Nuts are a popular snack food. And why not, consumed in moderation they are a healthy addition to your diet and they taste so good. If you enjoy using honey to make good food even better, you will love this recipe for making honey roasted cashews toasted to perfection.
A small handful is a quick snack. And, honey roasted cashews are great as a topping on your favorite yogurt. This simple treat can be made ahead and added to a lunchbox in a snap.
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Are Honey Cashews Good for You?
First, let’s get this over with – cashews do contain fat. But. these are mostly unsaturated fats. Remember, everything in moderation – these types of fats can actually be good for you.
Cashews are low in sugar and high in fiber. Like many other nuts and seeds, they are antioxidant powerhouses.
They provide copper, magnesium and other nutrients that are important for a good immune system and brain health. Per serving, cashews provide almost the same amount of protein as some cooked meats.
- sea salt
Cashews: Any type of cashew works fine with the recipe. I like to use halves instead of pieces as it makes this finger food snack easier to eat.
While some varieties have special flavors, there is no reason to pay a lot of special honey to use in this recipe.
Butter: I prefer real butter but if you want to use margarine – I won’t tell. Its a good idea to slice the butter into smaller chunks prior to melting.
Honey: Regular wildflower honey is the most common type of honey used in recipes. Any type of honey works well for glazing roasted cashews. Unless perhaps, you want to try using Jalapeno Hot Honey – that might be interesting.
Sea Salt: In any recipe that asks for a sprinkle of sea salt, it seems that coarse ground gives the best results and is easier to spread without putting too much in one place.
How to Roast Cashews with Honey – Step by Step
Melt the butter and honey either on the stove or in the microwave. Do this gently, don’t burn either one. If using the microwave, small bursts with plenty of stirring. Both honey and butter will scorch so go slowly.
Use a large bowl for mixing everything together, add nuts and honey butter mixture. Toss the nuts until all are coated.
While the oven is preheating, spread the coated cashews on a baking pan. Try to get a single layer with the nuts spread out across the pan. Don’t worry about each one – let’s not get crazy. But ,do avoid piling them together in clumps.
Though it is a bit of work, I like to use parchment paper to line the pan because I hate cleaning them. During baking, you will need to stir the honey cashews several times. Keep this in mind and do not put fill the pan too full.
Just prior to placing in the oven, a light sprinkle of sea salt is nice but optional. I am using coarse grind and only using a small amount. This does raise the sodium level so discard if you are concerned about salt levels.
Bake at 350° F for about 14 minutes – stirring several times. Be careful as the nut will be hot – allow to cool before tasting.
Honey Roasted Cashews Recipe
- Melt butter in microwave in microwave safe dish and stir in measured honey. You can melt in small bursts to avoid burning your butter.
- Pour cashews into a large mixing bowl. You are going to stir them around so have enough room.
- Pour butter honey mixture over cashews and gently toss to coat all pieces.
- Spread honey coated nuts on a flat baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (If you do not have parchment paper – you can instead butter the pan surface well.)
- If desired, sprinkle a bit of sea salt on the honey coated cashews. This can be repeated when they are removed from the oven if you want a saltier taste.
- Place cashews in an oven preheated to 325° F and cook for about 12-14 minutes – stirring every 4 minutes to promote even cooking. Don't let them burn – oven cook times can vary. Remove from over and let cool for 4-5 minutes. Take a spatula or wooden spoon and stir the cooling nuts. Don't eat them yet !! You will burn your tongue! This stir during the cooling process helps prevent some sticking together.
- When completely cool, your honey roasted cashews are ready to enjoy. Store them in an air-tight container on the counter for 4-5 days. If they last that long.
Why Cashews Cost More
Thankfully, these nutritious nuts are easy to find but expect to pay a bit more than you will for a jar of peanuts. Cashews are more expensive per pound.
These nuts are produced on a tropical Cashew Tree that is native to Brazil. The harvesting process requires extensive hands-on peeling and shelling. This extra effort adds to the final price that you pay in the store.
As tasty as they are, remember cashews are classified as tree nuts and those with nut allergies must avoid them.
Also, raw cashews are unsafe to eat because they may contain a substance called urushiol. Always properly cook them before consuming.
A few cashews a day provides energy and helps you feel full longer. The perfect combination of sweet and salt, add some honey roasted cashews to your snack line-up. These are very similar to our Honey Roasted Almonds and the two mixed together are a special treat.
These are just a couple of ways to enjoy using honey in preparing food. Everyone needs a jar of honey in their pantry. It never spoils if stored properly and can be used in so many ways.