This nut and seed crumble is packed with good-for-you omega-3s.

By Ananda Eidelstein
May 14, 2018
A crumble topping made from flaxseed and walnuts (yay, Omega-3s!) tops roasted asparagus in this pretty much hands-off side dish. The nutty and fragrant topping goes well with other fresh or roasted vegetables. Use it to perk up a salad, too! Get the recipe: Roasted Asparagus With Flaxseed Walnut Crumble
Greg DuPree

Sometimes all you need is a little sprinkle of something truly transformative to elevate a dish from simple to sublime. No, I’m not referring to my personal favorite, flaky salt. I’m talking about a special blend made from just four better-for-you ingredients.

This fragrant concoction of walnuts and flaxseed meal is a game-changer when scattered over roasted vegetables of all kinds, from asparagus to root vegetables. It can also add zing to raw vegetables like radishes or ripe summer tomatoes. Just a dash can perk up a mixed salad, roasted salmon, or a simply seared steak. It essentially acts as a gluten-free and more flavorful and healthy alternative to breadcrumbs. I even use it to top my morning porridge, whether I’m going with oats or quinoa. The magical perk about this easy topper is that it works with both sweet and savory dishes.

The flaxseed-walnut crumble starts with a big handful of walnuts. Toss them with coconut oil and turmeric then toast in the oven to further bring out their fragrant nuttiness. Walnuts are packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3s and are also rich in antioxidants. Coconut oil, a good fat when consumed in moderation, adds a hint sweetness, plus the fatty acids found in the oil can kill harmful bacteria and viruses. Turmeric brings a kick to the mix but also its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Once the walnuts cool, it’s simply combined with flaxseed meal and a pinch of salt in a food processor. The outcome looks like golden, good-for-you breadcrumbs.  

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Make a batch and store in an airtight container. It’ll be there for you when you want to add a healthful flavor boost to your dishes or perk up the basics. If this sounds right up your alley, we’ve got more better-for-you ideas, right here.