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!
Stay tuned over for more recipe inspiration over the coming weeks as we share our favourites when out and about.
What makes California walnuts so special?
Naturally nutritious California walnuts are known for their light and creamy flavour. Fresh from the sun-dappled orchards of The Golden State, they’re a delicious snack and versatile ingredient, bursting with wholesome, plant-based goodness.
And it all comes down to the place they’re grown.
California is world-renowned for its blissful year-round sunshine and rich, diverse terra – and deservingly so. The incredible soil quality and consistent seasonal weather conditions all help to create their smooth, light and nutty taste. Combine this with stringent quality controls, and you’ve got a recipe for walnut-growing success!
Why are 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)
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 snacking at the airport.
Mango and California Walnut Trail Mix
You’ll want to have a constant stash of this sweet and nutty trail mix in the cupboard to grab a handful whenever you’re feeling a little peckish. Jam-packed with yummy ingredients, this makes for a tasty on-the-move snack.
Preparation time: 25 mins
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 250g California walnuts
- 50g sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 50g toasted coconut flakes
- 130g dried mango
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- In a small bowl, mix together the honey, water and vanilla extract.
- Into a separate mixing bowl, place the California walnuts, sunflower seeds and ground flaxseed. Pour the honey mixture over and toss to evenly coat.
- Place the walnut mix onto a lined baking tray in a single layer and toast in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.
- Set aside to cool, then mix with the toasted coconut flakes and dried mango. Store in an airtight container.
Five Ingredient California Walnut Energy Bars
With just five ingredients, you’ll be able to whip these tasty energy bars up in a matter of minutes! Perfect to enjoy when afternoon hunger strikes, the combination of the zingy cranberries and decadent cocoa will have you making these again and again.
Preparation time: 10 mins, plus chilling time
- 100g California walnuts (plus 16 walnut halves for decorating)
- 200g medjool dates
- 150g dried cranberries
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 heaped tsp beetroot powder
- Place 100g of the California walnuts into a food processor and pulse into a fine meal. Add the dates, cranberries and cocoa powder and process until the mixture is smooth and forms together into one lump.
- Tip the mixture onto a small square lined baking tray and flatten with the back of a metal spoon into a smooth, even layer. Place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
- Once chilled, dust the top with the beetroot powder, cut into 16 bars and top each with a walnut half. Store in an airtight container.
(1) Walnuts are high in unsaturated fats. Replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat as part of a balanced diet helps to lower cholesterol levels, which is important to heart health. Walnuts are high in alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA). As part of a balanced diet and lifestyle, ALA helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels.