Culinary Inspiration

You know what they say – “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and research shows that more and more people are becoming breakfast lovers. In fact, a recent study found that approximately 24% of Americans are eating breakfast foods more often, while 79% reported eating breakfast at a time other than morning.

Now, as we look to the start of 2022, you might be wondering how your breakfast routine will align with your upcoming resolutions. This year, why not ditch rigid diet trends and opt for some better-for-you breakfast recipes instead?

If your goal is to start your New Year off with better breakfast options, or you’re just looking for a delicious, guilt-free way to treat yourself, this roundup of easy-to-make breakfast recipes is sure to get your taste buds jumping for joy. When you harness the versatility of California walnuts, you can do more by adding flavor, texture and nutrition to easily take just about any breakfast and kick it up a few notches.

Breakfast with Friends

Charcuterie boards aren’t just for evening snacks with meats and cheeses anymore. Whether you’re hosting a small get-together or planning for a lazy family day around the house, this Breakfast Grazing Board is perfect all morning long. Trade out the traditional meats, veggies and cheeses for Nutty Breakfast Parfaits, Walnut Banana Bread, a Savory Tart and seasonal fruit. You can also add a variety of textures and tastes by serving raw or toasted walnuts to satisfy your craving for crunch or salted, candied and seasoned options, which offer the perfect combination of salty, sweet and savory.

Quick and Easy for On-the-Go

If you’re strapped for time in the morning, these Walnut Chia Overnight Oats can be prepared the night before and enjoyed as you’re getting ready to start your day. The sweetness of the maple and vanilla paired with the hearty and rich flavor of the walnuts will give your taste buds the jump-start they are craving.

If you’re looking for another on-the-go option, Walnut & Oat Crusted Veggie Egg Cups are great for meal-prepping. These bite-size cups combine spinach, bell peppers, eggs and cheese in a walnut-oat crust and can be enjoyed at room temperature or reheated. Grab one on your way out the door in the morning and begin your day with a delicious and nutritious meal.

For the Smoothie Lovers

Whether you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate National Green Juice Day or you just love green juice and don’t need any excuse at all, this Matcha Avocado Walnut Smoothie will not disappoint. With the combination of matcha, fresh mint, sweet honey and earthy California walnuts, in less than five minutes you’ll be enjoying the perfect combination of nutritious and delicious from this rich and creamy smoothie.

Not a green juice fan? Don’t worry. California Walnuts has you covered. With options like this six-ingredient, fruit-packed Blueberry Walnut Pomegranate Smoothie, a sweet and nutty Strawberry Walnut Date Smoothie or a superfood-packed Mixed Berry Walnut Chia Smoothie, you’re sure to find the perfect smoothie for your taste buds.

Banana Pancakes

Pancakes with a Twist 

Are you or someone you cook for a pancake lover? Adding walnuts to your favorite recipe is sure to instantly add richness, depth and flavor to any morning meal. These fluffy, airy Banana Walnut Pancakes with maple-flavored walnut cream are sure to raise eyebrows with delight around the table.

Looking to turn up the flavor even more? Try this Walnut Dutch Baby with Pears and Blueberries recipe. The combination of sweet pears, tart blueberries and crunchy walnuts creates the perfect morning treat.
For the perfect balance of sweet and savory, Walnut Crepes are exactly what you need. These light and airy crepes are packed with chopped walnuts for the perfect punch of crunch and topped with walnut whipped cream to add the perfect amount of sweetness.

As we roll into another New Year and breakfast continues to take on more of a starring role in the lives of Americans, you might be looking for ways to incorporate delicious, better-for-you breakfast options into your day. California walnuts offer you just the variety you’re looking for.

Whether you are planning a brunch with friends, need on-the-go breakfast options, are craving smoothies or want a savory option, walnuts are not only packed with flavor but also versatile enough to push any recipe into the flavor stratosphere. Best of all, by incorporating walnuts into your breakfast resolution you can make better-for-you breakfast options without sacrificing fun or flavor.

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