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Nuts and Seeds Highest in Calories

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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Nuts and Seeds Highest in Calories

For those looking to gain weight and eat more calories, nuts and seeds can be a great option. In addition to being high in protein and fiber, nuts and seeds can add a real boost to your overall caloric intake.

A one-ounce portion of nuts (about a handful) provides between 128-204 calories. Assuming a daily goal of 2000 calories (%DV) this is between 6-10% DV for a handful of nuts. Nuts and seeds high in calories include macadamia nuts, pecans, dried coconut, brazil nuts, walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seeds.

Even though peanuts are technically legumes, they are included in this list since they are a snacking food like nuts, and very similar to nuts in the culinary sense.

Below are 12 nuts and seeds highest in calories. For more, see the list of high calorie nut and seed butters, and the complete ranking of all nuts and seeds high in calories.

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List of High Calorie Nuts

1 Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia Nuts
2 Pecans
3 Dried Coconut
Dried Coconut
4 Brazil Nuts
Brazil Nuts
5 Walnuts
6 Pine Nuts
Pine Nuts
7 Almonds
8 Peanuts (Dry Roasted)
9 Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
10 Cashews (Dry Roasted)
11 Seeds (Squash and Pumpkin Seeds)
Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
12 Pistachios (Dry Roasted)

See All 61 Nuts and Seeds High in Calories

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Nut and Seed Butter with the Most Calories

#1 Sunflower Seed Butter1 tblsp5% DV
#2 Almond Butter1 tblsp5% DV
#3 Peanut Butter1 tblsp5% DV
#4 Cashew Butter1 tblsp5% DV
#5 Sesame Butter (Tahini)1 tblsp4% DV

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
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