I used to be a full-on almond girl. Almond milk, almond butter, almond flour, almonds in my granola/trail mix/salads/wherever. I still think almonds are awesome…but recently I’ve fallen in love, like madly and deeply, with hazelnuts.
Hazelnuts are sweet, rich and a bit unexpected. They add a certain depth to a salad. Try some roasted hazelnuts with goat cheese, arugula and maybe some thinly sliced pears or rasberries – heaven!
They contain healthy fats, lots of fiber, a decent dose of protein, phytochemicals and lots of Vitamin E and B – super good for brain and heart health. Hazelnuts are rich in folate, magnesium, calcium, potassium and more. All in all, tasty and very nutritious! Nuts and seeds are a really essential component for a balanced, interesting and healthy plant-based diet.
I first fell in love with hazelnuts when I traveled to France as a 12 year old. I was pretty much eating Nutella crepes every day. Who doesn’t love Nutella. But it’s simply too dangerous to keep around the house; it’s too creamy smooth and easy to devour!
My “grown up” (and dairy-free) version of Nutella is Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. I certainly wouldn’t recommend eating it every day, but dear Lord, this is the world’s most perfect period food. It’s salty and sweet, chocolatey, full of good fat and protein so it feels you up quickly and it’s incredibly satisfying. One big spoonful totally satiates my moon cycle cravings, and in the grand scheme of things, this really isn’t that bad for you, minus the cane sugar factor. (This is when Thad would chime in to remind me that sugar is Sattvic!)
The other hazelnut decadence that has been bringing a massive smile to my face recently is using Pacific organic hazelnut milk to make my chai in the morning. The mixture of the sweet richness of hazelnut milk with the gingery spiciness of masala tea is delightful. Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day and I like to take full advantage of its wonderfulness. Hazelnut milk is key!
Last night I made this gluten-free seed and nut bread recipe using hazelnuts. It was fantastic and super easy to make. I have a feeling this is going to be a new staple in our household!
Do you have a beloved recipe or dish using these tasty little guys?
Anyways, happy Monday! Mix up your nut routine and throw in some filberts. Food should be fun, not boring!
Love and Blessings