Nuts can really transform a meal – whether you scatter them on a salad, in a dessert, as part of a curry, baked into a pudding or to add extra crunch to a stir-fry, they’re a really great addition to dishes both sweet and savoury.
Different nuts work well in different kinds of dishes, for example, walnuts work really well added to a blue cheese salad as they add a little bitterness, but they are also great in a walnut and maple cheesecake. Peanuts add crunch and saltiness to a stir-fry and are often used in many Asian-inspired dishes.
Peanuts also work well with chocolate so they are often found in a lot of desserts too, from salted peanut chocolate cheesecake to peanut butter crunch cups slathered in chocolate.
Pistachios are also lovely in a dessert like our gluten free pistachio and chocolate torte or orange, pistachio and almond tort. Almonds on the other hand are found in a lot of savoury dishes, as well as desserts. Try our quorn and almond curry for a healthy, light lunch option or spiced lamb with almonds and nutty rice for a more substantial dinner.
Apple and walnut cake is a classic flavour combination that everyone loves, and covered in caramel frosting, it’s one of our favourites. Coffee and walnut cake is also a popular choice as there’s a perfect balance between the bitterness of the coffee and almonds and the sweetness of the buttercream and sponge layers.
Hazelnuts too are a great addition to many cakes and desserts, as well as enjoying them toasted in various savoury dishes.
Find inspiration for cooking with nuts and really bring to life your salads, stir-fries, curries and cakes. Not only do they add a delicious contrasting flavour, but they also add extra crunch, which will take your dish to another level.
Delicious Nut recipes
Quality cocoa powder creates a luxurious feeling of comforting chocolatey goodness here, but without all the sugar and saturated fat we'd get from actually adding chocolate to the mix
Blood orange, feta and fennel salad is perfect for when blood oranges are in season and can be eaten on its own with crusty bread or as a side to roast lamb
No-bake chocolate caramel slices are a healthier version millionaire's shortbread (and easier to make!). Caramel and chocolate layers sit on a nutty base, sweetened with dates
Warming almond soup is a simple vegan recipe that's ready in just 15 minutes, topped a sprinkle of rye crumbs and chopped grapes
Chocolate macadamia brownies are the easiest and most delicious brownies, which are delicious served warm with ice cream
White chocolate and hazelnut loaf cake is easy to make and a really good lightly spiced afternoon tea cake
Homemade fudge makes a lovely gift and is easy to make if you have a sugar thermometer