The Simple Plate

Sesame Honey Cashews

In college one of my favorite things to snack on were these sesame & honey covered almonds I found at the store. I loved the unique nutty flavor of the sesame seeds combined with the sweetness of the honey, but they were hard to find just anywhere and over time I simply forgot about them. A lost treasure, if you will. That is, until recently when I was trying to come up with a good snack to have, but didn’t want to go to the grocery store. And I started thinking about those delicious, complex almonds. I didn’t have almonds, but I did have cashews, honey, sesame seeds, and about 20 minutes. Which is all you need to make this savory & sweet snack. If you’re unsure of the idea of sesame seeds being involved with anything other than sesame chicken, fear not. I promise this easy snack is one of the best, surprising combos you’ll have! They’re also a hit to make for parties and guests and very kid friendly in my opinion. So next time you’re seeking a sweet & balanced snack, give these nuts a try.


3 Cups raw cashews

1/4 cup honey — any kind will do but I love a good local honey!

4 tbs white sesame seeds

How To:

  1. Preheat an oven to 300 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Next, in a large mixing bowl combine all of your ingredients. Spread the mixture out onto the baking sheet, using a spatula to separate the cashews the best you can. Some will stick together, but that’s never a bad thing in my book.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven to give the cashews a toss. Bake an additional 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

Chef’s Note: Crush these guys up into some yogurt for a delicious breakfast or even atop your favorite ice cream!

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