Put a Fresh Twist on Summer Recipes with Fisher Nuts – A Review, Recipe & Giveaway!

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Summertime means a lot of snacking, especially if you have children. We are out a lot during the warmer months and whether that means a simple trip to the local playground or something as big as spending the day on the boat, we always have snacks with us. Now, of course, as any good parent would, we do our best to be picky with what type of snacks we choose to offer our little ones. Sure, a bag of chips would be an easy go-to option, but I despise feeding them (and ourselves) junk. Thankfully, our kids actually love the good for you foods; baby carrots, sliced apples, a handful of blueberries. I love that they love it. However, one thing that people often overlook when it comes to snacking is protein. There aren’t too many snack foods that have it but, when out on a classic summer adventure, it’s something that we (and our children) need. For that, we turn to nuts.

Normally, for most of our outings, we make up our own little trail mix baggies. The kids get to choose which goodies go in their respective snack bags and everyone is satisfied. We’ve never really been a fan of any one specific brand but we recently had the chance to try one of which we hadn’t tried before. Long story short – we love them!

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Fisher Nuts not only sells a wonderful variety of snacking nuts but also offers an extensive array of cooking nuts. Sure, we love having them around for snacking and on-the-go purposes but having them in the kitchen opens the doors to a whole new adventure in itself. The kids and I enjoy making goodies right here at home and it has been a fun time getting to further experiment with the inclusion of nuts in our otherwise ordinary dishes.

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The other day, for example, we had some bananas that were on the verge of, well, smushiness. You know how it goes… once the brown spots start appearing, no one wants to eat them any longer. Of course, I don’t want to just let them sit on the counter to rot so we put them to good use. We decided to make some banana bread. After looking through the pantry, that idea turned into banana chocolate chip pound cake. After we had sat down to eat it, the thought to add walnuts came to mind. Genius, right? Nuts, like Fisher Nuts Chef’s Naturals Cooking Nuts, bring a whole new flavor to everyday recipes. And, simply including nuts, makes the dish just a dash healthier.

If you’re not one for creativity on your own, check out the Fisher Nuts website for a list of recipes and ways to include nuts in your meals and desserts. I’ve already found myself including a number of their recipes into our weekly meal planning. They have a huge list going but some of my favorites are from their inclusion of celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s own recipes.

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Alex, executive chef of New York restaurants The Darby and Butter and regular judge on Food Network’s Chopped, certainly has some delicious tricks up her sleeve. With more than twenty recipes under her belt, all featuring Fisher Nuts, you can surely pick up a tip or two from her. Now, nothing says summer quite like fresh ingredients like nuts and berries and Alex’s Strawberry Crostata with Walnuts is an amazingly decadent – and perfect for summer – treat. You can find the full recipe on the Fisher Nuts website, here.

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Since we like to dabble with recipe creation in our own kitchen, we tried our Fisher Nuts for a cookie night baking experiment. With requests for chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, and almond nut cookies, we did our best to please everyone in one fell swoop. Introducing Oatmeal-Raisin-Chocolate-Chip cookies with Almonds!

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
¾ cup of light brown sugar
¾ cup of granulated sugar
1 cup (or 2 sticks) of butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 ⅓ cups of oats
⅔ cup of raisins
⅔ cup of mini chocolate chips
½ cup of Fisher Nuts Chef’s Naturals Cooking Nuts almonds

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375° before beginning.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set this aside until later.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add in the flour mixture and combine thoroughly. Slowly beat in the oats, followed by the chocolate chips and raisins.

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For the almonds, this is a personal preference. Add them into the mixture (whole or smashed) and beat well. If you opt for a smaller crunch, placing the almonds into a sandwich bag and crushing them with your fist or a spoon works best (little helpers love this part!).

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Using a tablespoon, place heaping scoops of batter on a greased baking sheet 1 to 1½ inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. I’ve always spun my baking sheets around at the halfway point to ensure even cooking. I recommend doing so here as well.

When finished, allow to cool for 5 minutes while still on the baking sheet.

Serve and enjoy!

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As ridiculous as these cookies may sound, they were amazing! They are definitely the best of all worlds and have a little bit of perfection for everyone – a little sweet, a little fruity, and a little nutty! Now, instead of making three entirely different recipes to satisfy all, this one cookie does it all. And thankfully, Fisher Nuts helped to make that happen. Prior to being introduced to the Fisher Nuts Chef’s Naturals Cooking Nuts product line, I had not considered adding nuts to any dishes. After, well, now I’m finding myself trying to include Fisher Nuts in many more dishes to come.

