The hazelnut is ready to shake its stereotype as merely a Nutella ingredient, and we’re here to help. These 20 tasty recipes feature hazelnut in recipes ranging from superbly satisfying salads to luscious layer cakes. Of course, there are also some chocolatey treats thrown in, but you’ll be hard pressed to find even a spoonful of the famous spread here.
1. Coffee Streusel Cake: We totally want to enjoy slice after slice of this coffee-scented cake, so it’s only appropriate that it has a total mouthful of an alternate name — kaffee streuselkuchen. (via Chew Town)
4. Fudgy Brownies With Hazelnuts (Paleo): Fudgy brownies are near the top of the swoon-worthy-sweets list, and these certainly make the cut. We’re happy to share that they’re paleo-friendly. (via Paleo Fondue)
5. Dutch Baby With Roasted Pears and Toasted Hazelnuts: Crispy hazelnuts and caramelized pears form a delectable topping for a fluffy Dutch baby. We’re especially fond of these babies because they allow you to enjoy the taste of pancakes without constantly tending to them stove-side. (via Hapa Way)
6. Perfect Fall Gnocchi: A quick sauté of celeriac and fennel is combined with gnocchi pan-fried in a bit of brown butter and a finishing sprinkle of chopped nuts to make this a totally fit-for-fall dish. (via Savory Nothings)
9. Sweet Berry, Hazelnut + Dark Chocolate Brioche Swirl: Wow. Just wow. This brioche braid promises to be just as easy on the eyes as it is to eat, slice after slice. (via Styled Fresh)
10. Towering Hazelnut Praline Cake: Homemade hazelnut pralines are featured as a garnish and buttercream ingredient in this ganache-filled cake that works just as well when assembled into personal-size treats. (via Bake and Bait)
12. Caramel Mousse With Caramel Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts: You’ll only need a few bites of this indulgent mousse to satisfy your sweet tooth. (via The Italian Dish Blog)
13. Spring Salad With Asparagus and Honey-Chipotle Vinaigrette: Omit the asparagus to transform this springy salad into a superb year-round option. (via The Organic Kitchen)
15. Snow Drop Cookies: Bite into these powdered-sugar-dusted cookies to reveal a sweet surprise within. Flecks of black tea dot each interior, providing an outstanding, delicate flavor. (via Bicil the Baker)
16. Bodacious Brussels Sprouts: We’re always on the lookout for more ways to convince the haters that Brussels sprouts can be good. This is just one more recipe to add to our ever-growing list. (via The Good Kind of Crazy)
17. Hazelnut Pancakes With Chocolate Coconut Cream (Gluten-Free): Serve up these chocolate-drizzled pancakes for breakfast or dessert. They’re healthy enough to enjoy in the morning, yet sweet enough to end a meal with. (via The Roasted Root)
18. Fig and Hazelnut Pizza With Caramelized Onions and Basil Sauce: If you don’t feel up to making your own sprouted pizza crust, we recommend serving all the goodies atop your favorite multigrain crackers instead. (via Golubka)
19. Tgliolini Pasta With Caramelized Cauliflower and Hazelnut Pesto: We’re loving the game-changing pesto made with parsley, chopped hazelnuts, hazelnut oil and a few shreds of lemon zest to brighten things up. (via Tagliolini)
20. Pear Hazelnut Muffins: Chockfull of fruit and whole grains, a smattering of oatmeal and whole wheat play nicely with all-purpose flour. You can feel good about enjoying these cardamom and nutmeg scented muffins in the morning. (via Playin’ With My Food)
How do you enjoy hazelnuts beyond their role in Nutella? Let’s get nutty in the comments!