Thursday, October 16, 2014

Honey-sesame cashews


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!


Honey-sesame cashews
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

25 comments:

  1. These sound fantastic - and I'm pretty sure I'd be addicted too!

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  2. I love those honey cashews! Can't wait to try these in my kitchen. I see an addiction waiting to happen.

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  3. Damn delicious cashew snack!
    your photograph is awesome, tickle my taste buds for sure....

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  4. Coconut oil and honey and sesame cashews - yum!!! Love that they are not too sweet! These would make a wonderful gift come Christmas!

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  5. I could not have these anywhere near me. I would eat the entire bowl----sometimes I nut at a time and other times handfuls at a time. I would get the bowl empting task done in no time at all. Delicious.

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  6. These look great and I would like to snack on a handful right now!

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  7. This sounds very addictive, Amy.
    I tried a similar combination with walnuts but I think cashews add an even much nicer flavor to the spice mixture.

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  8. These would totally become my new favorite snack! YUM!

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  9. I have not seen these cashews at Trader Joes, but the next time go I will look for them. Until then it is nice to have this recipe.

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  10. Oh, yeah! I could eat a bowlful of these delicious cashews!

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  11. Oh, I love these cashews from Trader Joes, love that I can now control the amount of sugar. Thanks Amy!

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  12. It looks and sounds like you definitely hit the jack pot!

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  13. I have never tried honey sesame cashew but I love candied nuts and these look awesome!

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  14. Oh gosh, I buy all the trader joes nuts all the time! haha Love that you made these at home - they sound delicious!

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  15. These look insanely delicious and very addictive! I love that you recreated them at home Amy!

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  16. My husband loves all sorts of nuts, but he's been eating cashews lately while watching TV... I can imagine he'll love this honey sesame flavor. They look really yummy!

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  17. These honey cashews look very delicious and addictive! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing, Amy.

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  18. These look delicious and healthy! I love copycat Trader Joe's recipes!

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  19. Amy, these cashews sound and look awesome...totally addictive.
    Have a wonderful week :)

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  20. Oh wow, these look dangerous. Cashews are my favorite, so I'm sure I'd get myself into trouble with these!

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  21. this is one addictive snack....we just can't stop with a handful of this delicious sweet,savory cashews with a crunch from sesame,a winner,thanks :-)

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  22. They look amazingly good. I've never tried flavoring nuts - this is a great combination of flavours. :)

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  23. using coconut oil for this application is a really great idea! i love cashews in any form but this sounds particularly amazing.

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  24. This is a truly great and healthy snack! Can't wait to prepare it and indulge into them while watching a film!

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