Wednesday, May 28, 2014

{Crazy-Good Recipe!} Honey Sriracha Cashews





I have been trying to eat much healthier lately, and two things that have been my savior on this journey are nuts and sriracha. I love nuts for snacking (cashews and pistachios are my favorites), and sriracha makes pretty much anything taste a billion times better. (My go-to meal lately is eggs, guac, brown rice, and loads and loads of this yummy, spicy sauce.)

So, needless to say, I was pretty psyched a few weeks back when our monthly Naturebox arrived with a package of Sriracha Roasted Cashews tucked inside. My husband I were so excited--for about an hour. (That's how long it took the two of us to polish off the entire bag. Oops.) So I took to Pinterest, naturally, to see if I could find a way to recreate them.

I stumbled on a recipe from Heather's Dish, whipped it up immediately, and people? It is fabulous. The glaze has a great kick, and when it's smothered over the nuts, you get the perfect mix of sweet, spicy, and crunchy. I would venture to say it's utterly impossible to limit yourself to one or two handfuls. Or five handfuls for that matter. And for anyone worried: It's not too, too spicy. (For reference: I'm someone who goes for mild to maybe medium salsa--never hot--and these are perfect for me.) They're also incredibly easy. They take five minutes (literally) to make. 

INGREDIENTS {Recipe courtesy of Heather's Dish}

2 cups roasted unsalted cashews (make sure they're unsalted!)
1-1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
salt to finish (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine the honey, sriracha, and soy sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
2. Lay out some parchment paper on a countertop or baking sheet. [Note: I used wax paper on a baking sheet and it worked perfectly.]
3. Simmer for about five minutes until the mixture is very thick and has reduced by about half.
4. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the cashews in, stirring vigorously until they are all covered with the sauce.
5. Pour onto the parchment paper and spread into an even layer.
6. Sprinkle lightly with salt if desired. [Note: I desired. I added maybe two small pinches of salt and it was delicious.]
7. Allow to cool completely before eating.

Ok, now, GO. Make these. Now. You won't regret it, I promise. Then, come back and tell me what you think below. Just don't blame me when you become addicted, too.

For more recipes like this, follow my "Healthy Recipes" board on Pinterest!

4 comments:

Meet the Magnolias said...

My husband will LOVE these!

smallspiralnotebook said...

YUMMMMM. -Felicia

Leah said...

I can't ever make these again because I can not keep my hands out of them! Awesome recipe!

Dennise Harral said...

My husband is so excited, half of his Nature Box consists of these. However, for 1/2 cup of these, it's going to cost you 400+ calories!

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