Go “Nuts” for These Easy Granola Recipes

When life gets hectic, it’s a good idea to have some healthy snacks on hand. Full of crunchy nuts and delicious fruits, granola is a great treat to satisfy your hunger, while giving you the little boost of energy you need. Grab a bag of Hickory Farms mixed nuts and whip up these simple and convenient granola recipes.

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Whole Lotta Nuts

If you can’t get enough crunchiness, you’ll love this recipe. Start by stirring together a few handfuls of oats, a scoop of our mixed nuts, a bit of coconut flake and some pumpkin seeds. You can amp up the flavor even more by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of salt.

Meanwhile, in a separate sauce pan, melt some honey and a stick of butter. Before removing the butter mixture from the heat, throw in a bit of vanilla. Next, pour butter over the nut-and-oat mixture before stirring and spreading the granola onto a sheet for baking.

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Maple-Nut Granola

Adding dried fruits to your granola is a delicious way to increase the fiber and nutrient content. Using a large bowl, add some maple syrup for a nice, earthy sweetness that’s perfect for fall. Then, add vanilla extract, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Next, slowly incorporate vegetable oil, whisking quickly to combine. Finish by stirring in oats, our Hickory Farms mixed nuts and a selection of fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection. Now, just bake until golden brown.

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Classic Granola

For a treat that’s sure to please, opt for a traditional granola blend of sweet and savory. In a bowl, mix a handful of oats, almonds, some of our cashews, a bit of coconut and brown sugar. In another bowl, combine oil, salt and maple syrup. Finish by folding the liquid mixture into the oats until well-combined, and then bake.

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With these delicious recipes, you can transform our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts into a sweet, yet satisfying treat that’s filling enough to tide you over until your next meal.

Serve Up a Mouth-Watering Pecan Pie – 3 Different Ways!

Although pecans are great when tossed into salads, mixed into trail mix and crusted on chicken – they always seem to taste better when baked into a mouth-watering pie. Since Pecan Pie Day is coming up on July 12, now’s the perfect time to bake your very own pie! Invite your friends over for a tasty celebration and prepare a classic version of this decadent treat, or put a fun twist on the traditional recipe with our Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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The Classic

For pecan pie purists, go with the traditional, old-fashioned southern recipe. Start by preparing basic pie dough and forming it into a round pie pan. Crimp the edges of the dough for a nice, clean presentation. Then, place the dough into the refrigerator and allow it to firm up.

Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter before whisking in some brown sugar until the mixture is smooth. Then, add corn syrup, vanilla, a little salt and a pinch of orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix three beaten eggs into the butter mixture. Finally, add your pecans to the crust, top with the rest of the ingredients and then bake.

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Pecan Cheesecake Pie

If you’re looking for a texturally-rich treat, try combining smooth, creamy cheesecake with the crunch of pecans. After preparing your pie crust, mix together cream cheese, an egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into your crust and top with chopped nuts. For a nice, crispy topping, pour a mixture of corn syrup, egg, vanilla and sugar over the top before baking.

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Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate lovers will adore this rich and decadent pie that only requires moments to make. Prepare the pie following the classic recipe, but mix a heaping handful of chocolate morsels in with the pecans. Then, add a few splashes of bourbon to the corn syrup mixture before baking the pie.

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With these delectable pecan pie recipes made with nuts from Hickory Farms’ Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, Pecan Pie Day might become your new favorite holiday.

Seasonal Recipe – Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Even though Applesauce Cake Day has already passed us by, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a moist and fruity cake all year round. This Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake recipe is packed full of great flavors and even features a decadently rich and creamy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. You can whip up this delicious recipe with a couple ingredients from Hickory Farms. It’s sure to be a hit at your next family gathering!

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Bake the cake

Start by getting your oven ready by preheating it to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, grease a small pan with butter or line it with parchment paper.

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Next, combine some butter, a dash of vanilla and a scoop of brown sugar into a stand mixer. You want your butter to be whipped and airy. Then, add in your eggs and some apple sauce. After everything is mixed together, reduce the speed of your mixer and slowly add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and a variety of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or whatever other spices you prefer.

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Once your batter is thoroughly stirred, chop up a handful of our mixed nuts and throw them into the mix. Add your batter to the prepared pan and place in your preheated oven. Then, bake until your cake is nice and golden brown.

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Add the finishing touches

No cake is complete without a decadent frosting. Simply combine cream cheese, butter and a bit of vanilla in a mixer until the frosting is nice and fluffy. Then, finish by adding powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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Once your cake is cool, spread your frosting over the entire surface of the cake, making sure to cover the sides well. For extra texture, top the frosting with more chopped nuts.

 

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With this delicious recipe and a couple of essential ingredients from Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, which features a mixture of almonds, cashew and pecans — you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious applesauce cake all year long.