Pili nuts have an array of nutrients. As Nutrition Data shows, they contain a lot of Manganese, Thiamin and Phosphorus. On the negative side, they're high in saturated fat and in Omega 6 fatty acids. (To prevent chronic disease, we need to increase the volume of foods in our diets that are higher in Omega 3s, like walnuts, as the George Mateljan Foundation explains.) Another negative is their price: a 5 1/2 ounce can (150 grams) costs $12.98. But maybe the high price is a good thing, as it keeps us from eating more than a few at a time, just as a treat.
They add a certain something to raw vegan recipes, as we found when we blended 1/4 cup of pili nuts to our batters for dehydrated pancakes, and a few to salad dressings and sauces. They would also add creaminess to a smoothie or to a raw vegan ice cream recipe. And while we're talking about sweets, we should mention that Stephen James Organics also carries a chocolate version of the pili nuts. In either flavor, they would make a nice stocking stuffer for the holidays.