Macadamia Nuts Recipes, Nutrition and Substitutions

What to Use in Your Recipe When You Don't Have Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts
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Macadamia nuts are those small, round, almost chickpea-like nuts that hail from land down under, otherwise known as Australia. In fact, macadamia nuts have also been known as Queensland nuts or Australia nuts.

But macadamia nuts are no longer restricted to natives or travelers to Australia. After they were "discovered" by the rest of the world until the late 19th century, they became especially popular in Pacific island cuisines.

Today, Hawaii is the world's single largest producer of macadamia nuts. They are the fattiest of the nut family and their rich and creamy flavor makes for a great addition to all sorts of dishes from desserts to main courses.

Macadamia Nut Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 cup (134 g) dry roasted, no salt added 
Calories  962Calories from Fat 918
Total Fat 102g160% DV
Saturated Fat 16g20% DV
Cholesterol 0g0% DV
Sodium 7mg0% DV
Potassium 493mg10% DV
Total Carbohydrate 19g10% DV
Dietary Fiber 12g50% DV
Sugars 6g 
Protein 11g20% DV









Possible Substitutes for Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts pair particularly well with coconut, chocolate, and fish. While some macadamia nut fans would argue that there are no real substitutes for the nut (isn't that always the case?), there are a couple of good options if macadamia nuts are hard to come by or you don't have them on hand. In fact, macadamia nuts can be substituted for other nuts measure for measure in most recipes and vice versa without necessarily compromising the integrity of the original recipe.

 Brazil nuts are about three times as large as macadamia nuts and have a stronger flavor, but many find that they are a good substitute option. To mimic their creamy texture, some cooks have opted to substitute cashews for macadamia nuts as well. Others have tried skinless almonds with some success.

Whereas others go as far as to substitute macadamia nuts with pecans or walnuts, which are also well-known for their place in sweet dessert recipes.

Macadamia Equivalents

When substituting other nut for macadamias, you can substitute one-to-one, but you may decide to use nut halves or to roughly chop your substitutes to mimic the size required for the recipe. But if you're simply looking to know how many macadamia nuts you'll need for a particular recipe, here are some helpful measurement equivalents and references:

  • 4 ounces macadamias equals 1 cup whole macadamia nuts
  • 1 pound shelled macadamias equals 3⅓ cups
  • One 5-ounce can whole macadamia nuts yields about 1¼ cups of nuts
  • One 7-ounce jar yields about 1½ cups of nuts

Macadamia Nut Recipes

•  Cherry Garcia Cookies
•  Chewy Coconut Macadamia Bars
•  Chile Macadamia Brittle
•  Chocolate Graham Toffee Bark
•  Chocolate Nut Butter Brickle
•  Coconut Macadamia Pound Cake
•  Coconut Macadamia Shortbread
•  Coconut Macadamia Truffles
•  Cream Cheese and Macadamia Nut Cookies
•  Dalmatian Bars
•  Fresh Fish Fillets with Macadamia Butter
•  Key Lime White Chocolate Coolers
•  Lime and Macadamia Tart
•  Macadamia Almond Brittle
•  Macadamia Banana Cream Pie
•  Macadamia Cheese Souffle
•  Macadamia Chocolate Kisses
•  Macadamia-Crusted Halibut
•  Macadamia and Ginger Stuffing
•  Macadamia Nut Coconut Bars
•  Macadamia Nut Cream Pie
•  Macadamia Parmesan Sole
•  Macadamia Pie
•  Macadamia Wafers
•  Macadamia White Chocolate Shortbread
•  Mac-Nut Candy (Low-carb / high protein)
•  Maple Coconut Cookies
•  Mushroom Macadamia Tart
•  Pineapple Macadamia Nut Bread
•  Strawberry Macadamia Nut Muffins
•  Sweet Crunchy Nuts
•  White Christmas Bars In A Jar