Seasonal Recipe: No Bake Lemon Cashew Squares

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What happens when you combine the nutty, slightly salty deliciousness of cashews with a light and creamy tart lemon topping? The answer is the perfect springtime dessert. Take advantage of the yummy cashews in Hickory Farms Colossal Cashews Gift Tin to prepare one of our favorite recipes, delicious No Bake Lemon Cashew Squares.

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Start by preparing the base

Using a food processor, throw in a handful of your cashews, an equal amount of raw almonds and about 20 Medjool dates, making sure to remove the pits. Pulse the ingredients until you have a nice chop and everything is well mixed. To maintain a good texture, make sure you don’t pulse too much.

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After your mixture has reached the perfect consistency, add it to your baking dish and push down to spread the fruits and nuts evenly. Then, simply place the base in the freezer.

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Make the fluffy whipped topping

To add a burst of cashew flavor, you can incorporate more cashews into the topping. Start by soaking a couple cups of cashews in water for two hours. Then, rinse and drain the nuts. Place the soaked cashews in the food processor, along with lemon zest and lemon juice. To add a hint of the tropics, mix in a bit of coconut nectar and coconut oil. Finish with a vanilla bean flesh and process until smooth. Once you have a nice, fluffy consistency, stir in a can of coconut cream and process again until the mixture is super creamy.

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Now that you have your silky topping prepared, simply pour it over the base and place the whole thing in the refrigerator. Let your bars cool overnight, allowing them to solidify a bit. When you’re ready to serve, just cut your bars into squares and top with a little sprinkle of chopped cashews.

 

Whether you’re looking for an easy make-ahead dessert for entertaining or a simple weeknight treat for the family, these delicious bars are the perfect choice. With our Colossal Cashews Gift Tin and a delicious recipe, we’ll always have your next dessert covered.

 

Healthy Snacks to Eat Before Working Out

Eating a delicious pre-workout snack is the best way to give your body the fuel it needs to get through a vigorous exercise routine. Choosing snacks with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and just a tiny bit of sugar can make a huge difference. Prepare to burn some serious calories with these great-tasting snack ideas.

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Fruit smoothies give you a burst of energy without making you feel heavy. Plus, because they’re relatively high in carbohydrates, fruits break down quickly, providing you with instant energy. To make your smoothie, blend together yogurt, Comice pears from one of our gourmet fruit baskets, a cup of the fruit juice of your choice and a handful of ice.

 

Carbohydrates come in two varieties — simple and complex. While simple carbs give you quick energy, complex carbs help maintain your energy long-term. Get the best of both worlds by topping a whole-wheat bagel, with its complex carbs, with simple carbs from our Farmstead Fruit Spreads.

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If you aren’t going to be able to eat directly before your workout, try starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal. This energy-packed breakfast staple can keep you full and energized for hours. For an even greater energy boost, top your oats with a few of our Hickory Farms mixed nuts and a couple berries.

You can’t go wrong with a simple cheese sandwich. This easy-to-prepare snack is gentle on your stomach and gives you plenty of slow-releasing carbs. Choose multi-grain bread and top it with one of our delicious cheeses, such as Hickory Farms‘ Farmhouse Cheddar.

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Greek yogurt has less sugar than traditional yogurt and provides you with a fantastic boost. Throw in a few Hickory Farms mixed nuts or a bit of trail mix to add texture.

 

With these simple snack ideas, you can bring your workout to the next level. Whether eaten alone for a simple, energy-packed snack or mixed with grains and yogurt, our Variety Snack Mix, featuring four different types of mixed nuts and trail mixes, will give your fitness the boost you need.

 

Quick Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Month

April is officially National Pecan Month, and Hickory Farms is excited to share some interesting facts about this delicious nut — and, of course — a few yummy pecan treats you can whip up in celebration.

 

Before you start baking, refresh your pecan knowledge with these fun facts:

 

  • Pecans are super healthy for you. Not only do pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals.
  • Since theU.S.produces more than 80 percent of the world’s pecans, this nut is truly an American food.
  • When choosing your pecans, you have options. This nut ranges in size from mammoth to midget. There are more than 1,000 unique varieties.
  • Every day, shellers process more than 150,000 pounds of pecans. This is enough to make 300,000 delicious pies!

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Now that you know the facts, it’s time to put your pecans to use with some decadent dishes, starting with a Pecan-Chutney Cheese Spread. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, curry powder, dry mustard and mango chutney. Then, mix in chopped pecans, green onion and toasted coconut. Afterwards, serve with crackers and assorted fruits.

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What could be better than combining bacon and pecans? Enjoy this delicious combination with a fun twist on Bacon-Wrapped Figs. Start by stirring a handful of basil into a log of goat cheese. Then, cut figs in half and top with a scoop of cheese and a piece of pecan. Finally, wrap with a slice of bacon and bake.

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For a little something sweet, try an Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler. Simply cook down the apples with butter and corn syrup. Then, divide the apple mixture into individual ramekins. Finish by topping with muffin mix, chopped pecans and baking until golden brown.

With these simple recipes and some fun facts, you’ll be celebrating National Pecan Month with flavor and flair. You can enjoy our delicious pecans with other fine nuts, including almonds and cashews, by grabbing Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin today. Visit www.hickoryfarms.com for more information about our delectable treats.