christmas nut roast

California Walnut Christmas Nut Loaf

California Walnut Christmas Nut Loaf  - The mild and creamy flavour and unique nutritional benefits of California Walnuts makes them a must-have ingredient for cooking this Christmas, perfect for adding texture and flavour to both sweet and savoury recipes.

Serves 4-6


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 400g (14oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 180g (6.3 oz) pack whole chestnuts
  • 150g (5.3 oz) California Walnut pieces, roughly chopped
  • 50g (1.7 oz) cranberry sauce, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped oregano
  • 100g (3.5 oz) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 125ml (4.2 fl oz) hot vegetable stock


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin.
  2. Heat the oil in a small frying pan and fry the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes until golden. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Place the kidney beans and chestnuts in a food processor and roughly chop. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in the onions, walnuts, cranberry sauce, spice, herbs, and breadcrumbs, season well. Mix in the stock, press into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  4. Cut into slices and serve with extra cranberry sauce and vegetables.

Recipe by California Walnuts, @walnuts_uk