For a quick and healthy snack, try these honey roasted cashews.
Remember how I said I was a serial snacker the other day? Well, it’s true. And the recent road trip sure helped to reestablish that! When you are driving across the country in a week, don’t have a lot of room for food, and still don’t want to stop a million times along the way, you try to find some healthy ideas that won’t totally bore you after the first two hours.
I shared these honey roasted cashews a little while back on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, and I wanted to make sure to include them here for the recipe index. These are THE EASIEST snack to make. And despite some weird belief that cashews and other nuts are bad for you (yes, I’ve actually heard and read people that claim such – say what?) they are GOOD FOR YOU. They are full of antioxidants and contain other trace minerals. I swear, I read this on wiki – RELIABLE. 😉 (You know, one day I’m just gonna read about all of our raw food ingredients on wiki – it’s kind of amazing to learn about the origins of what we eat!)
These honey roasted cashews are sooooo easy to make. Basically just have to coat with a little honey and butter to roast. Then when done, toss in a little salt and sugar. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add vanilla extract (although this will mask most of the honey flavor), and why not even go a little bit of cinnamon?
Easy Honey Roasted Cashews
- 4-5 cups whole raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil (much easier clean up!)
In a small microwaveable bowl, combine the honey and butter. Microwave until butter is melted (I do about 30 seconds at half power).
In a medium bowl, combine cashews and honey mixture. Toss to coat evenly.
Spread onto prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven, toss, and place back in oven for 3-5 more minutes. Watch closely to avoid burning! (When cashews hit that browning point, they change quickly.)
Remove from oven. Let stand for no longer than 1-2 minutes (if you wait too long the sugar may not stick as well).
With a spatula, push nuts together into a pile.
Sprinkle granulated sugar over the nuts and toss to coat (I like to use my hands for this part for even distribution).
Add salt to taste.
If you want to use roasted cashews (instead of raw), that works, too, and cuts down on cook time! If using this type, simply cook 5 minutes instead of 8-10.
Dress it Up:
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and/or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon for a fun flavor kick.
Here are some other snacks that you may want to try:
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