I”m going to be honest: I’m hopelessly addicted to Archer Farm’s Caramel Cashew Trail Mix. It is by no means a healthy snack (or by any means the worst one), and its definitely my “guilty pleasure”. I just can say no to scooping some up during a Sunday night movie session or when the afternoon cravings settle in. And if I’m going to continue to be honest: I’d be fine with them leaving the cashews out so it was just a tub of M&M’s, peanuts and Milk Duds. I literally pick around the cashews and put up with the peanuts just to go to the candy. Hey, I told you I was being honest.
Okay so I keep finding myself left with these plastic Trail Mix jars that are 1/4 full of delicious cashews and I needed a way to use them so that we’d consume them rather than let them go to waste. We’re big fans of maple syrup at our house—we use it to sweeten our coffee and just about anything else, because it’s natural and actually has health benefits such as minerals and vitamins! So, with that in mind I set out to try making maple-glazed cashews that were sweet & savory with a little spice to top it off. I also love that this recipe for Spicy Maple Baked Cashews with Chia Seeds has the benefits of chia seeds, which are loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other micro-nutrients. I made this recipe three times before finding the right combo, but I was super happy with the final result. Enjoy!
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chia seeds
Place 1 cup unsalted cashews in a bowl. Top with 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup and stir until the nuts are coated with syrup. Spread the nuts out on a pan covered in parchment paper. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and chia seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, flip, then bake for 5 more minutes. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes on the pan, during which the syrup will harden like a glaze. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.