Culinary Inspiration

Walnuts make a fantastic snack. They’re crunchy, filling and go with just about everything. Plus, one ounce of walnuts is a powerhouse of important nutrients, including ALA omega-3 (2.5g), protein (4g), fiber (2g), and magnesium (45mg)! One of our favorite snacks is raw walnuts, plain or sprinkled with sea salt. But there’s a lot of fun things you can do with walnuts to kick your snacking up a notch! Here’s some of our best tips and ideas for you. The good news? They’re super simple and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already!

1. Toast Your Walnuts

This first tip is an easy one! No extra ingredients required. Simply brown your walnuts in a stovetop pan for 1-2 minutes or bake them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350°F for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Toasting really brings out the natural flavor of the walnuts and gives them a rich and buttery texture. Store them in an airtight container (if you don’t eat them all right away) and keep them on hand for a quick and delicious snack.
Fresh Snacking Fiery Hot Cheddar Walnuts

2. Make Them Spicy!

Hot and spicy flavors are trending, so turn up the heat at snack time with cayenne-coated walnuts. Red chili pepper hot sauce and white cheddar seasoning combine in this recipe for a fiery treat! These babies can be eaten solo, or paired with popcorn, your favorite cheese, veggies or fruit. The only question is, can you handle the heat?

3. Roast Them With Rosemary

For more of a savory flavor twist, reach for the rosemary in your spice cabinet or herb garden. You’re probably familiar with using this herb for foods like chicken, potatoes, or sauces. But rosemary can really plus-up your snacks. If you have 30 minutes bake them with sea salt and black pepper using this recipe that not only tastes great, but will make your house smell amazing! They also pair well with fruit and cheese, so try building them into a summer charcuterie or cheese board.

Cinnamon Sugar Walnuts

4. Add Cinnamon Sugar

For those walnut lovers with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with cinnamon sugar candied walnuts. Think cinnamon rolls, but without the guilt! The sweetness of the combination of cinnamon and sugar is the perfect match for rich and savory walnuts. Add them to your yogurt or parfait for a delicious snack on the go!

5. Glaze Them With Maple

Keeping on the sweet snack track, maple-glaze is another quick and easy way to jazz up your walnuts. Simply sauté raw walnuts and maple syrup in a pan on medium heat to achieve that sweet walnut glaze! If you’re really feelin’ fancy, you can drizzle the mixture over some baked brie cheese.

6. Sugar and Spice

Can’t decide between savory or sweet? You don’t have to! These Spiced Rum Sugared Walnuts combine the best flavors from both worlds. Made with brown sugar, cayenne, black pepper, and spiced rum, these walnuts have a kick to them that will make them your favorite year round. No matter how you do it, be adventurous and don’t be afraid to try new things when it comes to spicing up your snacks. For more flavor inspiration, check out our list of Top Flavor Pairings with Walnuts!
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