Recipes: Going nuts with nuts and seed

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Delicious recipes for nuts and seed

When people talk about nuts and seed, what comes to your mind? Munchies! Small bit-sized easy to eat food that are easily stored and eaten any time of the day.

Not to mention that these goodies are great when mixed properly and combined to make great dishes and starters. So what makes nuts and seed something that we naturally crave and enjoy eating?

Nuts and seed are a great source of protein when it comes to foods that are easily eaten without even having to put any effort in – they can be eaten raw and still taste good. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of ingredients that go beautifully with nuts and seed if. Even tossed salads taste better with nuts and seed!

Sunshine Cereal

adapted from food.com

Kick start your day with a healthy helping of this awesome yet light cereal.

Ingredients:

nuts-and-seed-sunshine-cereal1 tbsp of halved almonds (can be pecans or walnuts)
1 tbsp wheat germ
4 tsp sunflower seeds
½ cup granola cereal
¼ cup all-bran cereal
2 tbsp raisins
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1 pinch cinnamon
1 small banana, sliced and peeled
2 tablespoons of honey
Fruit toppings (strawberries or any fresh fruit) sliced
In a large bowl, combine the different cereals, wheat germ, 3 tsp of sunflower seeds and all the nuts and raisins. Properly mix all the ingredients and add the yogurt to top it all off.
To serve, divide the cereal into the number of bowls desired. This serving can easily create 2-3 small-sized bowls. Top with fresh fruits of your choice, sprinkle with cinnamon, add the honey and the remaining 1tsp of sunflower seeds.

Fruit and Nut Salad

adapted from food.com

A great, healthy meal that can be prepared in less than 5 minutes. Perfect for those afternoons when you want something to eat that is not hard to prepare.

Ingredients:

1tbsp almond nuts
1tbsp cashew nuts
1 tbsp walnuts
1 tsp peeled pistachios
1 tbsp raisins
1 thinly sliced apple
100g diced Gruyere Cheese
100g dried cranberries
100g of mixed salad leaves
Vinaigrette

In a large mixing bowl place in, apples, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, cranberries, raisins and the mixed salad leaves. Before serving, toss with the vinaigrette of your choice and you are good to go.

This can be eaten as a meal on its own or as a side dish to chicken or beef. Either way, this is a great way to get plenty of nutrients in one single sitting.

Double Chocolate Chunk & Nut Cookies

adapted from allrecipes.co.uk

Now this would not be a nut recipe guide without some delicious baking ideas. Cookies are always great served with milk or standalone munchies that can be eaten any time of the day.

Ingredients:

nuts-and-seed-cookies55g macadamia nuts, chopped
115g dark chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa solids) roughly chopped
20g cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
3 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
¼ tsp salt
115g unsalted butter, needs to be at room temperature
85g muscovado sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 beaten egg
85g self-raising white flour
55g plain whole meal flour

Preheat the oven to 375 F / 190 C and make sure to line baking sheets with baking parchment. In a large bowl, beat the butter with sugar and vanilla extract, gradually adding the egg until light and fluffy.

Add the white and whole meal flours, baking powder and salt using sieve. Also tip in any bran that is left in the sieve. Add the chocolate, milk and nuts and mix well.

Place the desired amount of mixture on the prepared baking sheets. Arrange the cookies well apart so that they can bake properly. Make sure to flatten the cookies with a fork and bake for about 15minutes.

Once done, leave the cookies at room temperature to cool. This can be stored in a container and can last for up to 5 days.

Easy to make, mouth watering recipes that use nuts and seeds. Whenever you are tired of the normal way of cooking meat and vegetables, why not try out nuts and seed as well? They have great nutritional value that can easily spruce up a meal. Let’s go nuts with nuts and seed!