If you’re looking for a family treat or snack that is delicious and also has nutritional value, why not consider the healthy treats that can be made with nuts? Nuts are a great source of protein, fiber and antioxidants, making them an ideal snack. Here are a few treat ideas and some suggestions for keeping a well-stocked pantry so you can make amazing treats whenever you’re inspired to do so.
Once you realize the variety of treats that can be made with nuts, you’ll want to try as many as you can. From nut candies to pies there is likely to be something on this list to tempt everyone.
Chocolate Dipped Almonds
This is one of the easier confections to make. Simply purchase quality shelled almonds in the bulk section of your grocery store. Purchase salted or unsalted depending on your preference. Also buy a quality semi-sweet chocolate. Cut the chocolate into small sized chunks and place in a microwave safe glass bowl. On 50% heat, microwave the chocolate until it melts. Dip each almond into the melted chocolate and place on a sheet of wax paper until the chocolate has dried. This recipe can also be used with any other nut variety, or dried fruits and is particularly amazing with dried apricots.
Healthy Snack Mix
Nuts are great when combined with other snack ingredients like dried fruit and chocolate pieces. This is a healthy snack to make with the kids. If you prepare several bowls of ingredients in advance you can even have different family members assemble their own custom blended healthy snack mix.
Who can resist pecan pie? For variety, why not try a chocolate hazelnut pie? Pies featuring nuts are rich and are perfect for a special occasion. While these may not be as healthy they still offer nutritional value for this type of dessert.
Stocking the Pantry
If you’d like to be able to create a culinary masterpiece any time the inspiration strikes, it’s a great idea to have your pantry well stocked ahead of time. Most of the different treats that can be made with nuts will also require at least some of the basic baking supplies like sugar, flour, salt and butter. It’s also a good idea to keep an assortment of dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, cherries and apricots. As far as nut selection goes, if you have peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts on hand you’ll be able to make a great selection of nut treats.
There are so many different treats that can be made with nuts, including healthy treats, that it can be hard to decide where to start. Why not choose your favorite nut and start with a simple recipe and see where inspiration takes you?