Show them how much you care with one of these irresistible and delectable Valentine’s Day treats. After all, cooking is considered a love language, right?

Walnut Cookie Hearts Filled with Fig Jam
Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bites
Rocky Road Truffles

Bake Sweets for Your Sweetheart

You can never go wrong with dessert. Our Walnut Cookie Hearts Filled with Fig Jam are the perfect indulgence for Valentine’s Day. Ground walnuts are baked into the cookies for a hint of nutty flavor. Once baked, a dollop of fig jam is sandwiched between two cookies, covered in melted chocolate and garnished with chopped walnuts. You’ll fall in love at first bite!

If your loved one is still on their New Year’s resolution kick, bake up some guilt-free Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bites at just 72 calories a pop. Applesauce is used as a substitute for butter, lowering the fat content while still keeping these bite-sized brownies moist. Add chopped walnuts on top for a craveable crunch!

Need more sweet inspiration? Who can resist tempting Rocky Road Truffles full of walnuts, chocolate and mini marshmallows? These chocolatey truffles have only six ingredients. So if you’re looking for a quick and simple, last-minute dessert, this is the recipe for you. And the best part? No oven time necessary!

Find even more scrumptious Valentine’s Day recipes here!

Corn Tomato Blackbean Walnut Salad
Slow Cooked Asian Pulled Chicken with Honeyed Walnut Coleslaw
Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Pear and Walnut Bowl

Cook Up a Heart-Healthy1 Dish for Two

Besides Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart Month. With all this emphasis on hearts, it’s a great time to let your loved one know that you care about their health and appetites.

We make it super simple to know what recipes to whip up with our Heart-Check mark certified recipe collection. It’s a quick way to identify heart-healthy1 recipes certified by the American Heart Association. And, for the proverbial cherry on top, they are also delicious!

Brioche French Toast with Walnut Crumble
Walnut Porridge
Walnut Chorizo Frittata

Surprise Your Loved One with Breakfast in Bed

Let your loved one really enjoy Valentine’s Day by allowing them some extra beauty sleep. It may mean you need to wake up early, but after all, love is about compromise.

Don’t know what to serve? Walnuts take any breakfast to the next level, from our California Walnut Sticky Buns to our California Walnut Chorizo Frittata to our full brunch recipe collection.

Forget UberEats and Grubhub. Your personal bedside food delivery will make all the difference for a Valentine’s Day to remember. If you are looking for more ideas on how to serve the best breakfast in bed, check out our 4 Must-Try Breakfast in Bed Recipes post.

No matter how you surprise your sweetheart, one thing is certain, homemade California walnut treats and eats are a genuinely heartfelt way to make someone’s Valentine’s Day this year.

1Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One ounce of walnuts provides 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13g of polyunsaturated fat, including 2.5g of alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based omega-3.

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