A few weeks ago I was sent a jar of California Walnuts. I really like the mild nutty flavour of walnuts, but I don’t often think to buy loose nuts when I go to the supermarket; I’m a self-confessed nutbutter-a-holic, so I usually stock up on that instead. I am guessing that most people who read my blog also often choose nut butters over whole nuts, so I wanted to use this post to talk about

  • the health benefits of walnuts,
  • how to store them,
  • a recipe for a tasty chocolately snack you can make with them!

(F.Y.I. You can make your own nut butter with walnuts if you’re THAT into nut butter. Plus check out this recipe for chocolate walnut spread by my friend Eli).

jar of walnuts

 

Health Benefits of Walnuts.

I recently learned from BANT registered Nutritional Therapist, Lucy Kay, that (approximately) 4 walnuts contains your recommended daily allowance of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). ALA is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, which is important for our cell membranes, nervous and brain tissues. Since learning this I am  going to be adding more walnuts into my diet. I find it’s easy to eat a handful of walnuts, whereas it’s a bit more awkward to eat other sources of ALA, such as ground flax or chia seeds, if I don’t have oatmeal to add it to in the morning.

Walnuts are also rich in unsaturated fats, low in sugar and a source of fibre. Plus, they contain vitamins and minerals such as B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate), magnesium, phosphorus and copper. If you’re interested, there is a lot more information about the health benefits of walnuts on the California Walnuts website, along with a list of references to support their claims.

 

How to Store Walnuts.

I usually store whole nuts in a Tupperware container in the cupboard. But apparently, if you want to keep them fresh, it’s best to keep them in an air tight container in the fridge! Did you know that?

 

Chocolate Orange Covered Walnuts

I wanted make my walnuts extra exciting, so I decided to cover them in chocolate! This recipe was super easy and took less than 45 minutes to make from start to finish (and most of that time is waiting for the chocolate to set)!

Chocolate walnuts in  row

Literally all you have to do is to melt about 70g of chocolate (I used 85% Dark) in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add in a couple of drops of natural orange oil (I used ‘wild orange’ from doterra), then add in 20 walnut halves. Carefully stir in the walnuts until they are all covered in chocolate, then transfer them to a plate (optional: cover it in baking paper before you put the nuts on) and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

chocolate orange and walnuts

Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂

Do you like informational posts like this?

I love to work with different brands, especially if they are plant-based and something I eat anyway. However, I don’t want to come across as too ‘salesy’ or put too many collaborations on my blog.

That said – I did receive a goodie box from California Walnuts in exchange for this post, which included a gorgeous bowl from Anthropolgie and a book about self-care <3

20 Comments

  1. hwood83

    I love this sort of food well in to it as walnuts can be so good for you too, and with chocolate orange yes please 🙂

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  2. micaelalevachyov

    Nuts are a great go to for healthy snacks! More people should eat them.

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  3. Sarah Bailey

    OK I need to these these, what a delicious idea, I can imagine my Dad loving chocolate orange walnuts so I may have to share this idea with him!

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  4. ana (@Faded_Spring)

    It was so interesting to discover that 4 walnuts contains your recommended daily allowance of alpha-linoleic acid and after seeing your chocolate covered walnuts, I want to know, where can I sign up? Haha.

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  5. rhianwestbury

    I don’t actually think I’ve ever had walnuts before, although I love cashews and peanuts so it’s not a nut thing I don’t like x

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  6. Katharine

    These look so delicious Rachel! I need to make a batch of these

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  7. Joanna Bayford

    Love the sound of these what a delicious idea!

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  8. MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    I love walnuts, I bag large bags of them and other nuts quite often. The chocolate orange walnut recipe is a great idea I bet they were very yummy.

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  9. Yeah Lifestyle

    I love eating nuts, infact the whole family does. I also use a lot of walnuts in baking such as banana cakes or brownies but never dipped them in chocolate and your photo looks super amazing! I can’t wait to try it myself x

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    • Heathy & Psyched

      Oooh yes- walnuts in banana bread are so yummy as well. I made some brownies with cherries and walnuts for this post, but then I forgot to write down how much flour I put in – so I had to quickly make these chocolate nuts instead!!!

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  10. Mamas Travel Tribe

    I literally love love love walnuts! They’re my favourite nut for sure.

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  11. Anosa

    I rarely eat walnuts except when there in things but I certainly did not know about how to store them nor the health benefits

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  12. dearmummyblog

    Never thought about chocolate covered walnuts, only have had them in salads with apples. Nice twist x

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  13. dannii2013

    We love california walnuts and I love the idea of dipping them in chocolate. YUM!

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  14. Charli Bruce

    Walnuts are one of my favourite nuts, we always have them in the house. I absolutely love the sound of chocolate orange covered walnuts though x

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  15. Sarah Ann

    I love walnuts and find myself snacking on them a lot or throwing them in salads. Never tried chocolate covered walnuts but they sound delicious.

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  16. Joanna

    I do love walnuts, even if I don’t eat them raw that often. I do like to use them in different recipes, especially when making Eastern European desserts.

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  17. fivelittledoves (@fivelittledove5)

    Nuts are such a great thing to snack on, I am terrible for snacking on chocolate and I really do need to make an effort to eat more nuts!

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  18. AlwaysCarryOn.com

    Walnuts are one of my favourite type of nuts – they’re bitter and leave a strange aftertaste, but are strangely addictive lol, once I start eating them I can’t stop! X

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  19. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Walnut are my favorite. We always habe in our house and in my room LOL!! and these walnut covered with chocolate looks really tempting.

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