Nut substitute for baking

Posted on: Mon, 01/26/2004 - 12:49pm
Lori Jo's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

I did a search and couldn't find anything recent. Does anyone have a good substitute for nuts in recipes - say bars or cakes. While the nut flavor is good, sometimes the texture is more important. I'm drawing a blank on what I can use.

Posted on: Mon, 01/26/2004 - 11:45pm
Anonymous's picture
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Usually I just omit the nuts, or use raisins. (Not the same texture, but sometimes it turns out OK.)
The only thing I can think that you might be able to use is seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.) Pre-shelled might have a risk of cross contamination, so if you decide to try it, you might want to buy them in the shell, and do all the manual work yourself.
Actually, that doesn't sound to bad. I might try it myself. [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 3:18am
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

I would suggest using white chocolate chips (from Vermont Nut-Free or another safe source). I've sometimes eaten cookies other people have baked and had to double check with them that the whitish, almost crunchy things in them are in fact white chocolate chips, and not macademias or some other nut.
For some reason, I've found that once a cookie is cool, the white chocolate chips are not as creamy and smooth a sensation as regular chocolate chips are, and have an almost nutty "mouth feel". Of course they don't taste nutty, but they might work as far as texture goes.

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 7:26am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

I have never tried to bake with them, but I did use corn nuts in chex mix and it tasted okay. They might have too strong of a taste though for cookies.
Be careful of the corn nuts you choose, some of them are contaminated.

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 12:55pm
Lori Jo's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

Thanks. I have to admit that no cookie is worth shelling sunflower seeds, at least not in my book! I like them, but I'm not that motivated. [img][/img] The white chocolate chips are an idea. I can think of a couple recipes that they might work in. I also thought of pine nuts for more savory recipes. I was going thru my cookbooks, looking at all the recipes that are now "off limits", some of which were my favorites.

Posted on: Thu, 01/29/2004 - 8:36am
supermom's picture
Joined: 09/02/2003 - 09:00

I found these things called wheat nuts and they are made of nuts at all....they are similar in texture to a nut. I found them near all the jarred nuts in the supermarket. They have a slight aftertaste like wheat or some health thing...they don't look like a nut though which I thought was great so as not to cause confusion.

Posted on: Sat, 01/31/2004 - 1:48am
mattchrismom's picture
Joined: 02/12/2003 - 09:00

I make all of my old favorites and just omit the nuts, I'm not a fan of nuts to begin with so its not a hardship, the food tastes just as good or I add extra choc. chips or raisens and they turn out fine

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