Author Jodi Picoult once said “there are moments that open up your life like a walnut cracked, that change your point of view so that you never look at things the same way again.” While we can’t promise that this recipe roundup will be as life altering as Picoult describes, it may just change your point of view on this pantry staple! Walnuts are surprisingly versatile and you’ll find sweet recipes like dark chocolate walnut blondies and sticky walnut buns, as well as savory recipes such as roasted cauliflower walnut dip and sagey mushroom walnut roast. Which will you make for National Walnut Day?

Sweet

1. Sticky Walnut Buns from Lil’ Luna

From the website: “Cinnamon Walnut Sticky Buns – a twist on traditional cinnamon rolls, these sticky buns are finger lickin’ good!! With a delicious cinnamon filling and topped with a honey, brown sugar, and walnut glaze… SO GOOD!”

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2. Dark Chocolate Walnut Blondies from Barefeet in the Kitchen

From the website: “When you combine the texture of a brownie with the deep flavors of the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, you get these Dark Chocolate Walnut Blondies, a rich and chewy treat that everyone loves.”

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3. Maple Walnut Pie from Saving Room for Dessert

From the website: “The deliciously creamy, slightly sweet filling covered with a crunchy, nutty top, all wrapped up in a flaky crust. This pie is absolutely delicious! The walnut flavor really shines through and is enhanced by the simple maple filling.”

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4. Banana Walnut Cake with Caramel Frosting from The View from Great Island

From the website: “I have a lot of recipes under my belt at this point, and I can confidently say that this is one of the best. The subtle caramel icing complements the rich banana cake perfectly. Don’t forget the walnuts, they add that special touch.”

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Savory

5. Walnut Crusted Chicken with Chipotle Honey from My Casual Pantry

From the website: “Chicken is frequently on the dinner menu in our house, and chicken tenders are always a favorite.  These honey walnut chicken tenders are a winner… with a crispy walnut crust and chipotle honey for dipping.  This chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy, and nutty – all in one bite.”

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6. Sagey Mushroom Walnut Roast from Feasting at Home

From the website: “With more and more people turning to plant-based meals I thought I’d share a recipe for a delicious meatless main . . .  It’s hearty, filling and full of earthy, umami flavor.  Make sure to serve it with your favorite gravy.”

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7. Beet Walnut Salad from Running on Real Food

From the website: “This bright and beautiful Summer salad features nutrient-packed veggies like beet, carrot and purple cabbage. The crunchy walnuts and sweet raisins add texture and the perfect amount of sweetness.”

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8. Roasted Cauliflower Walnut Dip from Dishing Out Health

From the website: “Move over, hummus, there’s a new creamy dip in town. This Cauliflower and Walnut Dip is equal parts nutritious and delicious. It’s made with fibrous veggies, heart-healthy walnuts, fresh lemon juices, and warm spices. It’s also super versatile in terms of serving–enjoy as a dip, sandwich spread, or creamy garnish on a grain bowl.”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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