Hazelnuts are native to the UK and well-known for their sweet taste and crumbly texture. They are the perfect addition to baking and delicious to eat raw. They are also incredible in savoury dishes such as salad, pasta, and stuffing.
Hazelnuts don’t just taste great - they are anti-inflammatory, improve digestion, decrease blood sugar and improve heart health. They contain vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and healthy fats.
Nutritional benefits of hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are lovely to eat, but it doesn’t stop there. They are rich in multiple vitamins and minerals.
Bursting with B6 - B6 contributes to brain development and is a vital vitamin to balance your nervous system and boost immunity.
Abundant in folate - Folate (or B9) improves cell turnover for youthful skin and faster hair growth. A form of folate is folic acid, which helps cell development, making it essential for healthy development during pregnancy (always consult your doctor for nutritional advice when pregnant).
Packed with magnesium- Magnesium contributes to healthy sleep, muscles and nerves. Without enough magnesium, you are at risk of type 2 diabetes, headaches and sleep issues (to name a few). So, including a handful of hazelnuts a day keeps the doctor away.
Rich in healthy fats - Healthy fats minimise inflammation, protect collagen and contribute to a great-working heart, liver and kidneys.
Good source of protein - With 14 grams of protein in just 100 grams of hazelnuts, eating them daily increases your protein intake.
Easy ways to eat hazelnuts
The naturally rich flavour of hazelnuts makes them a quick nutritional win. We’ve narrowed down several ways to eat these tasty nuts and add them to your diet.
Make hazelnut desserts - Hazelnuts go wonderfully with a multitude of desserts. Cheesecake, brownies, ice cream, cake - the list is endless.
Snack-on yoghurt-coated hazelnuts - The creamy texture of yoghurt over smooth hazelnuts makes a delicious treat.
Eat them raw - Hazelnuts taste so great that you don’t need to add them to anything. Have them as a healthy snack or a pick-me-up while on the go.
Try hazelnut butter - Hazelnut butter goes wonderfully on toast. Alternatively, you can pop a spoonful in a smoothie for natural sweetness.
Switch to hazelnut milk - The vegan-friendly option gives drinks a new spin - experiment with hazelnut milk in your coffee or make hazelnut milk hot chocolate.
Eat toasted hazelnuts - Nothing makes for a better autumn treat than toasted hazelnuts. You can also fry them for a different flavour.
Hazelnuts are too delicious to miss out on. Have a browse of our raw, roasted and yoghurt-coated hazelnuts below.