Maple Candied Cashews take just minutes to make with only a few simple, wholesome ingredients. They are slightly sweet and buttery with a satisfying crunch.
Who can resist cashews, with their buttery texture, and versatility? There are so many ways to eat them plain, cashew butter, cashew milk, cheesy sauces and even vegan cheese.
You might want to make a double batch of these cashews because they will disappear fast! They are crispy, crunchy and made without egg whites so they are vegan too!
Why you will love this recipe
- This candied cashew recipe is healthy-ish, naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
- Just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes are needed to make this amazing snack.
Here is What You Will Need
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.
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- Mixing Bowl
- Parchment Paper or a silicone mat
- Large Baking Sheet
How to make candied cashews
Prepare: Measure the ingredients, preheat the oven to 350 degrees f and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 1. Place ingredients into a bowl
Pour each of the measured ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Step 2. Mix the ingredients together
Use a wooden spoon to combine cashews with the seeds and maple syrup making sure that the cashews are coated with the syrup and seeds.
Step 3. Bake
Spread the coated cashews and seed mixture in an even layer onto the prepared sheet pan and place it into a preheated oven. Bake for 7 minutes, stir and bake until crispy (about 7 minutes longer).
NOTE: Let the cashews sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes to allow them to crisp up.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
The complete list of ingredients to make this easy candied cashews recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients, along with ideas for substitutes.
Cashews - Use raw cashews in this recipe and not roasted cashews since they will be roasted with syrup and seeds.
Maple syrup - Look for the real stuff, and not pancake syrup which is made with corn syrup.
Seeds - I like the crispy texture the combination of chia seeds and quinoa adds to these sweet cashews. But you can use any type of seed that you like. Smaller seeds such as sesame or sunflower seeds are good choices.
How to store candied cashews
Store maple candied cashews in your pantry at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a month.
What to serve with maple glazed cashews
Serve these tasty cashews as they are perfect for a snack, on a charcuterie board, add them to a salad, or sprinkle them on top of Greek yogurt or ice cream.
They also make a great homemade gift for the holidays, place them into a jar and tie a pretty ribbon around it!
Change up the nuts and use any combination of almonds, walnuts or pecans.
Sweet and salty cashews - add 1 teaspoon of tamari sauce or sea salt for a more savory version.
Spicy sweet cashews - add 1/4/ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mixing bowl.
Warm spiced cashews - add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg for warm spiced cashews.
Add extra flavor with a ½ teaspoon of vanilla, almond extract or peppermint extract.
- Use raw cashews and not roasted since the cashews will be roasted with syrup and seeds.
- To maintain crispness, make sure that the nuts are totally cooled off before storing them in an airtight container.
Cashews, like most nuts, are healthy. They are low in sugar, and rich in fiber and minerals. They are also a good source of plant protein. You can read more about the health benefits of cashews on Healthline.
You might also like these healthier sweet snack ideas
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- 2 cups raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons quinoa
- pre-heat the oven to 350
- place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well making sure that everything is coated with the syrup
- add the mixture to a parchment lined baking sheet
- bake the cashew for 7 minutes, and give them a stir
- bake for approximately 7 minutes longer or until they start to turn golden brown
- remove the nuts from the oven and allow them to cool, and crisp up
- Replace the maple syrup with an equal amount of honey
- Replace the cashews with an equal amount of almonds, walnuts, pecans or use a combination of nuts
- For a savory version add 1 teaspoon of tamari sauce to the nut mixture
- For a spicy mixture, add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mixture
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
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Momma To Go says
these look really interesting! I love nuts that have been jazzed up!
These look so delish and perfect for a cozy day inside! Yum.
Thank you Suzanne!
I love coming across new and exciting recipes like this. It's a healthy snack, but can still appeal to my sweet tooth. On top of that, it looks amazingly delicious.
Thank you AmberLynn
Elizabeth O says
I love cashews so your recipe danced before my eyes. I must give it a try.... looks delicious.
Lisa Kerhin says
What a great snack and these would make a great gift, too!
Thanks Lisa, they do make a great gift!
Sue Lau says
I never tried adding chia to nuts but it sounds like a great idea to add some extra crunch!
I love making homemade food gifts for the holidays and these will be perfect!
Liz @ Books n' Cooks says
I'm excited to try this unique twist on a seasoned nut!
These would make amazing holiday gifts! They sound delicious.
Cheese Curd In Paradise says
What an awesome snack! I love the maple coating with chai and quinoa!
Irena Macri says
I love the idea behind these. Do I need to pre-cook pre-soak quinoa or the baking part enough? Going to try these!!!
Irena you do not have to pre cookk the quinoa it toasts nicely just like the chia seeds!
Jean Choi says
I love the crunchy coating on these cashews! Roasted nuts are always my favorite and I can't wait to try these.
Yes they are nice and crunchy Jean!
Tessa Simpson says
Crunchy and delicious! I was So excited to try these, and they did not disappoint! The added crunch was really nice!
Thanks Tessa I am glad that you liked them!
These cashews are absolutely divine! I love the maple flavor!
These nuts look great, love the crunchy healthy coating too!
Don Baiocchi says
Love the sweetness and the crunch going on here. I could eat these all very quickly.
Heather Harris says
There are so many reasons not to indulge in store bought candied nuts. I love that this recipe feels like dessert but no guilt involved!
I loved the idea of sprinkling on top of yogurt!
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
What an awesome snack, or perfect for salads too!
linda spiker says
Loved the quinoa!
Stacey Crawford says
Such a great, crunchy, sweet, satisfying snack! I love the maple flavor 🙂
These are so delicious! I love the crunchy toppings.
These would be perfect as a gift for the kids teachers. Thanks for the suggestion. Adding this to my list.
Raia Todd says
Delicious snack! I love the addition of seeds and grains. 🙂
Gosh I love snacking on nuts during the day while working! I've never thought to use quinoa or chia seeds before, it's brilliant!
colleen kennedy says
Wow, way to change it up with the addition of the seeds & quinoa. Delicious!
Jersey Girl Cooks says
What a terrific snack! I love glazed nuts.
Liz @ Books n' Cooks says
Pinning to try - I love making a roasted or sugared nut for a munchie when entertaining and I love that these are healthier than most!