October 16, 2014

Honey-sesame cashews

Bowl of honey sesame cashews.

Cashews are roasted and coated in honey, vanilla, and sesame seeds to make a sweet and delicious snack. These make a lovely snack to have with some drinks or to set out at a party. 

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This recipe is my attempt to recreate some honey sesame cashews that I've purchased at Trader Joe's in the past. They are also similar to some cashews that I had in Thailand a couple of times. 

Roasted nuts are a favorite snack of mine and cashews are a particular favorite. These are pretty simple to put together and don't take very long in the oven. While I always enjoy roasted nuts that are simply flavored with some salt, I also enjoy them flavored in different ways.

Side view of honey sesame cashews.

These cashews only require a few ingredients (in addition to the cashews themselves). Oil (I use coconut in this recipe because I like the flavor it imparts here, but olive oil will work), honey, vanilla extract, sesame seeds, and salt. 

You need to mix up the coating ingredients, then stir the cashews in. Then bake them, top with a bit of salt, and then let them cool so the coating sticks to the nuts and hardens. 

Bake these nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Or, for a reusable option, use a silicone baking mat to prevent the nuts from sticking and the honey from burning to the bottom of the baking sheet.  

Store these nuts in an airtight container for several days. They are great to have during a game night with a drink or to put out at a party or on the patio when you are sitting out on a nice day.

Top view of a bowl of honey sesame cashews.
Yield: 2 cups
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Honey Sesame Cashews

Honey Sesame Cashews

Cashews are roasted and coated in honey, vanilla, and sesame seeds are a sweet and delicious snack. These make a lovely snack to have with some drinks or to set out at a party.


  • 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 cups raw cashews


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, sesame seeds, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the cashews until they are well coated. Pour onto the baking sheet into a single layer.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring about halfway through. You want the cashews to be golden and the glaze to be thickened and sticky. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt.
  4. Let the nuts cool completely so the glaze will be hardened and stuck to the nuts. Serve or store in an airtight container.
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Finished bowl of honey sesame cashews.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, updated text, and more to improve reader experience. 

Check out these other snack recipes: 

Maple Pecan Caramel Popcorn

Easy Roasted Edamame (Mukimame)

Sweet & Spiced Glazed Mixed Nuts 

Turmeric & Honey Roasted Chickpeas


  1. These sound fantastic - and I'm pretty sure I'd be addicted too!

  2. I love those honey cashews! Can't wait to try these in my kitchen. I see an addiction waiting to happen.

  3. Damn delicious cashew snack!
    your photograph is awesome, tickle my taste buds for sure....

  4. Coconut oil and honey and sesame cashews - yum!!! Love that they are not too sweet! These would make a wonderful gift come Christmas!

  5. I could not have these anywhere near me. I would eat the entire bowl----sometimes I nut at a time and other times handfuls at a time. I would get the bowl empting task done in no time at all. Delicious.

  6. These look great and I would like to snack on a handful right now!

  7. This sounds very addictive, Amy.
    I tried a similar combination with walnuts but I think cashews add an even much nicer flavor to the spice mixture.

  8. These would totally become my new favorite snack! YUM!

  9. I have not seen these cashews at Trader Joes, but the next time go I will look for them. Until then it is nice to have this recipe.

  10. Oh, yeah! I could eat a bowlful of these delicious cashews!

  11. Oh, I love these cashews from Trader Joes, love that I can now control the amount of sugar. Thanks Amy!

  12. It looks and sounds like you definitely hit the jack pot!

  13. I have never tried honey sesame cashew but I love candied nuts and these look awesome!

  14. Oh gosh, I buy all the trader joes nuts all the time! haha Love that you made these at home - they sound delicious!

  15. These look insanely delicious and very addictive! I love that you recreated them at home Amy!

  16. My husband loves all sorts of nuts, but he's been eating cashews lately while watching TV... I can imagine he'll love this honey sesame flavor. They look really yummy!

  17. These honey cashews look very delicious and addictive! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing, Amy.

  18. These look delicious and healthy! I love copycat Trader Joe's recipes!

  19. Amy, these cashews sound and look awesome...totally addictive.
    Have a wonderful week :)

  20. Oh wow, these look dangerous. Cashews are my favorite, so I'm sure I'd get myself into trouble with these!

  21. this is one addictive snack....we just can't stop with a handful of this delicious sweet,savory cashews with a crunch from sesame,a winner,thanks :-)

  22. They look amazingly good. I've never tried flavoring nuts - this is a great combination of flavours. :)

  23. using coconut oil for this application is a really great idea! i love cashews in any form but this sounds particularly amazing.

  24. This is a truly great and healthy snack! Can't wait to prepare it and indulge into them while watching a film!


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