Honey Roasted Cashews

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Way too fattening! 

I hear this statement all the time from weight watching folks, and I get it – I really do.

Honey Roasted Cashews

Honey Roasted Cashews

It’s true that all nuts pack a whollop of calories in a tiny little package, but you won’t see me turn them down.

A handful of nuts in a ziplock bag is the perfect snack. Those crunchy little nuggets of gold are loaded with healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants, and ultimately satisfying when hunger pangs hit.

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil

When Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of their Gold Label coconut oil, I knew the cashews and tiny bits of dried papaya I had in my pantry were destined for a roasted nuts recipe. I tossed the cashews into a bowl with melted coconut oil, honey, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne to give them a mellow kick. Then I roasted them until their nutty fragrance filled the air, and my husband was pacing the kitchen looking for a bite.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Honey Roasted Cashews

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Honey Roasted Cashews

When handfuls of dried papaya were added to the mix, I had sweet with heat – always a pleasing combination!

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil

I’m not new to the use of coconut oil. You’ll find it right alongside the olive oil in my pantry. Depending on the dish I’m building, I’ll reach for either one.

When it comes to the debate on the health benefits of coconut oil, after reading many an article from trusted resources, I’m convinced that it’s a healthy alternative. (Check out this well-written article from the New York Times if you’re looking for an unbiased review of the benefits of coconut oil.)

Tropical Traditions Gold Label coconut oil is a certified organic coconut oil that I found to be creamy, but without a strong coconut flavor. I don’t want my foods to have an overpowering coconut taste.

Thank you to Tropical Traditions for sharing their product with me. As you can see, I’ll put it to good use.

Happy, healthy cooking!

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Cinnamon and Honey Cashews
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, two if you like heat
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 cups raw cashews
  • 1 cup diced dried papaya, or any dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and take out a nonstick cookie sheet. You can line it with parchment paper, or very light coat with olive oil.
  2. Heat coconut oil, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and honey in a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds until oil melts, then add nuts and toss to coat.
  3. Spread out on a cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Bake stirring frequently to keep from burning for 10 – 20 minutes until nut start to toast. Remove and cool. Toss with fruit and seal in a container for future snacking.
Serving size: 20 each 1/4 cup servings
Notes

Calories: 284
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 8
Total Fat: 18.78g
Cholesterol: –
Sodium: 6mg
Total Carbs: 20.36g
Dietary Fiber: 1.86g
Sugars: 7.64g
Protein: 8.61g

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Comments

  1. says

    Kristi, these cashews sound and look delicious…I like the idea of using coconut oil…and the dried papaya sure adds a nice flavor with the cashews.
    Have a great weekend :)

    • says

      I found the papaya at our local PCC natural market. They were so reasonably priced that I couldn’t pass them up. You have a wonderful weekend too. The sun is shining here in Seattle, so everyone is happy here. :)

    • says

      I don’t usually spice nuts, just roast them and throw them in a sealed jar, but spicing them really adds wonderful flavor. We have sun here in Seattle, so we’re having a good weekend. I hope you do too!

    • says

      I usually have to stop my husband, or the whole container will be gone, but I’m pretty good about sticking with my handful. Have great weekend Ray!

  2. says

    I like cashews.. have never tried spiced cashews actually.. But I heard somewhere (read) that coconut oil isn’t really good and healthy.. :/

    • says

      Hi Medeja! If you’re interested you can check out this New York Times article. CNN Health also has a good article. While it’s true that coconut oil is 90% saturated fat, it contains medium-chain fatty acid called “lauric acid” that is thought to have several health benefits. Anyway, it’s my belief that all things in moderation is usually a good plan. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

    • says

      I purchase raw nuts from Fred Meyer or Trader Joe’s because they’re so affordable, then most weeks I just roast them in the oven to enhance the flavor. My husband loves them that way. Thanks for visiting! :)

  3. says

    I think low fat (and definitely no fat) has been over sold for most of us. Yes fat has more calories than protein or carbs, but it also fills you up much faster – a little goes a long way. I’ve never used coconut oil, but thanks to you, I will. Thanks for the links. And thanks for a nice post.

  4. says

    What a tasty snack! Yes you certainly did put the coconut oil to good use! And I love the addition of the dried papaya – what a great complement to the cashews!

    • says

      I found the papaya at our local pcc and it was so affordable I had to pick some up. I’ve thought about adding them to my next batch of muffins or even oatmeal. Thanks for visiting. :)

    • says

      I should have locked them up. I have self control, but my husband is a different story. Of course, if these were chips you’d have to lock them away from me. :)

  5. says

    Your Cinnamon and Honey Roasted Cashews look utterly delicious – after reading a number of recipes that list Coconut Oil as one of the ingredients and looking at your delicous looking nut mixture, I believe I should just pick up a jar at my health food store and give it a try! Cashews are my favorite nuts, I would so much like to have a taste right now…

    • says

      You’ll have to let me know how you like it Andrea. I made my husband a breakfast burrito this morning using coconut oil to saute the veggies. It was terrific!

  6. says

    I love your recipe but I can’t keep cashews in the house. They’re my favorite and I won’t have enough willpower to eat a reasonable portion. Walnuts, however, do the trick for me. I like them but not enough to overdo and usually just toss a small handful into my salads for some crunch, extra flavor and nutrition.

    • says

      You could easily adapt this recipe for walnuts and almonds. Typically I just roast raw walnuts and almonds in the oven and toss them into a jar, but this was a nice change. :)

  7. says

    Wow Kristi, I have to make these real soon. Even though nuts are a trigger food for me I try hard to refrain myself from overdoing it.

  8. says

    That is my problem too. I know that nuts are good for you and add wonderful needed fat to the diet, but it is such a trigger food for me. A small baggie of pistachios turns into eating the whole bag!

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