It can be hard to find healthy snacks when on the go, so we’ve teamed up with California Walnuts to bring you some delicious, quick, easy recipes so you can snack happy wherever you are!
The commute can be a tricky business. Delayed trains, jam-packed buses, grumpy people who crash into you with their briefcase – it’s no wonder we don’t look forward to it.
But arm yourself with some delicious, on-the-go, California Walnut recipes and suddenly it doesn’t seem so hard!
Why are California Walnuts good for you?
Walnuts are high in unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and a 30g handful is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These good fats help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, which are vital to heart health. (1)
Heart-healthy boost before 9am? Count us in!
So, it’s fair to say these little wonders are handy addition to the diet, but how can you enjoy them? Scroll down for two delicious, easy recipes that are perfect for a quick brekkie on your commute.
California Walnut, Fig and Berry Chia Pot
This creamy chia pudding combines the autumnal flavours of fig, walnuts and berries for a beautiful breakfast that will set you up for the day ahead. Prep the night before for a quick and easy brekkie option.
Prep time: 20 mins (plus 1 hour for chilling)
- 1 vanilla pod
- 25g California walnuts, toasted and chopped
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 120ml walnut drink (see below) or milk of your choice
- 1 fresh fig
- 100g frozen mixed berries, defrosted
- 4 California walnut halves, toasted
- 2 cherries
- A sprig of mint
- Split the vanilla pod in half with a sharp knife and scrape out the seeds, then mix together the vanilla seeds, chopped walnuts, chia seeds, yoghurt, maple syrup and milk. Leave aside for 15 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell.
- Cut the fig in half. Spoon a layer of the chia seed mixture into the bottom of a jar, then place the fig halves in the jar, pressing the cut faces up against the edges of the glass.
- Spoon in the remaining chia mixture and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Place the berries into a small saucepan over a medium heat and add a splash of water to loosen the mixture.
- Heat through, breaking the berries down a little with the back of a spoon to form a jam-like consistency.
- Spoon the berries into the jar on top of the chia mixture. Decorate with the cherries, mint and walnut halves to serve.
California Walnut Drink
This creamy California walnut drink is perfect for porridge, cereals, and drinks – and because it’s homemade you know there’s no hidden nasties.
- 230g California walnuts
- 700ml water
- Pinch salt
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Place the walnuts into a mixing bowl and pour over enough cold water to completely cover, then leave to soak overnight.
- Drain the walnuts and rinse under cold running water.
- Place the soaked walnuts into a blender with the 700ml of water and blend for 2 minutes.
- Line a sieve with a piece of muslin cloth and strain, drawing together the corners of the cloth and twisting to extract as much of the liquid as possible. You can keep the remaining walnut grounds to make bircher, muffins or stir into porridge.
- Mix the liquid with a pinch of salt and the maple syrup, pour into a jug and store in the fridge.