Oats and walnuts are two age-old ingredients that have been around the block when it comes to desserts. From pies to cookies, many recipes that use walnuts and oats, also known as rolled oats or oatmeal. Both ingredients have a mellow taste that works as the main flavor for your dish or as a background flavor. Both can also act as blending agents to help tie other flavors together. Overall, both oats and walnuts are handy ingredients for desserts.
Filling, topping or crust -- there are many ways to incorporate walnuts and oats into a tantalizing pie. Stir oats and chopped walnuts into pie crust dough to create an earthy shell that pairs well with a berry pie. Mix diced walnuts into an apple pie and top with sugary oatmeal crumble for a classic dessert with a little crunch. Toss some chopped oatmeal and chopped walnuts into a strawberry-rhubarb pie to help thicken up the juices and add a nutty taste.
Oatmeal and walnuts are a good start to making a tasty cookie. Toss walnuts and chocolate chips into oatmeal cookie dough for a traditional cookie. Spread homemade walnut butter between two oatmeal raisin cookies for a creamy treat. Bake cocoa oatmeal cookies and top with walnut frosting to bring the cookies extra sweetness.
While oats and walnuts are mainly useful for the crust and topping on dessert bars, they still contribute to the dish’s overall flavor. Combine oats, chopped walnuts, butter and sugar to make dough you can press into the bottom of a dish and lightly bake. Top the bar crust with anything from cherry cheesecake filling to lemon custard. Sprinkle toasted oats and walnuts over butterscotch brownies to add some crunch to the treat. Bake layered oats, chopped walnuts and pear pie filling in a casserole dish for a fall dessert.
Oatmeal and walnut cakes tend to be on the heavier side, but they’re still a savory sweet. Mix oatmeal and chopped walnuts into a lemon cake mix for a tangy treat with mild undertones. Combine oatmeal and vanilla cake mix, and then top with caramel frosting and chopped walnuts to make a traditional cake with a twist. Bake a raisin and walnut oatmeal cake and drizzle it with cinnamon icing for a dessert that echoes the flavor of cinnamon rolls.
Healthy or naughty, you can make many different parfaits with oats and walnuts. Layer banana yogurt, oats, chopped walnuts and sliced bananas for a light dessert. Create a tartly sweet dessert with layers of walnut granola, raspberries and raspberry sorbet. Go for an indulgent twist with layers of chopped walnuts, butter pecan ice cream and caramel all topped with toasted cinnamon oats.