These easy honey roasted cashew nuts are perfect for snacking on and are especially good to make around Christmas time. They make delicious party food, snacks or even edible gifts.
There is nothing more tempting than a bowl of roasted nuts on the table so when I was given two gorgeous jars of honey, I knew straightaway what I wanted to make: Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts.
With Christmas just around the corner and the weather turning colder, snacking on a handful of nuts is so much more appealing than eating a few grapes, as nice as that may be!
When I first made these honey roasted cashew nuts, I used flavoured honey but the flavour was very subtle. I now like to use a good quality plain honey. After all, honey roasted nus are so tempting that you really don't need to jazz them up with extra flavours! Although I will give a few tips further down the page just in case you want to.
Honey roasted nuts are obligatory in our house at Christmas time and until a few years ago I had always bought them.
If they're something you always buy too then let me tell you just how easy it is to make them instead. I also love to make these easy caramelised pecans which are just as popular.
What ingredients are in these honey roasted cashew nuts?
These honey roasted nuts are super simple to make. You just need 4 ingredients. They are honey, cashew nuts, butter and salt. Even the salt is optional!
How do you make Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts
Just melt the butter and and honey together. You can either do that in a small saucepan or in the microwave.
Then stir the cashew nuts into the melted butter and honey mixture. Stir to coat them well.
Cover a baking tray with a layer of aluminium foil. Spread the nuts out in a single layer and bake for about 10 minutes. Give them a stir half way through to help stop them burning.
You need to keep an eye on the nuts as they are roasting as they can go from ready to burnt very quickly!
Sprinkle the salt on when you take them out of the oven.
Do you have to add salt to the cashew nuts?
The salt is totally optional and if you are making these for children you may want to miss it out. I find a light sprinkling of salt brings out the flavour and makes the nuts even more moreish!
Can you add any extra flavours?
If you want to try adding extra flavours then add a little cinnamon, mixed spice or ginger to the honey and butter. It will add a subtle hint of spice!
If you can get hold of some then try making these roasted nuts with flavoured honey. You can get amazing flavoured honey these days. Ginger and cinnamon honey are great for making these nuts but you can also get chilli flavoured honey which I think would be amazing too!
How to stop honey roasted nuts from being too sticky?
When you first take these out of the oven they will seem very sticky but the honey will harden as they cool. They may still be a tiny bit sticky. If there is a lot of honey on the kitchen foil then I put the nuts onto a separate tray to fully cool.
Another way of stopping the nuts from being too sticky is to add a sprinkling of sugar as well as the salt. I don't usually do this though as I think they are sweet enough.
How long do these nuts stay fresh?
After roasting the nuts they should keep fresh for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. You can store them in the fridge to make them last a bit longer or even freeze them for up to three months.
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Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts
- 20 g butter
- 30 g Honey
- 250 g cashew nuts
- Freshly ground sea salt
- Put the butter and honey in a bowl and heat in the microwave until melted.
- Stir the cashew nuts into the honey and butter mixture.
- Put the cashew nuts onto a baking tray lined with aluminium foil.
- Bake in the oven at 180C for about 10 minutes until they are golden brown. Stir half-way through. They may need a couple more minutes. Be careful as they can very quickly burn.
- Sprinkle the salt onto the nuts. Leave them to cool.
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