Maple and Rosemary Toasted Cashews are an easy, healthy, and delicious snack for entertaining guests!
Did I ever tell you about the Epic Nutcracker Disaster of 1995?
WELL. Let’s chat.
Growing up, my sister collected nutcrackers (the toy kind, not the functional kind), and would receive one every year for Christmas. She took very good care of her collection, and always took pride in bringing the pretty little guys out for decoration around the holidays. Along with all of our holiday decorations, my family always had a bowl of shell-on walnuts for the cracking and snacking on our coffee table.
Can you tell where this is going? You know me too well.
Being the practical and resourceful person I am, I assumed toy nutcrackers doubled as an actual nut cracker. False. The things are useless for cracking nuts. You learn this the hard way, when you take one of your sister’s cherished nutcrackers and attempt to crack nuts with it. In spite of your persistent efforts, you will 1.) end up with a nut that is still encased in its shell, 2.) disfigure the nutcracker, 3.) need to find hiding place for the nutcracker, slash someone to frame for said disfiguration.
One of the merits of having several siblings is having ample resources for blame diversion. So the blame circulated among the Mueller children until everyone forgot about the incident, which, believe you me, took YEARS.
While my family still breaks out the shell-on nuts, we are also big fans the convenience of shelled nuts. We’re all about having tasty and easy-to-prepare healthy snacks around the holidays, because hangriness runs thick in our blood. For snacking convenience, we keep out a continuous array of cheeses, fruit, and nuts for the eating during holiday get-togethers.
Enter: Maple and rosemary toasted cashews. #GoNuts!
This simple recipe calls for pure maple syrup and coconut sugar for some natural sweetness, along with fresh rosemary and ground cinnamon for some warm holiday flavor. Nuts are full of healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, making these a healthful snack to ward off the hangry. Bonus points: these take only 10 minutes to make. BOOM Perfect Holiday Snack Award in the bag.
No nutcrackers were harmed in the making of this recipe.
Maple and Rosemary Toasted Cashews
Add all ingredients to a 10-inch cast iron skillet and heat to medium.
Stir constantly for 8 to 10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and nuts are golden-brown and crispy.
Remove skillet from heat and allow cashews to cool slightly before serving.
This post is sponsored by Planter’s Peanuts. I received product from Planter’s Peanuts and was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.