How to Use Nuts in Desserts

Nuts in desserts make an interesting addition from both a taste and texture point of view. If you enjoy nuts, exploring the world of nut-based desserts can be a real joy.


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    Use nuts as toppings and fillings for puddings, crumbles and dessert cakes. For a topping, add a glaze and it's really something special that can be served up at a dinner party. Some ideas for puddings include:
    • Choco nut pudding
    • Baked apple and almond pudding
    • Black walnut and sweet potato pudding
    • Rocky road pudding.
    • And see How to make cherry nut topping.
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    Make baklava for dessert. This Middle Eastern delight is an excellent dessert that can be eaten with a side of whipped cream or by itself. It also goes well with coffee and tea. Here are some suggestions:
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    Make dessert pies with nuts. There are many traditional nut pies that will serve as an excellent dessert. Some examples include:
    • Pecan pie
    • Dried apricot and walnut tart
    • Mixed nut toffee tart
    • Chocolate peanut butter tarts.
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    Cream nuts to use as fillings or to substitute for cream. Nut creams can be very useful at dessert time, helping to fill out a dessert pie or dish, or serving as a non-dairy alternative to cream. For example:
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    Add nuts to ice cream or make ice cream from nuts. Nuts are often an integral part of ice cream toppings or fillings. Here are just a few ideas:
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    Make nut cakes for dessert. Cake can make an excellent dessert, especially when slice thinly and with a dollop of cream or ice cream added to one side. Here are some ideas:
    • Walnut and pecan torte
    • Carrot nut cake
    • Walnut chocolate bread cake
    • Cinnamon and walnut pumpkin cake
    • Gluten free orange and almond cake
    • Cherry almond cake
    • Almond crunch chocolate confetti cake
    • Lime, coconut and almond cake
    • German chocolate cake.


  • Thinly slice nuts used for toppings, or chop finely.


  • Obviously, be aware of your own nut allergies and those of anyone else eating the nut desserts.

Things You'll Need

  • Nut-based dessert recipes
  • Cooking ingredients and equipment

Article Info

Categories: Desserts and Sweets | Nuts and Seeds