The wonderful folk over at Fisher Nuts want me – and you! – to do exactly that! They recently sent me a prize pack to help make the most of the last days of summer and, together, we want to do the same for you! One lucky Eighty MPH Mom reader will win a wonderful prize pack perfect for your own summer recipe adventures!

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THE GIVEAWAY:
One(1) winner will receive a Fisher Nuts Prize Pack that includes the following:

  • Fisher Nuts Chef’s Naturals Sliced Almonds
  • Fisher Nuts Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces
  • Fisher Nuts Chef’s Naturals Pecan Halves
  • $75 VISA gift card

Giveaway open to US residents only. Ends 9/16/13. ARV of $90

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And as always, if you’re not feeling particularly lucky today, you can keep up with Fisher Nuts via social media on Facebook and Pinterest for all of the latest news, more recipes, newest products, giveaways, and more!

 

Randi is working with Fisher to share recipes and create her own original recipe using Fisher Nuts (and tools they provided). All opinions are her own and she has not been paid to publish positive comments.

No purchase necessary. Open to residents of US only. Giveaway ends September 16, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. (PST). ONE ENTRANT PER HOUSEHOLD/IP Address! I check all entries – cheating will not be tolerated. Winner will be notified via email and needs to reply within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Please make sure you check your spam folder – I will not be responsible if you did not receive winning email notification. Winners name(s) will be displayed on the post, and will also be posted on Winners List shortly after drawing has occurred. Winners will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Screenshots of winners available by request. Prize will be shipped directly from sponsor or their PR Agency unless otherwise noted. Eighty MPH Mom is not responsible for prizes lost in transit, although every attempt will be made for prize delivery.

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Randi is a stay-at-home mother to two wildly crazy little boys, in love with one hell of a great man, a hobbyist writer and, more or less, glued to her camera. In a world where making mud pies, searching for bugs and racing Matchbox cars have become her forte, her true passion can be found all around her (or attached to her hip) at any given moment - her family.

479 Comments

  1. The Perfect Pecan Bars sound so yummy! I know my kids would love some of the snack mixes in their lunches as well

  2. Barbara Bradford on

    Wow what a ton of great recipes on the Fisher Nut website. I think I would try the Carrot Cake Cupcakes first. Those look so good.

  3. I would love to try the Mixed Greens with Fruit & Honey-Glazed Walnuts Salad recipe. The picture looks wonderful and the combination of ingredients sounds delicious.

  4. Butter Pecan ice cream. It’s one of my favorite things, and I love to make ice cream. It’s a no-brainer. I also would love to try the carrot cake cupcakes.

  5. Victoria Carlson on

    I would really like to try the Spinach Salad with Chicken & Raspberry Vinaigrette! Looks easy to make but so tasty!

  6. Monique Rizzo on
  7. I would love to try this recipe–http://www.fishernuts.com/recipes/breakfast-brunch/Bacon-and-Cheddar-Scones

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  8. I would really like to make the Banana Bread with walnuts. It looks really good. I would make it for breakfast.

  9. um.. blue cheese and Walnut burger!!! LOL Except- I don’t like Blu cheese so I would FOR sure subsitute Brie!!! OH YUM. What a grand idea. Brie and Walnuts…. I love nuts. We eat them all the time, put them in everything…

  10. I’d like to try the Black Raspberry Walnut Torte and the Herb and Almond Crusted Leg of Lamb recipes.

    callawishes(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. I want to make the Caramel Apples with Chocolate and Walnuts. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  12. paulette schneider on

    Wild Mushroom & Spinach Flatbread, but have a serious dislike of pine nuts (they go rancid so
    quickly, I’ve even bought them and had them turned before opening the bag. I’d rather use
    almonds or walnuts.

  13. I absolutely LOVE nuts in salads, something about the texture, so I love the Asian Chicken Salad one, I’ll have to try it!

  14. Melissa Shirley on
  15. I would like to try to make the Black Raspberry Walnut Torte, it looks amazingly good, just looking at it makes me want it..lol

  16. The Perfect Pecan Bars sound great! I know my granddaughter would love some of the snack mixes in their lunches as well and they seem healthier than sugary candy!

  17. Christy Leonard on
  18. i have had an ice cream maker that i got as a xmas gift three years ago and have never used….would love to try the butter pecan ice cream recipe, thank you

  19. I would really enjoy trying the Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops recipe! It sounds so good! The mix of Pecans & cranberries so heavenly!

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