They provide protein, fibre, unsaturated fats and LOADS of other vitamins and minerals, and if that isn’t enough to get you popping them in your mouth, then here are . . .
4 Reasons to Start Enjoying Hazelnuts
Heart Health |Aside from being a great source of fibre, these nuts contain a large amount of monounsaturated fatty acids – helping reduce LDL cholesterol (bad) and increase HDL cholesterol (good) in our body
Inflammation | Helping reduce inflammation in our body due to their rich source of vitamin E
Metabolism| A wonderful metabolism booster due to thiamine (vitamin B1), playing a major part in converting carbs into energy. The protein, fibre and fat composition of hazelnuts also provides a feeling of fullness, preventing us from overeating and keeping us satisfied for longer
Skin and Hair | The vitamin E in hazelnuts can help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails by improving moisture and elasticity
Simple Hazelnut Cookies
Makes approx. 10
1 ½ cups hazelnut meal | ¼ tsp baking powder | pinch of sea salt | 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted | 1 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice | handful of hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Preheat your oven to 180D (160D fan-forced) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the hazelnut meal, baking powder, salt, sweetener and most of the roughly chopped hazelnuts (reserving a few to decorate the top of your cookies). Add in the coconut oil a little at a time, until the mixture is damp and holds together (it shouldn’t fall apart when you roll a ball, and it shouldn’t be too damp that it doesn’t hold its shape). Roll tbsp sized balls of dough and place onto the baking sheet, pressing down slightly. Place the extra chopped hazelnuts on top for decoration and bake in the oven for approx. 10-13 minutes, or until golden.
NOTE: Feel free to replace some or all of the Hazelnut meal with almond meal, if this is all you have in stock.
Looking for some more hazelnut inspiration ….. perhaps my Hazelnut + Pumpkin Muffins are what you need in your life!