13 Delicious Acorn Recipes You Should Try

Acorns…when I think of these, I always tend to think of a particularly unlucky squirrel…


Of course, acorns are a natural food source that has been around for years wherever there are oak trees. Acorns are highly nutritious, calorie-rich, and were part of the diet in Greece, Spain, North Africa, Asia, and other places.

Now, while harvesting and preparation methods will vary from place to place, you need to know what you want to do with them first.

Since they’re highly nutritious, why don’t we put together a list of edible treats that use acorns as a primary ingredient?


You typically gather your acorns as soon as they fall from the tree and bring them indoors for storage and/or leaching.

Leaching is a process used to remove tannic acid from your acorns. Once you’ve gathered your acorns, place them either in hot or cold water. Let the water draw out all the tannins.

As you go, you taste the acorns to see if the bitterness (which is caused by the tannic acid) is gone.

Note that if you use cold water, it’ll take longer and you’ll have to replace the water from time to time as it goes brown.

Let’s Get to the Recipes

1. Acorn Bread

Let’s start off simple, shall we?

Everyone likes a good sandwich from time to time, right? Well, why not have a sandwich with acorn bread?

In addition to being highly nutritious, acorns add a nice chestnut-like flavor to the bread. Of course, to make acorn bread – as with regular bread – you’ll need flour.

2. Acorn Flour

Acorn flour has a variety of uses including baking, cooking, and making sauces.

The method will vary between recipes, but in general, you’re removing the shells, leaching out the tannin, and grinding everything down into a fine powder. Here’s a good recipe to try.

Quick note: acorn flour works best when combined with other flours (corn, wheat, etc.)

3. Acorn Candy Cookies

If you like cookies, this is for you. Butterscotch, vanilla, and chocolate…sounds like a recipe for a sweet, sweet time! In fact, it sounds like it’d be almost too sweet but it’s a great party treat, and you and your family will love them. Here’s a recipe to try.

4. Acorn Ice Cream

Ice cream, anyone? Yes, this is a real thing!

If you like a nice bowl of ice cream in the summer (who doesn’t?) then this recipe will give you a nice, nutty flavored treat to take the edge off the summer heat. Here’s the recipe if you want to try it yourself.

5. Acorn Pancakes

I always seem to find some or other pancake recipe for a list like this one, don’t I? This recipe uses equal parts acorn flour and wheat flour.

The chestnut flavor of the acorns gives a very interesting flavor – especially for those who’ve never tried them – to the pancakes.

I don’t know about you guys, but that sounds pretty good to me! Try this recipe yourself.

6. Native American Acorn Meal

Acorns made up a big part of the diets of many Native American tribes and this is a nice, easy recipe to make if you want to try making meal yourself.

7. Dotori-Muk (Korean Acorn Jelly)

A Korean dish made from acorn starch, dotori-muk is typically eaten as a side dish served with carrots and/or other salad bits and bobs.

It originates in the mountainous regions of Korea and is fantastic for long journeys as it doesn’t spoil easily. Try it yourself, here’s the recipe.

8. Acorn Waffles

While pancakes are a favorite dish of mine, waffles definitely give them a run for their money. Much like the acorn pancake recipe, the resulting waffles have a nice chestnut flavor.

Of course, you can add ice cream, fruit slices (bananas work best), chocolate syrup, and whatever you like to enhance the flavor. Try it yourself with this recipe.

9. Acorn Muffins

Muffins are a staple of breakfast and teatime, they’re light, tasty, and fairly easy to make.

They don’t take long to make, and are nice, sweet treats to be enjoyed at any time you want. Here’s a recipe for you to try.

10. Sticky Toffee Acorn Bundt Cake

My mouth is watering! This is exactly what it sounds like a cake with a sticky toffee flavor.

It’s a sweet, cake with a rich toffee flavor and is made with acorn flour and topped with a sticky toffee sauce.

The rich chestnut flavor combined with the toffee sauce gives you a family favorite for all occasions. Here’s the recipe for you.

11. Acorn Meal Tortillas

Tortillas are associated with Mexican cuisine and are typically made with cornmeal.

So, if you don’t have cornmeal, you can use acorn meal as a substitute. If that’s something that you’d like to try, then here’s a recipe for you.

12. Acorn Soup

Acorns and porcini mushrooms work well together to give us this creamy soup. It’s got a rich, earthy flavor which is enhanced by a touch of sour cream or crème Fraiche.

You can also use chestnuts and regular cream if you prefer. Try it yourself, here’s the recipe for you.

13. Acorn Coffee

I love coffee, to the point where I was drinking 4 – 5 cups a day. It was unhealthy, and I definitely paid the price when I finally cut back.

Caffeine is no joke and can do serious harm to your body. So, what if your body can’t have caffeine at all? Well, that’s where acorn coffee comes in.

It has a slightly different flavor – as you’d expect and is a healthier alternative. If you want to give this one a go, check out the video below:

If there’s a healthier, tastier alternative to coffee that’s going to make you drowsy as the caffeine wears off, I want to try it.

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I love doing these recipe lists because there’s always going to be more to add later.

As humans, we’re naturally curious and so we’ll experiment with acorns and see what can be done with them.

As we experiment and find what works, we share our experiences, and thanks to Doctor Google those experiences go global!

As always, I hope you all enjoyed the article and found it informative. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you for the next one. Take care!

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