Four Sweet Walnut Treats

In 1958 President Eisenhower made May 17 National Walnut Day. He signed it into law after a Senate resolution. Usually, when we celebrate obscure holidays, we don’t know their origins or they were established by small organizations. This one is recognized by the government!

We love nuts as they are packed with healthy fats and tons of protein. They are an excellent source of nutrients. They can help you lose weight as their protein keeps you full longer. But paying attention to serving size is essential as they are high in calories.

To celebrate National Walnut Day, we are sharing four recipes for delicious walnut treats. These recipes are all under 200 calories per serving, low in carbs and have fewer than 20 grams of fat. For a snack or dessert, these are perfect ways to treat yourself!

Healthy Dolci di Noci


This is an amazing, healthier take on the classic Italian walnut cookie. This recipe contains just four ingredients and is sugar-free. You’ll be transported to the Italian countryside with just one bite! They are so crunchy, and walnuts shine in these cookies. They are perfect when paired with coffee. A serving has 75 calories, 1.5 grams of carbs, 0.7 grams of fiber and 7.5 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Egg Yolk Walnut Cookies


If you are looking for a soft cookie with a tender bit instead of a crunch, this is the one for you. So many recipes call for just egg whites. When you are left with egg yolks, it’s time to make a batch of these chewy, yummy walnut cookies. They are so easy to make and forgiving — it’s a hard recipe to mess up. That’s nice, as not all of us are master bakers! A serving has 134 calories, four grams of carbs, two grams of fiber and 12 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Walnut Brownies


The only thing better than brownies is brownies that take 15 minutes to make. The longest part of this recipe will be preheating your oven. You just mix everything into one bowl and then bake it, being careful not to overbake it. You may also want to try a taste of the batter before baking. People’s preferences for sweetness can vary wildly. While this is a well-reviewed recipe, some people think it’s bitter and may want to add more sweetener before putting it in the oven. A serving has 149 calories, four grams of carbs, two grams of fiber and 14 grams of fat. Get the recipe.  

Walnut Bread


This bread is chewy and nutty and is wonderful on a cheeseboard. Packed with nuts, it feels like an artisanal treat. You can also slice and toast it for breakfast. But it really is best when paired with cheese. You don’t need a special bread pan to bake this. You form the loaf, and it cooks on a baking tray. A serving has 188 calories, 7.3 grams of carbs, 4.3 grams of fiber and 16 grams of fat. Get the recipe.  

We hope that these recipes help you celebrate walnuts all year round. They are all nutritious, delicious ways to enjoy the nut!

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