Happy Monday, Friends! I have a little something for you to help kick-start your Monday: Sriracha Honey Roasted Cashews. I hope you’re as excited as I am!
The idea for Sriracha Honey Roasted Cashews came from an advertisement for one of those order-a-box-of-fresh-healthy-food-and-it-comes-straight-to-your-door companies. Their example of a snack item was sriracha roasted cashews. I heard that and just had to find out what that would taste like, because I love sriracha on everything – even in my ketchup – and nuts are a daily part of my life. And let’s be honest, cashews are THE best!
Guys, I know how much you love a healthy snack such as nuts, right? You can rely on nuts; they’re packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats to provide fuel for your body. They are quick and easy: grab a handful, walk out the door and toss them in your mouth as you climb into the car. They travel well. Throw them in a baggie and you can keep them in your purse, car, suitcase, or office for months. There are a variety of different types of nuts, and don’t even get me started on seeds. My point is, nuts are there for you when you get hangry at 3:00, or when you run out of time for a proper meal, and they’re a snack you can feel good about. Plus they’re delicious.
Yet, with all of the varieties of nuts there are, somehow they can turn on you, and you get sick of them. You’re like, “ugh not another plain old nut again. Maybe I should head to the vending machine for a candy bar. Just for today.” You end up going for the candy bar because you just NEED to have something different, and you end up feeling…well like you ate a candy bar at 3:00. Your brain is in some deep fog for the rest of the day, your energy has hit the floor, and you just want to go to bed. You begin wishing you would have eaten those nuts instead of that stupid, no-nutrition-yet-oh-so-delicious candy bar!
Sriracha Honey Roasted Cashews to the rescue! They will solve all of your snacking problems, ever! Not really, but they will add a little spice into your 3:00 snack time, literally.
Sriracha Honey Roasted Cashews have that unique spicy flavor that only sriracha can provide, with plenty of sticky, caramelized honey, and cashews that have been roasted to crunchy perfection. You could make these with any nuts you prefer, but I really love the sweet creaminess of the cashews with the sriracha-honey combo.
If you’re worried about the spice level, I would rate it as mild to medium with a subtle building heat. You’re going to want some water nearby, but it’s nothing that will set your mouth on fire for an hour. Best part is, you are in control. If you don’t want them to be so spicy, then simply back off the sriracha a little.
Side note: sriracha is a really hard word to spell! It’s tripping me up every single time! I want to spell it, siracha. Let’s spell it together: S-R-I-R-A-C-H-A, sriracha. Good, I think I’ve got it down now!
These sticky little dudes would also make a great party snack food, although I suggest placing napkins nearby for guests to wipe their fingers on.
Did I mention that Sriracha Honey Roasted Cashews only take 20 minutes to make? I bet you already have all the ingredients on hand, too. No excuses this week for vending machine candy bars at snack time!
- 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sriracha *
- 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
- Extra salt for sprinkling on at the end
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a medium-sized baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
- Roast the cashews for 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
- In a medium-sized bowl mix the spices, sriracha, and honey together. I suggest adding in less sriracha and giving the sauce a taste to determine if you want to add more.
- Add the cashews to the sauce and stir until they are well coated. Transfer the cashews to the baking sheet. Spread them out in a fairly even layer. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring the nuts every 5 minutes. The liquid should mostly be cooked down; the honey on the nuts should be slightly caramelized.
- Sprinkle the nuts with a little salt. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes before handling. Once they are cool enough to touch break the big clumps apart. I like to leave some clusters of nuts.
- Serve once they are completely cooled.
- Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 to 3 weeks. They may last longer.
I used the 2 tablespoons sriracha and 3 tablespoons honey, which I thought gave the nuts a nice balance. If you want to tone down the spice level I would try reducing the sauce mixture to 1 tablespoon sriracha and 2 tablespoons honey. You could reduce the sriracha even more, but you will need to add more honey to make up for the lack of volume. Therefore you will end up with a sweeter nut, which will still be delicious.
Nutrition info is calculated for a serving size of about 2 tablespoons.