I've been wanting to try to re-create the honey-sesame cashews from Trader Joe's for a while now. Have you ever had these? They are roasted nuts covered in a sweet honey glaze with sesame seeds. We just got a Trader Joe's here about a year or so ago. I've only been to it twice, but what I end up buying there is nuts. They are delicious and I always want to go back and get more. I wanted to make the cashews at home for less money and with better ingredients. Mission accomplished! Mine are a little less sweet as I didn't use extra sugar. You could add a bit of granulated white or brown sugar to increase the sweetness if you want. These cashews make a great snack or even an appetizer to an Asian meal. We ate them while playing some card games and enjoyed them a lot. They are addictive though - as I find all glazed nuts to be!
1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
2-1/2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons raw sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
2 cups raw cashews
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, sesame seeds, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the cashews until they are well coated. Pour onto the baking sheet into a single layer.
Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring about halfway through. You want the cashews to be golden and the glaze be be thickened and sticky. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt.
Let the nuts cool completely so the glaze will be hardened and stuck to the nuts. Serve or store in an airtight container.
What was I cooking one year ago?: slow cooker sticky Asian drumsticks with sesame savoy cabbage
Two years ago?: apple-turkey burgers with cranberry-apple relish
Three?: apple crumb tart
4?: peanut butter oatmeal cookies