Hazelnuts are a terrific snack, but you can use them in many other ways. You can use it in cakes, chocolates or to make pastes to apply on bread and other wheat products and so on. There are many ways that the nut can be processed and seasoned with all manner of additives for various reasons.
If, however, you are looking to take the hazelnut in its most natural form, you should take it roasted.
We shall discuss how you roast hazelnuts shortly but, in the meantime, let us discuss some of their benefits.
It Prevents Constipation
Constipation zaps your energy, gives you headaches, and makes your life miserable. It can cause more severe and long-term health problems if you have it for too long. The natural way to ensure you get regular bowel movements is by eating food that is rich in dietary fiber.
Hazelnuts are pretty rich in fiber, and taking a few grams of them daily will make a significant contribution to your fiber needs.
They Slow Down Cell Damage and Ageing
Hazelnuts are rich in Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to fight free radicals that destroy body cells. This attribute can help them prevent cancer and repair the damage it causes.
It Can Help You Reduce Weight Gain
Some studies have shown a correlation between eating nuts and reduced weight gain. People who eat nuts are less likely to be obese than those who don’t eat them. Making them a regular part of your diet will therefore help you with your weight goals.
Hazelnuts Help You Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels
An article published on, Nutrients in 2016 shows that taking a hazelnut-rich diet reduces cholesterol levels. The nuts are calorie-dense, and there may be some concern that such nuts can cause you to gain weight. This study found that hazelnuts don’t increase their users’ weight.
It Prevents Type 2 Diabetes
Hazelnuts help to improve your insulin sensitivity. Low insulin sensitivity is one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes. A study conducted in 2011 found that taking a 30g nut mix over three months increases your insulin sensitivity. A quarter of the nuts used during this study were hazelnuts.
Hazelnuts Can Help You Reduce Inflammation
A study conducted in 2016 found that they can help you reduce inflammation. If you suffer from arthritis, inflamed bowel syndrome, or other inflammations, you can make hazelnuts part of your diet.
They May Improve Sperm Count
Some studies suggest that eating nuts can help to improve sperm count. Hazelnuts are some of the nuts that can help with this condition. Consult with your doctor to see whether consuming nuts is enough to solve your sperm count problem.
You may have to take hazelnuts as a part of a broader management regime for low sperm count.
To enjoy all the above benefits, you will need to cook your hazelnuts somehow, and roasting is one of the best ways to cook. It is simple. It retains all the nutrients and much of the hazelnuts’ natural, nutty taste.
The following is a simple procedure you can follow to roast them.
You can roast your own on a stove or in an oven, depending on how you have. You use the stovetop for a few nuts and an oven if you have more.
The first thing you need to do is to take your hazelnuts and sort them. Some of the hazelnuts may contain some debris, so it is good to pick them out.
Cooking Hazelnuts in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 3500
- Arrange the hazelnuts in a single layer on a paper foil lined with parchment.
- Put your nuts into the oven and toast for about ten minutes. At this point, you will begin to smell a nutty smell.
- Remove the hazelnuts from the oven and place them on a clean kitchen towel.
- Steam the nuts while they are still on the towel for a moment.
- Use the towel to rub the skins off the hazelnuts. Their skins can be bitter and making it difficult for you to enjoy the nuts.
Let the nuts cool and serve.
Cooking Hazelnuts on a Pan
You can easily roast your nuts on a pan over a stove; you have just a few. This is how you do it.
- Put a medium thickness pan on a stove and set the flame low
- Place the hazelnuts on the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Ensure you keep turning the nuts over as you cook to avoid burning.
- Put the hazelnuts on a clean kitchen towel, steam them for a minute and rub them with the towel to skin them.
Allow them some time to cool and serve.
You can salt your hazelnuts either dry or with oil. Whether you use oil depends on how long you wish to store the nuts. You put oil in the nuts if they are for immediate consumption and roast them dry if you want to store them for a little longer.
Hazelnuts can be taken immediately after roasting, but you can also flavor them to give them some variety. The following are some of the flavors you can give the nuts and how you can do it.
Add the following to a cup of roasted, shelled hazelnuts
– One tablespoon olive oil – you can use melted butter instead of olive oil
– ½ a cup of sugar
– 3 grams of cinnamon
– Salt to taste
Put the nuts into an oven preheated at 3500 and put the other ingredients. Mix them and stir continuously. Cook for seven minutes and serve.
Honey and Spice
You need the following for one cup of roasted, skinned hazelnuts.
– 1/8 tablespoon of cumin
– One tablespoon of honey
– 1/8 tablespoon of powdered ginger
– 1/8 tablespoon of powdered coriander
– Salt to taste
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees and put your nuts in. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir for 7minites. Remove from the oven and serve.
The following are the ingredients for one cup of roasted, skinned hazelnuts.
– One tablespoon olive oil
– ¼ of a cup of brown sugar
– 1 Tablespoon of fresh or ground rosemary
Mix all the ingredients and cook in an oven for seven minutes as you stir in 3500 heat.
Storing the Roast Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are not perishable, and you can store them for up to six months without refrigeration. You will need to store them in an air-tight container for them to attain this kind of longevity. When frozen, they can remain good for a year.
Allow your hazelnuts to cool completely before putting them in air-tight bags before putting them into the freezer. You will only need to get them out of the freezer for five minutes before using them.