September 4th is National Macadamia Nut Day—a holiday most definitely worth celebrating. The nutritional powerhouse is a rich source of iron, potassium, magnesium and contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, making it a great, whole-food addition to any diet. Sadly, it seems almonds have taken up too much of the limelight and macadamias have taken a back seat. Use this day of celebration to reclaim the magic!
There are all kinds of ways to enjoy macadamias, in addition to some fan favorites, such as eating them like candy or as a part of a trail mix. Here are some unique and delicious ways to prepare the tasty nut that will renew your love affair with the wonderful macadamia:
You won’t be milking any macadamia nuts for this recipe. Prepared like almond or cashew milk, all that’s required for this dairy alternative is a blender and some water. If you are feeling creative, you can also add some pitted dates for sweetness or cocoa powder for a chocolatey kick.
Don’t let the word “cheesecake” throw you off, this entirely plant-based, nearly-raw and gluten free recipe will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Dates, walnuts and macadamias make up the crust and a luscious, creamy macadamia and coconut milk-based filling provide the silky sweet substance.
Get an early jump on homemade holiday gift ideas with this simple and sweet recipe for macadamia nut brittle. Coconut flakes add a chewy texture and an optional splash of spiced rum make the desert perfect for the autumnal palate.
Nuts make a wonderfully creamy base for pasta sauces, and the macadamia is no exception. The addition of basil and lemon give a fresh flavor to the dish and the dairy ingredients can be substituted with non-dairy milk and vegan cheese for the entire plant-based eater.
Using just five ingredients, you can quickly whip up and enjoy these decadent fudge squares. Coconut oil liquifies when warmed and hardens when cool, allowing these frozen morsels to become the perfect texture when chilled in the freezer.
Yes, you read that right: you can make cheese out of macadamias! The process is surprisingly simple and you can customize your cheese to include fresh herbs, chopped nuts or other enticing flavors for the perfect homemade cheese spread.