Our favorite nuts and seeds recipes

As vegetarians (though not vegans), we get some of our protein from nuts and seeds.

Maple sesame walnuts

Maple sesame walnuts ©Janet Allen
Maple sesame walnuts

This is a delicious, nutritious snack.

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. (We usually make this recipe when we're also heating the over to bake something else. After the nuts are done, we just raise the temp to whatever the next recipe needs.)
  • Combine until evenly coated
    • 4 cups walnut halves
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup
    • 2 Tbs. sesame seeds
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Spread walnuts on a baking sheet. (Technically the original recipe suggests either non-stick or coated with nonstick cooking spray. We don't use most nonstick pans—we just use a regular baking sheet and scrap it off.)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until nuts are lightly browned. Allow to cool on the baking sheet. The nuts will become dry and crunchy as they cool.

Peanut butter and jelly

Peanut butter and jelly ©Janet AllenGood ol' PB & J

Almost every day we have peanut butter and jelly (actually jam) on whole wheat toast, Janet for breakfast and John for an evening snack. It's one of our favorite "recipes."

We really like Wegmans Organic peanut butter, which is just organic peanuts and salt with no other added ingredients.

We use our own jam made from our own fruits.

And, of course, we spread this on John's delicious 100% whole wheat bread.