Nuts & Seeds

When it comes to superfoods, nuts and seeds are definitely two of the front runners. Find protein-packed recipes using nutty favorites like pine nuts, cashews, and pistachios, or mighty seeds such as sunflower, chia, and pumpkin that'll add a boost of nutrition to for your sauces, desserts, drinks, and much more!

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How to Roast and Peel Chestnuts

The sweet, comforting scent of roasting chestnuts is an instant pick-me-up on a cold evening. Want to roast them at home for the holidays? Here's how.

The Best Banana Bread

Rating: 3.5 stars 3221
It's the best because it's Martha's go-to banana bread recipe. She included the recipe in her first book, Entertaining, and has been making it ever since. The batter for this easy-to-make favorite is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super-moist texture. Be sure to use very ripe (but not bruised) bananas, and add chopped walnuts or pecans—Martha always uses pecans. She says your family will "go bananas" for this old-fashioned quick bread.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 255
These light, flourless cookies, from TV chef Nikki Elkins, are made with everyday ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 901
Everyone needs a delicious coffee cake recipe in their repertoire, and this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect option. Meaning "something strewn" in Old German, streusel is easy to throw together -- and then to throw on top of this sour-cream coffee cake. The sweet glaze in the recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.

Chestnut Stuffing

Rating: 3.5 stars 177
Studded with meaty chestnuts and fragrant with parsley and sage, this stuffing is equally good cooked inside or outside the turkey (try our Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey recipe). You will need to dry the bread cubes overnight; transfer them to resealable plastic bags until you're ready to make the stuffing, up to 1 day more.

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

Rating: 4 stars 46
There is fall flavor in every bite of this seasonal bundt. An apple-cider glaze and caramelized apples in the batter set this spice cake apart.

Soaked Chia Seeds

For an easy way to enjoy chia seeds, simply soak them in water or your alternative milk of choice. In just 20 minutes, they take on a chewy texture reminiscent of tapioca pudding. You can refrigerate them for up to five days, so make a big batch on the weekend and enjoy them throughout the week. Stir a couple of spoonfuls into a smoothie or oatmeal—or layer them with fresh fruit and maple syrup for a parfait.

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 824
These dessert bars are inspired by a popular Southern dessert, Hello Dollies, and are incredibly easy to make. A cookie crust made with graham crackers, sugar, and butter is the base for a generous sprinkling of pecans and chocolate chips. The toppings get doused in sweetened condensed milk, followed by a dusting of shredded coconut. For even more chocolate flavor, use chocolate wafers for the cookie crust.

Elephant Ear Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 52
Making elephant ear cookies is easier than their coiled design might suggest. Spread the pecan-cinnamon mixture on store-bought puff pastry, and then roll, slice, flatten, and coat with sugar. They emerge from the oven crisp and caramelized.

Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1515
Martha Stewart's three-tiered carrot cake is a classic recipe you'll turn to again and again. It's moist, tender, and mildly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Speckled with shredded carrots (of course), it gets a welcomed crunch from chopped pecans—walnuts would make an equally great swap—and draped with a luscious-yet-simple cream cheese frosting.

Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar

No-bake, vegan, gluten-free—this decadent dessert has a lot going for it. Dark chocolate is layered with a crunchy-chewy mixture of walnuts, dates, and peanut butter in a loaf pan, then finished with more nuts and flaky salt.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

This sweet and simple sheet cake marries two great flavors that just plain belong together: rich and tender chocolate cake, and creamy peanut-butter frosting. For maximum fluff, go for a classic smooth variety of peanut butter, and plug in your mixer—manpower alone won't be enough. Scatter chopped peanuts along the edges for any crunchy fans in the house.

Inspiration and Ideas

Peanut Brittle
Rating: Unrated 275
A picture of salty-sweet perfection, brittle is surprisingly easy to make. Serve it alongside coffee or tea for dessert, and save any leftovers for snacking. Peanuts make a classic brittle, but you can substitute cashews or almonds instead.
Baked Alaska
Rating: Unrated 202
This old-fashioned dessert, which originated at New York City's Delmonico's restaurant to commemorate the purchase of Alaska in 1867, has become popular again, and why not? An ice-cream cake covered with an igloo of meringue emerging from an oven is a real showstopper.
Brown-Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie

In this classic with a twist, the complex flavors of brown butter and bourbon breathe new life into sweet and nutty pecan pie. Traditionalists and modernists alike will appreciate the enhancement of familiar flavors, especially when finished off with a dollop of whipped cream.