Roasted Rosemary Cashews (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

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These savory, earthy, and slightly sweet roasted cashews are the perfect addition for your upcoming holiday party spread, as a flavorful piece to a charcuterie board, or just to have around the house for snacking!  I love to make a huge batch of theses and give them away to friends and neighbors at the holidays, they are always a hit!  I do my best to keep them around my house as well, but with three teenagers, I seem to always be running low!

The simple but delicious combination of piney rosemary, rich ghee, and spice from the pepper is perfection in every bite.  This recipe is so quick and easy you can whip up some warm, crunchy, delicious cashew in less than 20-minutes!  The best part is that they are Paleo and Whole30 friendly and are gluten free, dairy free and egg free! 

Why Cashews are So Good For You!

Cashews are technically the seed from the cashew tree found inside the cashew fruit. They are a great source of carbohydrates, protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber when part of a whole food diet.

Cashews contain several essential vitamins:

  • Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and helps to reduce oxidative stress.
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): A water soluble vitamin that is essential in glucose metabolism and supports health heart and nervous system function.
  • Vitamin B6: Essential in supporting a healthy and strong immune system
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K1 is essential in your body’s clotting ability and is converted to vitamin K2 in your gut.  Vitamin K2 is essential in maintaining healthy bones and skin.

Cashews contain these minerals:

  • Copper: Essential mineral in the formation of red blood cells and in supporting cardiovascular health and immune function [1].
  • Manganese: Essential mineral in supporting blood sugar regulation, glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy brain and nerve function [2].
  • Magnesium: The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, it support healthy nerve functions, healthy blood pressure, and detoxification.
  • Selenium: Supports thyroid health [3] and supports your immune system.
  • Phosphorus: Supports healthy teeth and bones, muscle recovery after working out, and detoxification.
  • Zinc: Essential in digestion, thyroid health, and a healthy immune system.
  • Iron: Necessary in the formation of hemoglobin and maintaining proper body temperature.

Cashews also contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  These fats help to support heart health and cell health.  The polyunsaturated fat found in cashews is an essential fatty acid that is necessary in the health of cell membranes and supports anti-inflammatory pathways [4].

So grab some cashews and let’s get cooking!

Roasted Rosemary Cashews Ingredients

Makes approximately 6 servings

1.5 cups Raw Whole Cashews

1 Tbsp Ghee, melted

1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, minced

1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt

How to Make Roasted Rosemary Cashews

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees

2. Rinse and dry your rosemary and remove the leaves from the stem.  Finely mince the rosemary and add to a large bowl

3.  To your bowl, add the ghee, crushed red pepper flakes and salt, stirring with a spatula to mix. 

4.  Add the cashews and toss or stir to evenly coat.

5.  Spread the cashews in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, stirring every five or so minutes, until the cashews are slightly browned. 

7. Remove from oven and lay the parchment on the counter or a wire rack to cool completely.

8.  Store in an airtight container up to two weeks, enjoy!

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Q: Can I use other nuts for this recipe?

A: Yes, but keep an eye on them as roasting times will vary on the type and size of the nut.

Q: Why are my cashews chewy?

A: They still have some moisture in them.  Next time make sure they cook long enough: test a few before removing the entire pan by cooling 1-2 on a clean plate.

Q: What type of salt is best?

A: Try to find a super fine salt, or even grind some up with a coffee grinder or blender.

If you like this recipe, check these out!

Sea Salt Roasted Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds):  Pumpkin everything is my motto each fall and I love to use a lot of fresh pumpkins in my recipes.  This easy recipe ensure you enjoy everything pumpking down to the seed!  Salty, crunchy, and so nutritious, you’ll eat them by the handful!

Cauliflower Cashew Hummus:  Creamy earthy hummus that is Paleo and Whole30 friendly! Perfect when paired with fresh veggie sticks!

Paleo Energy Bites: Sweet cashews and coconut are a perfect pair in these delicious and easy energy bites! Perfect for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack!

I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. – Amy

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