Sweet Heat Cashews

I’m looking for things that I can take with me for my birthday beach trip this coming week, and I love my cashew snacks.  This was a new creation for me, and I have to say it is really cool.  I know that it seems like a really weird word to use, but it is appropriate. They taste sweet, and then there’s a slow burn that comes after from the cayenne. They’re not too spicy for me which means that they might not be spicy at all for some.  If you have an affinity for spice, feel free to add more cayenne to the original amount.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups raw cashews or other nuts (I like the bits and pieces so that there is more surface area for the flavors)
  • 3 Tbsp ghee (or any paleo approved fat)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp coconut sugar (found at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s)

Method:

Combine all ingredients except for the ghee and cashews in a small bowl. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the ghee and cook the cashews until they are a dark toasty color, stirring frequently. Add the seasonings and cook over medium head for an additional five minutes. Pour nuts onto a cookie sheet covered in paper towels. Allow to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

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