The answer to the above question is a resounding ‘yes’. However, before we discuss how you can combine cherries and hazelnuts, let us talk about why you should be adding hazelnuts to your diet.
Advantages of Hazelnuts:
1. Assisting with regular bowel motions
Dietary fiber is abundant in hazelnuts. Fiber-rich foods promote regular bowel motions and help prevent constipation. In the United States, dietary standards indicate that females aged 31 to 50 consume 25.2 grams of dietary fiber per day. 30.8 grams of fiber per day is recommended for men in the same age group. Hazelnuts have roughly 2.7 g of dietary fiber every 28 g dose.
2. Obesity reduction
Nuts may help people put on less weight, according to recent studies. Nut eating was linked to less weight gain along with a reduced obesity risk, in a 2018 study. Participants in the study who consumed a greater amount of nuts had a lesser chance of gaining weights compared to those participants who either did not eat nuts or ate them in low amounts.
3. Defending cells from injury
Antioxidants are chemicals that protect cells from oxidation, and these antioxidants are abundant in hazelnuts. They minimize the amount of free radical damage to cells. Vitamin E is one of the most beneficial antioxidants, and is found in hazelnuts. According to certain studies, vitamin E might assist in protecting the body from cancer-related cell damage.
4. Cholesterol reduction
Hazelnuts might assist in lowering cholesterol levels. A diet rich in hazelnuts was found to lower participants’ levels of LDL cholesterol in a 2013 study. This form of cholesterol has been linked to an increased chance of heart disease. According to the researchers, eating hazelnuts every day, while keeping the caloric intake constant, was the best approach to receive the health benefits of hazelnuts. According to the findings of a review conducted in 2016, hazelnuts may help lower dangerous cholesterol levels. There was also no change in the subjects’ body weight, according to the researchers. This may allay some fears that consuming the high-calorie nuts will lead to an increase in weight.
5. Improvement in insulin sensitivity
It’s possible that adding hazelnuts to your overall nut mix reduces your insulin sensitivity. According to a mini study conducted in 2011, eating a 30-gram nut mix including 7.5 grams of hazelnuts on a daily basis for 12 weeks enhanced participants’ insulin sensitivity. The higher the insulin sensitivity, the lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
6. Taking care of your heart
Hazelnuts may aid in the maintenance of a fit and healthy heart. According to a study conducted in 2013, consuming a diet high in hazelnuts can enhance cardiovascular risk indicators, potentially reducing the probability of heart disease.
Dishes that You Can Prepare Using Cherries and Hazelnuts:
Cake with Hazelnuts and Cherries:
- 150 g butter, peeled and sliced into small cubes
- 150 g sugar (caster)
- 1 lemon, finely zested
- 3 eggs
- 150 g flour (self-rising)
- 50 gallons of almond meal
- 80 g hazelnuts, peeled and roasted, smashed into 2–3 pieces
- 30 big pitted cherries
- 2 tbsp sugar (caster) for dusting
- 2 tbsp apricot jam, smooth
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- For this, you’ll need a 22 cm lift-out cake tin that’s been well-buttered and floured.
- Cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest together for a few minutes using an electric mixer.
- Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Then whisk in the self-raising flour, almond meal, and roasted hazelnut bits on low speed until barely combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin and smooth down the top. Place the pitted cherries on top, keeping them approximately 1 cm away from the sides of the tin and pressing them into the mixture about 12 cm down. Extra caster sugar should be sprinkled on top.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven until the cake is done.
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before turning it out carefully. Brush the reheated jam over the top of the cake and set aside to cool before serving.
- It’s delicious with ice cream or cream.
Caramel Clusters with Cherries and Hazelnuts:
- 4 oz. white chocolate (chopped) or white chocolate baking squares
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
- 12 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts) or almonds
- 13 cup tart red dried cherries or cranberries
- 12 unwrapped vanilla caramels
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Using foil and a baking pan, set aside the baking sheet and butter the foil.
- Melt white chocolate and shortening in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring regularly until smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and add the hazelnuts and cherries.
- Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to firm up somewhat. Drop by the rounded tablespoon onto the baking sheet that has been prepared.
- Combine caramels and butter in a small heavy saucepan.
- Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until the cheese has melted and smoothed out (if the mixture is too thick to drizzle, stir in 2 teaspoons hot water).
- Take the pan off the heat and drizzle over the candy clusters.
- Allow to sit for 1 hour or until firm.
- Keep securely wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- This recipe makes 18 servings.
To sum up, we hope that this blog will help convince you about the many health benefits of hazelnuts – especially after you learn about the delicious ways that you can combine the nut with cherries.