Sweet and spicy Honey Roasted Cashews are a delicious snack for cooler weather. Honey and chili powder give the yummy cashews their sweet heat and crunchy coating. Ideal for gifting.
These sweet chili roasted cashew nuts were inspired by a peanut snack we often served during our trip to Cambodia. I especially loved the peanuts we were served at our hotel with the poolside cocktails. They were perfectly salty, sweet and spicy all at the same time. I even detected a hint of lemongrass.
For my homemade version, I decided to make sweet and spicy roasted cashews instead of peanuts. The raw cashew nuts are coated in a honey-chili mixture and roasted to perfection in the oven. Afterwards they are tossed in a salt and sugar mix to keep from sticking together.
Ingredients (& Substitutions)
- honey - use liquid honey, or warm creamy honey to make it more fluid
- cayenne pepper - or other ground chili powder. Chipotle powder is great too for a smoky flavor addition
- raw cashew nuts - or other favorite nuts
- coconut sugar - white granulated sugar works too
- sea salt
See recipe card for quantities.
Microwave the honey with the cayenne pepper until liquidy
Toss the raw cashews with the chili honey mixture until they are coated
Spread cashews onto parchment paper lined baking sheet; roast for 10 to 15 minutes (stirring after 5 minutes) or until they are golden
Toss roasted cashews with sugar and salt mixture after they have cooled for 5 minutes
Hint: Allow the cashews to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. Otherwise residual warmth may cause condensation, which will liquify the honey coating again and make the roasted nuts very sticky.
The beautiful thing about this sweet and spicy honey roasted cashew recipe is that it is incredibly versatile. You can change up the types of nuts or seasonings and spices you use to make it all your own. Here are some suggestions.
- Cinnamon Honey Roasted Cashews - If you aren't a fan of the spiciness that cayenne offers, simply replace it with ground cinnamon for a festive, warming flavour.
- Replace the Cashews With Other Nuts For Honey Roasted Nuts - While cashews are a delicious nut and a favourite among so many people, you can replace them with any other delectable nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or peanuts which can help if you have plenty on hand to use up. Just make sure the nuts are whole so that they hold up to a similar roasting time as the cashews.
- Add Some Dried Fruit - If you adore trail mix-type snacks, adding a little dried fruit such as dried cranberries, apricots, or pineapple would be wonderful in this recipe. Simply stir the dried fruit into the cashews after roasting them to ensure the fruit maintains its suppleness.
These easy honey roasted cashews are sure to get eaten quickly, especially if left out in a bowl. But if you need to store them for some time, simply place them in an airtight container such as a mason jar until you are ready to serve or gift them. They should keep fresh for several weeks although they may have a softer texture the longer they sit.
If you would like to store your cashews for longer, you could also place them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer. They should keep fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months although they will likely have a stickier feel to them once thawed.
- To ensure that the honey is loose enough to coat the cashews entirely, make sure you warm it up in the microwave a little. You can also warm it gently on the stove if you don't have a microwave.
- To prevent the nuts from burning, make sure you set a timer and keep a watchful eye on the cashews while they are roasting. Stirring them once in a while will ensure they brown evenly.
To make spicy cashew nuts, coat raw cashews in a mixture of honey and chili, then roast them in the oven. After roasting, add salt and coconut sugar for texture and to prevent sticking.
Overindulging in cashews can lead to stomach discomfort for some individuals. Moderation is key to avoiding any digestive issues. Stick to recommended serving sizes to enjoy them without any adverse effects.
Cashews typically have a naturally mild, buttery flavor, but when roasted with honey and chili, they can take on a sweet and spicy taste profile. Adjust the honey and chili levels to suit your desired sweetness and heat.
If you would like to give these sweet and spicy roasted cashews as gifts, you can present them in a mason jar with a cute ribbon and maybe even a recipe card. You could also make a festive label to go on the mason jar to make it look extra whimsical.
The cashews should stay fresh for 2-3 weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. However, you can freeze them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months for longer storage if you like.
Honey Roasted Cashews Recipe
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or other ground chili powder
- 12 ounces raw cashew nuts (about 2.5 cups)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or unprocessed cane sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 325°F/160°C and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Stir together honey and chili powder. Microwave for a few seconds to liquify the honey even more. Add the raw cashews and toss to coat.¼ cup honey, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 12 ounces raw cashew nuts
- Spread the cashew nuts on the prepare baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 10-15 minutes. Stir after 5 minutes and keep a close eye. Take the nuts out when they look just a little darkened. You don't want to burn them.
- While the cashews are roasting, stir together coconut sugar and salt. Let the nuts cool for 5 minutes, then toss in the sugar-salt mix.2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1.5 teaspoons sea salt
- Let nuts cool fully and store in an airtight container.
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