Healthier baked treats to enjoy this National Baking Week

If The Great British Bake Off isn’t enough of an inspiration to get creative in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up some tasty ideas for you to whip up. These delicious healthier baked treats offer the unique nutritional benefits of California Walnuts, as well as tasting great of course!

From a flavour perspective, walnuts offer versatility, complementing chocolate, vanilla and many fruits, as well as spicy and savoury flavours.  Walnuts also have a perfect bite, being neither too hard nor too soft, whether you’re using walnut halves, roughly chopped, finely chopped and / or ground walnuts.  So why not make them your nut of choice for baking.

California Walnuts also offer nutrition and health benefits, making them a great ingredient for delicious treats, that are that little bit healthier!

  • Natural: The walnut is the oldest tree food known to mankind, making it one of the first wholefoods!
  • Omega 3 ALA: Walnuts are the only tree nut to contain a rich source of the plant-based omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), 2.7g/ 30g*
  • Protein and fibre: One handful of walnuts offers 4.4g of protein and 1.4g of fibre[1]
  • Heart, brain, and gut health benefits: Over 30 years of research suggests that California Walnuts may also offer benefits for heart health, cognitive health, gut health and more

Here’s three healthier baking recipe ideas for you to enjoy at home.

Chocolate Orange Walnut Flapjacks by Luce Hosier

Combining the delicious flavours of chocolate, orange and walnuts, these flapjacks are a must-try! Once baked, decorate with melted chocolate, orange zest and California Walnut pieces for extra crunch!

Walnut Tea Loaf

This tasty tea loaf uses earl grey tea bags combined with a handful of California Walnuts for a deliciously yummy teatime treat.

Walnut and Banana Breakfast Traybake by Luce Hosier

Start the day the walnut way with this Walnut and Banana Breakfast Traybake. Dairy-free and totally delicious, this bake is worth getting out of bed for.

A top tip for bakers: To keep your walnuts fresh, store them in the fridge! And, of course, always look out for Produce of USA or California on pack to ensure that you are choosing walnuts that have a delicious mild, creamy and sweet flavour.

[1] Food Standards Agency (2002), McCance & Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods, Seventh summary edition. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry