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4 Ways to Combine Nuts and Sweets to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Jul 07, 2021

If you’re looking for a great healthy snack, look no further than nuts. They may be high in fat, but this type of fat is healthy, and they are exceptional sources of protein and fiber.

Most of their fat content includes monounsaturated fat and omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fat which are good for your body.  
Also, they come with many minerals and vitamins such as vitamin E and magnesium.

Apart from being extremely healthy, they make a delicious pairing with anything sweet. The taste of nuts and sweets will make you go bananas.

Here are 4 amazing recipes that combine nuts and sweets perfectly.

The 4 Best Nuts and Sweets Combinations - Recipes

#1 Coconut Balls

This fast and healthy recipe is ideal when you want to have something homemade and sweet and eat without feeling guilty.

These wonderful coconut balls will help you stay healthy, watch your weight, and give your kids a snack that’s both delicious and healthy. They will love it.

Another great thing about this recipe is that’s really easy and simple.

Ingredients

  • macadamias – 150 g or 1 cup
  • pitted prunes – 340 g or 2 cups
  • desiccated coconut – 45 g or ½ cup
  • vanilla extract – 3 teaspoons
  • chia seeds – 80 g or ½ cup
  • raw cocoa powder – 25 g or ¼ cup
  • melted coconut oil – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • salt flakes – ½ tablespoon
  • ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon

Preparation

Put the macadamias and prunes in a food processor and blend until they are chopped. Then, add the other ingredients and blend again until you see that the mixture comes together.

Remember that the nuts need to release their natural oil. Put the remaining coconut in a small tray and with the use of your hands make balls out of the mixture and roll them in coconut.

Let them stay in the refrigerator for half an hour and they are ready to serve.

You can double the ingredients and have these healthy coconut balls ready at all times. You can also put them in your bento box and eat them as a snack at the office or have them always ready when you are hiking, taking your kid to the park, etc.

#2 Apple & Walnut Cake

This is a delicious recipe that makes a perfect dessert after your dinner. Read more about it below.

Ingredients

  • honey – 125 ml
  • eggs – 3
  • Greek yogurt – 125 g
  • self-raising flour – 210 g
  • extra virgin olive oil – 50 ml
  • apples cut into wedges – 4 apples
  • chopped walnuts – 50 g
  • demerara sugar – 21/2 tablespoons

Preparation

Preheat the oven to around 350°F. Then, grease the side and base of a cake pan and line it with baking paper.

In a mixer whisk honey and eggs for around five minutes or until you see that the mixture is fluffy and pale. Then you need to stir in the oil and yogurt using a wooden spoon. Add the flour, walnuts, and apple.

Add the entire mixture into the prepared cake pan and make sure that the top is even and smooth. You can use the back of the wooden spoon to achieve an even surface.

Once you do that you need to take the apple slices and arrange them in a circle all over the cake. Put pieces of butter at the top and add some sugar.

You need to bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes or until it’s ready. A trick to check if your cake is ready is to insert a toothpick into the cake and if it comes out clean it is ready, if it’s sticky then the cake needs some more baking.

Once it’s done, let it cool down for around 10 minutes and then it’s ready to eat.

#3 Nuts and Dates Bites

healthy dessert for office

This is another great, healthy recipe. These are great to put in your bento box and have them on a picnic, for dessert at the office, or anywhere you want. Here’s how to make them.

Ingredients

  • dates soaked in warm water for around ten minutes and drained – 1 cup
  • dried cherries or cranberries soaked in warm water for around ten minutes and drained – ½ cup
  • raw almonds – 1 cup
  • sea salt – 1/8 teaspoon
  • raw pecans – ½ cup
  • ground ginger – ¾ teaspoon
  • ground cinnamon – ¾ teaspoon
  • toppings – raw hemp seeds, shredded raw coconut

Preparation

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture comes together.

Then with the help of your hands roll the mixture into small balls, or bite-sized shapes, and roll them into the toppings.

Put them on a tray and let them stay in the freezer for a few hours. That’s it! Enjoy!

#4 Baklava

turkish baklava recipe

Baklava is a delicious dessert that’s more complicated to make in comparison to the ones above mentioned but it’s worth every second of it.

Ingredients

  • chopped walnuts – 1 ½ pound
  • sugar – ½ cup
  • frozen phyllo dough, thawed – 2 packages (16 oz each, 14x9 – inch sheet size)
  • ground cinnamon – ½ teaspoon
  • melted butter – 1 pound
  • ground cloves – 1/8 teaspoon

For the Syrup

  • grated lemon or orange zest - 1 tablespoon
  • sugar - 2 cups
  • honey - 1 cup
  • water - 2 cups

Preparation

Take a small bowl and add the cloves, sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts, and mix well. Once done, put it aside.

Take some butter and brush a baking pan with it. Next, unroll one package of the dough and cut the stack into a 10-1/2x9-in rectangle. Do the same with the remaining dough and throw away the scraps.

You need to line the bottom of the pan with two sheets of the dough and brush with butter. You will need to repeat the layer 14 times.

One thing to remember is that you need to cover the dough with a damp towel until ready to use, so in that way you can prevent it from drying out.

Then you need to spread two cups of the walnut mixture. Add 5 layers of the dough. Keep in mind to add melted butter between each sheet.

Add the remaining walnut mixture and top it with one layer of dough and melted butter on top. Repeat this process fourteen times.

Bake it until it turns golden brown at 350°F or for around 40 to 45 minutes.

The final step is taking a large saucepan and adding all the necessary ingredients to make the syrup. Lower the heat and let it simmer for around ten minutes.

Strain and remove the zest. Once the syrup is lukewarm, it’s time to pour it over the warm baklava. Bon appétit!

Article Posted In: Nuts and Sweets

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Milena Lazova

Milena is an ESL teacher with over 7 years of experience in writing articles on her favorite topics - food and health. In her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, reading, listening to music, and walking in nature.