Pass the Wheat Nuts

Pass the Wheat Nuts

Here at 1840 Farm, we are three years and six months into our nut free years.  Not that I’m counting.  Okay, who am I kidding?  I’m definitely counting.  I could tell you that I don’t miss eating nuts, but I’d be lying.  Nuts were my go to healthy snack back in the day.  I loved to eat them and I loved to bake with them.  I firmly believe that a sea salted cashew is one of the most delicious edibles on the face of the earth.  Unfortunately, they are also my arch nemesis.

I gave up walking down the nut aisle in the grocery store lo those many years ago.  There’s didn’t seem to be any point unless I was trying to depress myself or make my son panic at the mere proximity of his sworn enemy.  That was until a few months ago when I was looking for sunflower seeds for our flock of chickens here at 1840 Farm.  I had read that sunflower seeds would provide our hens with nutritious snack during the long winter.  I had no choice but to force myself to turn the cart down the nut aisle and look for sunflower seeds that came without a warning that they “might contain peanuts.”

So imagine my complete surprise and utter elation when I discovered Wheat Nuts at the grocery store.  A product that claimed to taste like nuts without containing even a trace of them.  As in, I can keep these in my house without needing to bulk up my supply of Epi-pens.  Hallelujah.  Praise the genius who invented this one.

I have to admit to eating them in the car on the way home.  No, I don’t normally do that, but I couldn’t wait to try them.  I also couldn’t wait to alert everyone at my house that we had a nut free, nut-like snack to add to the pantry.  The last thing I wanted to do was try yet another nut substitute that didn’t taste anything like a nut and watch the disappointed looks on their faces as another new product went straight into the garbage bin.  Instead, I decided to take one for the team and try them myself figuring that I could get rid of the evidence on the way home if I needed to.  Wheat Nuts had me at the first bite.  I couldn’t believe how good they tasted.

I am happy to say that we are all still in love with Wheat Nuts.  We eat them by themselves as a snack.  We make our own nut free trail mixes with them.  We used them to bake a completely nut free pecan-like pie.  Our favorite way to eat them is baked into Pecanless Pie Bars.  They are a revelation after being nut free for so long.

Now I’m off to watch the NCAA Tournament with my family.  I won’t be thinking about allergies or nut free snacks, but I’m glad that we have some Wheat Nuts in the pantry just in case.  I’ll just be hoping that the Kansas Jayhawks can advance to the next round.  We’ll root them on and have a great time doing so.  If you were here to join us in the Rock Chalk Chant, I’d be happy to pass the Wheat Nuts your way.

1840 Farm Pecanless Pie Bars
makes 24 bars

Shortbread Crust

240 grams (2 cups) King Arthur White Wheat Flour
72 grams (6 Tablespoons) brown sugar
6 ounces butter, cubed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper.

Place all ingredients in food processor.  Process using on/off turns until the mixture has just formed small clumps.  Do not over process.  Sprinkle mixture over the bottom of prepared pan.  Lightly press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 20 minutes until light golden brown.  Prepare filling as the crust is baking.

Pecanless Pie Filling
168 grams (2 cups) Wheat Nuts, chopped coarsely
144 grams (3/4 cup) brown sugar
4 ounces butter
63 grams (3 Tablespoons) honey
1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) half and half

Melt butter in heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in brown sugar, honey, and half and half.  Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in chopped Wheat Nuts.

When the shortbread crust is finished baking, remove it from the oven and  immediately pour warm filling over the top.  If necessary, spread filling evenly over the crust.  Return pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Run a sharp knife or spatula around the edges of the pan to loosen the cooled bars.  Use the edges of the parchment paper to lift cooled bars from the pan to a cutting board.  Using serrated knife, cut into bars.  Serve.





  1. Thanks for the review. I’ve seen them, but not tried them. Maybe I will now. 🙂

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      I’d love to hear what you think of them. Their flavor is similar to a pecan. I hope that you enjoy them.

  2. Thanks! My son is allergy to tree nuts. I will have to try them.

    1. You’re more than welcome. I hope that you like them. They’re a staple here at 1840 Farm. We can eat them safely without worry. Enjoy!

  3. I love wheatnuts but heard recently that the company is dicontiniuing them. I can’t find them in any of the stores around me! I’m so disappointed!!

    1. Sadly, I have been having great difficulty finding them lately. I have written a letter to the company and will share any information that I receive. I am disappointed as well. We really enjoyed them.

  4. the company closed its doors, went into bankruptcy and their assets were sold to another company. To my knowledge they will not be reproducing wheat nuts

    1. I’m so sorry to hear it. We loved their product and I was happy to share it with my readers who also cook and bake around nut allergies. Here’s hoping that someone will pick them up and we’ll be able to purchase them again.

  5. Wheat nuts are available from kehe foods….they are a grocery supplier…..the only difficulty is that they are only available in a 25# bag…..but they are available

  6. Kehe foods…grocery supplier has 25# bags available of wheat nuts….only way to get them that I am aware of

    1. Thank you for taking the time to share this information with me. I just visited their site and was unable to find them. I have sent them an email request for information. I have my fingers crossed that I will hear that they have some available. I’ll let you know what I find out.

  7. I, too, have looked for wheat nuts in the store and cannot find them. I wish I had saved a jar so that I knew what company made them. I have repeatedly asked my local grocery store to order them, but they have not been able to do so. Does anyone know the company name and also their phone number if it is on the jar? I use them at Christmas time to make Chex Mix and everyone loves them! They seem to get picked out first.

    1. Sadly, I have looked far and wide with no luck. It is my understanding that the company did indeed go out of business and that the product is no longer being produced or sold. I will continue to look and be sure to share any information that I find, so stay tuned!

        1. Thank you so much for sharing this information with me. I can’t wait to try all of the different products you’re offering. We have missed these so much!

  8. Very distressed to have just found out that wheat nuts is no longer produced. Thank goodness for my last 9 cans of this. Great for chex mix and homemade granola bars for us people with nut allergies. Can’t wait to try it on this recipe as well even if it is from a KU fan.

    1. Oh, how I wish that I had a few cans of these left in the pantry! They were a staple here at our house. I am on the hunt for another nut free product that is as versatile. You can rest assured that I will be sharing it as soon as I find one! I can only guess that you’re a fan of a KU opponent. I hope that you’ll enjoy being a member of The 1840 Farm Community no matter what team you root for!

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