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Five nuts and kernels that should not be missing in your kitchen - including recipe ideas!

Healthy nuts and kernels for the kitchen: My five favorite nuts for cooking and baking, including recipe ideas. Here you can find out which nuts I particularly like to use and why they are so healthy.

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If you look at my pantry, you'll find one thing above all else: a multitude of different nuts, seeds and kernels. I just love cooking and baking with them and I think there are so many ways to use the nuts. That is why I have put together five different healthy nuts and their uses including recipe ideas for you today.

Healthy nuts are not only delicious, they are wonderfully versatile

Did you know that when you look at it carefully, nuts can only be called that when the three layers of the pericarp are lignified? This means that three of my five favorite nuts are botanically not nuts at all. These are the kernels of various stone fruits. But let's leave 5 straight here - colloquially, most people also place almonds, cashews and coconuts among the nut varieties - or not? ;) And so to the actual topic of this article: How you can use healthy nuts for cooking and baking and what makes them so healthy.

1. Almonds

I always have almonds in my house. Whether as whole almonds, blanched, sliced ​​or ground - almonds can be used in a variety of ways and are also healthy. Because almonds contain a lot of healthy fats and are a good source of magnesium, which is good for our muscle function. Almonds also contain calcium and vitamin E, which, as an antioxidant, can protect our cells from free radicals.

If, like me, you bake a lot of gluten-free, you probably also regularly use ground almonds, because this makes cakes wonderfully juicy. Try my gluten-free apricot cake! This sponge cake is prepared in a flash and also works wonderfully with apples, for example. But I can no longer imagine my everyday life without almond butter and almond milk - by the way, I will explain how you make almond milk yourself here.

2. Cashews

Strictly speaking, cashews aren't nuts, but kernels, but for me they definitely belong in the pantry. Cashew nuts also contain many healthy unsaturated fatty acids that support your cardiovascular system. Magnesium and phosphorus ensure good nerve and muscle function and healthy teeth and bones.

I find normal cashews a bit boring. But: they flourish in desserts - and vegan kitchens cannot be imagined without them. And: Soups are wonderfully creamy with it - you should definitely try my super fluffy cauliflower soup!

The Swiss company gebana has a whole range of cashew products: In addition to whole cashews, cashew curd and wonderfully creamy cashew butter, there are roasted cashews refined with various spice mixtures. There are also cashew apples! Did you know that cashews grow on a fruit and that you can eat it? It was new territory for me when I tried the dried cashew apples for the first time.

Gebana organic cashews come from their subsidiary in Burkina Faso: it takes five days from harvest to ready-to-eat cashews. During these five days, the kernels are sorted, boiled, peeled, dried, peeled, sorted again and packaged. There is manual labor in each of these steps. You can read more about processing cashews on the gebana blog.

3. coconut

Most nut allergy sufferers tolerate coconut very well. Although coconuts contain a lot of fat, they also contain many different minerals such as potassium, sodium and iron. Another plus point: Coconuts also contain a relatively high amount of fiber, which can aid your digestion. And personally I love coconut! When I make granola myself, coconut strips and grated coconut are an absolute must. They ensure the right consistency without unnecessarily high levels of carbohydrates.

Try my wonderfully spicy, vegan butternut pumpkin soup with smoked salt and curry. I can also recommend my coconut delicacies on the blog: I love my vegan Raffaello pralines and Bounty chocolate bars - homemade of course!

But coconut strips also taste great on their own: The organic coconut strips from gebana come from Ghana, where coconuts are opened by hand with a machete, released, cut into thin strips and gently dried at 45 degrees. Due to the relatively low temperature, a lot of the aromatic coconut oil remains in the strips. So good!

4. Walnut

Walnuts are not only good as a healthy afternoon snack (the walnut halves look like mini-brains for a reason), but also great in salads - my fresh celery salad with roasted nuts & Roquefort is particularly delicious. The walnut is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids - great for your cardiovascular system. And with zinc, you can also do something good for your immune system with walnuts. And at least it feels like almost all of us know someone with a walnut tree in their garden.

In autumn you can also bake with walnuts. Check out my recipe for super fluffy, gluten-free banana muffins with walnuts and cinnamon. And if you ever get bored of walnuts, I can only warmly recommend the American sister, the pecan. I LOVE this nut straight or dipped in chocolate as a snack.

5. Hazelnut

Last but not least, a regional classic: the hazelnut. Just yesterday I was talking to my mother-in-law about hazelnuts and she said she doesn't like them that much. My guess: she has not yet tried it roasted! Roasted hazelnuts (preferably also peeled) taste incredibly delicious and not bitter at all. Try my chicory boat with curry chicken salad and roasted hazelnuts or my gluten-free Swabian Träubleskuchen.

The hazelnut also scores with good ingredients: Hazelnuts contain various B vitamins and a lot of calcium, which is good for your bones and teeth. Above all, hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E - just one serving (25 g) covers more than half of our daily requirement.

Order nuts and Co. directly from the country of origin at gebana

I love nuts. Pure for snacking and as part of my colorful recipes. Accordingly, these five nuts are just my absolute basics - I also love Brazil nuts, for example (preferably pure for snacking).

In addition to whole and ground nuts, I always have several types of nut butter in the house: tahini, cashew, coconut, almond, hazelnut and peanut butter. And since I've known gebana roasted macadamia mousse, I've had a new favorite. It's an investment in terms of price, but something delicious! And that brings us straight to my nut product tip: Because I personally get my nuts from gebana and can only warmly recommend that you try the products.

gebana's company philosophy and quality inspire

The quality is amazing and I am totally convinced of the company philosophy! gebana has the vision to change the rules of the game: “We want more sustainability, more justice and more quality at affordable prices. To do this, we are changing the rules of the game: We act differently, you shop differently. " Accordingly, large packs of nuts or dried fruit are sold directly from the country of origin, which is more efficient and, in addition to unnecessarily long transport routes, also saves waste. The nuts usually come in 1 kg or 500 g bags - that's not as much as it sounds at all.

Storage tip for nuts

Nuts keep best if you keep them cool, dark and, above all, protected from moisture. At storage temperatures below 16 degrees Celsius, pests such as moths have no chance. Nuts can therefore also be stored in the refrigerator or cellar without any problems. For me, the nuts end up in large swing glasses and I can handle them very well! In airtight containers, they are protected against moisture and stay fresh longer.

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