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I have some of a bunch of nuts and such. What to do?

I've got a handful of pecans, a handful and a half of almonds, a handful of walnuts...and a big ol' bag of sunflower seeds.

I do have stuff to make a trail mix--coconut flakes, raisins, mini chocolate chips. I was wondering, are there recipes that include various types of nuts?

First thing I can think of is a cake...but I actually don't recall hearing of a cake like that haha

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    1. re: MrsPatmore

      I made that nut brittle for Christmas and it was excellent.

    2. Mix into chocolate chip cookie dough or brownie batter, or both....

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      1. re: Springhaze2

        The obvious escaped me! This would be good!

      2. You know, nuts on their own are pretty good. As is.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            That's true, however, the OP asked: "are there recipes that include various types of nuts?" So telling him that nuts taste good all by themselves is not responsive.

            1. re: MrsPatmore

              You want recipe? I'll give you recipe.

              1. Take nuts. Whatever kind you have on hand.
              2. Mix
              3. Eat.
              4. Repeat Step 3 as necessary.

          2. Sounds like you have granola makings! I make this recipe constantly- but i omit the buckwheat groats and do 1 1/3 cups oats and 1cup quinoa. Just swap in the nuts/seeds you have on hand. The coconut oil is a key ingredient though, so don't skip that.

            You could also make nut butter if you have a food processor- it's really delicious. I like the roasted flavor so i toast the nuts first- and its perfect for odds and ends of nuts. I would make nut butter with all the nuts and then stir in the sunflower seeds at the end for some crunch. This is a good guide:

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              That granola recipe sounds great and I happen to have a lot of the ingredients on hand. Like the idea of switching out more oats and quinoa for the buckwheat groats. Thanks for posting the recipe and suggestions, Ttrockwood

            2. I used Alton Brown's recipe for granola as a base for Christmas gifts, with alterations that included a variety of chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts). The recipe calls for coconut, and I also added a bunch of chopped dried fruit (blueberries, cranberries, cherries and apricots). Everything else I did as directed.

              I got raves back from the family, including appeals to "please never make this again, I cannot stop shoveling it in my face" from my carb-avoiding sister. :) It was fun to just throw ingredients into a bowl and have it come out so well!

              1. A handful of chopped mixed nuts is great in chicken salad.

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                1. re: weezieduzzit

                  I actually found a great use for the sunflower seeds, similar to your suggestion. 1/2 a cup of sunflower seeds were in the recipe for Isa Chandra's Chicky Tuna Salad (chickpea salad) and I had everything for it: chickpeas, carrots, the exact amount of onion, celery, mayonnaise...I love when I have all the ingredients for a new recipe on hand! And it uses up a lot of those sunflower seeds!

                  1. re: adenhailemariam

                    Oh! I love that recipe! I used to make it all the time but haven't lately......

                2. Toasted nuts and fresh fruit with oatmeal is superb. I like banana and walnut.

                  1. For a savory idea, nuts are great in a pilaf: rice, bulgar or any grain, really. Toast them first.

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                    1. Frying spices in oil and then toasting nuts in that oil is pretty simple, tastes good, and offers a wide variety of choices.

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                      1. re: lamb_da_calculus

                        yes to this.. and you can add spices as well, such as curry, or smoked salt or chili

                        also, mixed nuts on or in a whole grain loaf is a nice thing

                      2. I wonder how well they'd blend into a nut butter.... Then I'd use that to make cookies. :)

                        1. All great ideas here. Or, melt some great dark chocolate and coat the nuts in it.

                          1. i'd candy the almonds and the pecans and make a salad using the candied AND the uncandied nuts and seed over a base of baby lettuce, cut up fruit (pears/strawberries), crumbled blue cheese, and a raspberry vinaigrette.

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                            1. Another savory use, in addition to adding them to salads and pilafs: toast and chop some and toss with roasted, steamed, or sautéed vegetables (think green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.) along with a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of sherry vinegar.

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                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                i loved green beans almondine growing up. i think it is time to make some this weekend!

                              2. Greek desserts come to mind!
                                Everything but the sunflower seeds could be chopped and used in baklava or a ravani cake, this cake uses all the nuts you mentioned: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/des...

                                As for the sunflower seeds I would make a bread, this one looks delicious: http://darbyoshea.wordpress.com/2011/...

                                1. There are cakes from just about every European cuisine based on ground nuts, beaten eggs (sometimes separated) and sugar, with flavoring and maybe some flour. In my experience it's safe to play around with the type of nut in these recipes since they're all pretty similar (basically they're all a version of what bakers call a genoise)
                                  I don't know about the sunflower seeds, though.

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                                  1. nut brittle
                                    nut brittle with dried cranberries
                                    nutty caramel popcorn, drizzled with chocolate
                                    any nut cookies -- with chocolate chips.
                                    pecan sandies cookies -- with mixed nuts
                                    i'd make carrot cake cupcakes with mixed nuts in the batter and in the frosting…but really, you don't have many nuts at all.

                                    nuts are easy to mix or sub for one another in any recipes. sunflower seeds are a bit different.

                                    sunflower seeds go on my salads.

                                    almonds are good in a persian pilaf..or on top of indian murgh makhani

                                    i love nuts and always have them in the house.

                                    1. I like to grind them in the food processor with some chili powder and use them to make a cheese ball or cheese log.

                                      A block of cream cheese mixed with cheddar or any other flavourful cheese is so yummy! (Roll the shaped cheese log in the ground nut mixture.)

                                      1. Eat the sunflower seeds as is (as an appetizer).

                                        Walnuts and Almonds:
                                        Dip small chicken breast chunks in bread crumbs and fry until white in the middle.
                                        Add pineapple chunks. Toss.
                                        Add a cup of broth, 3 tbl of soy sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil and some chopped green onions.
                                        Add your walnuts and almonds (chopped).
                                        Cook for about 2 minutes.

                                        For dessert: mix chopped pecans with brown sugar and sprinkle over sweet potatoes or apple chunks and bake.

                                        1. So many good ideas here, thank you!