The perfect snack and lower in fat than some other nuts, Hazelnuts are rich in Vitamin E and magnesium and can be used in so many recipes from cakes and chocolate and to nut milks.
Hazelnuts are used worldwide in numerous recipes. They grow on a tree from the same name and mainly in the US, Turkey and Italy. Hazelnuts are most famously known for their use in confectionary and chocolate such as praline, chocolate truffles or Nutella. The delicious flavor of the hazelnut is also popularly added to coffee and liqueurs and the oil from the nut can be used for cooking.
They are packed with good nutrition. One cup of hazelnuts contains 86% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E. Vitamin E has been proven to protect skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, such as skin cancer and premature aging.
They are also very high in Vitamin B6 which is good for the nervous system, magnesium, which is a common nutrient deficiency and essential for heart health and relaxing the muscles. Magnesium also plays an important role in regulating the amount of calcium that goes into and out of the cells of the body. The proper amount of calcium at the proper time encourages muscle contraction, and allows the muscles to relax when they're not needed. This avoids muscle tension, soreness, spasm, cramps and fatigue. According to one Italian study, higher magnesium levels also increased the strength of the muscles.
Hazelnuts are rich in other B vitamins including B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 and B9 (folic acid). We rely on the B vitamins to dismantle proteins, fats and carbohydrates, thereby providing us with the energy we need to function. The B vitamin complex is used throughout the body, particularly for the health of nervous system. The B vitamins prevent stress, anxiety and depression. They also improve the memory and are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. B9 aids hormone synthesis and riboflavin is necessary for healthy red blood cells. Niacin improves skin health ensures the normal function of the digestive and nervous systems. Some B vitamins help build and repair damaged DNA.
Hazelnuts have a distinctive flavour. They work well in sweet and savory dishes and can be made into nut milk or nut butter. They work well sprinkled on cereal, yoghurt, in chocolates and on ice cream. Nutella is the well known spread using hazelnuts, so we made a raw vegan guilt free version. Heaven!! See our recipe page to make this at home.
As with all nuts avoid them if you have an allergy.