New Recipe: 10 Wonderful Walnut-Based Vegan Recipes

Walnuts are a pretty common nut that is found in all kinds of recipes from muffins to granola.  They show up in trail mixes, candy bars and can be heard being cracked open around the holidays.

There is good reason to pay a little more attention to this nut and try a little harder to use them in your diet, not just when you are on a hike or just grabbing a muffin from the local coffee shop.

One-quarter of a cup of raw walnuts provides a whopping 95% DV (daily value) of Omega-3, 43% DV of Manganese, 20% DV of Copper, 10% DV of Magnesium, 9% DV of Phosphorus, and 6% DV of Folate.

What’s more, walnuts are high in antioxidants, can help with inflammation, and promote healthy gut bacteria.  Let’s get some more walnuts onto our plates and into our stomachs with these wonderful walnut recipes by OGP.

1. Spicy Mushroom and Walnut Bolognese

Spicy Mushroom and Walnut Bolognese

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Rita Parente and Andre Nogueira‘s Spicy Mushroom and Walnut Bolognese is the perfect dinner when you are pushed for time.  Even better, it is a great recipe to make in bulk and freeze for times when things are hectic.  The walnuts and cremini mushrooms provided all the ‘meaty’ bite and texture you could ever want in a bolognese sauce.

2. Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto

Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto

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Here we have another sweet and simple pasta dish for an elegant but easy dinner. Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto by Dan Waters takes Morrocan-spiced veggies and a spinach and walnut pesto to make a beautiful spaghetti dish. Serve this with a handful of fresh arugula leaves to add flavor and color.

3. Date and Walnut Banana Bread

Date and Walnut Banana Bread

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With such classic flavor combinations, this recipe for Date and Walnut Banana Bread by Hayley Canning has to be a winner.  This loaf is perfectly sweet and would make a healthy and hearty breakfast.  Cut yourself a slice and eat it just as is or warm it up a little for a comforting bite. This is also a gluten-free recipe that requires no refined sugar.

4. Chocolate Pear Cake

Chocolate Pear Cake

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This Chocolate Pear Cake by Fleur Droog is chocolaty and fudge and makes a naughty little treat.  It is made with wheat and almond flour and is sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup. Serve a slice with a smearing of almond butter and a smattering of crushed walnuts.

5. Coconut Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chewey and soft in the middle and crunchy on the outside is all we ask for in a cookie.  Well, this recipe for Coconut Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies by Taavi Moore will give you just that.  The chunks of walnut and chocolate chips give you that bite and texture you need. Whip up a batch of these chocolaty treats in no time.

6. Crumble Cake with Grapes and Walnuts

Crumble Cake with Grapes and Walnuts

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This Crumble Cake with Grapes and Walnuts by Melanie Kröpfl makes a warm and comforting dessert for the colder months to come.  You have a crumbly shortcrust pastry filled with juicy grapes and topped with crunchy walnuts.  It’s a beautiful medley of tastes and textures.

7. Fudge Walnut Brownies

Fudge Walnut Brownies

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Walnuts and brownies have always gone hand in hand. This recipe for Fudge Walnut Brownies by Crissy Cavanaugh will not leave you disappointed.  They are made with a chickpea and peanut butter base giving the result super protein powers.  The brownies are sweetened with maple syrup and are dotted with chocolate chips as well as walnuts.

8. Banana Walnut Muffins with a Maple Glaze

Banana Walnut Muffins with a Maple Glaze

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These Banana Walnut Muffins with a Maple Glaze by Sarah Ottino won’t last long in your house, so make sure you get a look in before the others find them.  These muffins are light and fluffy, and the maple glaze is just like icing. You can even get creative with the types of nuts and dried fruits that you include in your recipe—try dried cranberries, chocolate chips of crushed pecans.

9. Gluten-Free Walnut Yogurt Cake

Gluten-Free Walnut Yogurt Cake

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This Gluten-Free Walnut Yogurt Cake by Mitra Shirmohammadi is an absolute picture.  It has plenty of wholesome and healthy ingredients from chia seeds, buckwheat flour, and, of course, walnuts.  For an added delicious bonus, you can make some tahini caramel sauce made from tahini and maple syrup to drizzle on top.  Decorate with a few more walnuts.

10. Walnut and Fig Slices

Walnut and Fig Slices

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What a stunning dish!  The colors and textures make these Walnut and Fig Slices by Maja Brekalo a work of art.  These slices come with a walnut and fig base and a rich and creamy cashew filling that is flavored with cinnamon and lemon zest and sweetened with agave syrup.  The slices are then adorned with more sliced figs.  Just beautiful.

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