Rosemary Cashews

Boy do I ever get bored with trail mix. Yeah, it’s easy to throw together, but if I’m tired of it, I’m not going to eat it. That’s our entire philosophy behind this website anyway, Paleo chili, every night, is no way to sustain this way of eating. It just gets boring.

Hopefully, these nuts will reinvigorate your trail mix and inspire you to try new combos.


  • 1 1/2 c raw, unsalted cashews*
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T rosemary, chopped
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat. Pour it all out onto a baking sheet. Bake until the nuts have browned, about 12 minutes. Toss the nuts around about half way through the baking time.

*Buy raw nuts in the bulk foods section. If you can find cashew pieces you’ll save almost half the price of whole cashews!


19 responses to “Rosemary Cashews”

  1. I am making these today and will let you know how they turned out.

  2. Wow, that was good stuff. Very slightly sweet, but mostly savory and the rosemary didn’t overpower. I loved it..would be perfect with cocktails, much better than canned nuts!!!!

  3. I liked these! Interesting mix of flavors. Addictive.

  4. Mike B.

    I made these a couple weeks ago then I twisted this recipe all around last night. Took out the rosemary and added chipotle powder (didn’t measure it tho). Switched walnuts for the cashews. They are still good. They have a little kick…some people say they’re hot.

  5. OMG! These are freaking delicious! I made a batch yesterday and ate almost the entire thing already… I couldn’t help but keep eating them. I will have to make these again and again!

  6. BUT, cashews aren’t paleo. they aren’t anything really. they can’t even be classified as a food/nut/legume/whatever-other-food-pyramid-category-you-want-to-plug-in.. they’re just cashews. they should be avoided.

  7. i don’t know if you looked at any more of our site before posting this. our philosophy is not in eating only what was considered food 10,000+ years ago…but in cross referencing those ideas (paleolithic theory/ evolutionary biology/ anthropological evidence) with modern science. cashews can be classified though…and basically they’re a seed. it’s quite hard to whittle down foods into what “is” and “is not” paleo for several reasons. some revolve around the semantics of the word (which i have written about and won’t here). but more importantly it’s contradictory to label a cashew (in the non-toxic form it’s purchased in) “not paleo”…when by that definition, basically nothing would be (think: domesticated grass fed beef, olive oil). we have to use modern foods to approximate a hunter/gatherer, paleo metabolism. mat lalonde and other paleo advocates are not against cashews. so i guess it just depends on who you ask. most grains, abundant fructose, and abundant linoleic acid are generally agreed upon to be toxic even in the form we purchase and consume them…these other foods fall in the grey area.

    please understand that there are alternate, reasonable explanations for what “is” and “is not” paleo. to deem something “not paleo” is dogma and mischaracterization, in my opinion.

    but we are not out to tell anyone what to eat or what to believe, and i know what you’re saying about possible toxins with cashews. we offer our opinions and what we mindfully choose to eat, for them to be taken and used as each individual sees fit.

  8. Ok, I read Bekah’s “cashews-bad-for-you” article and find it hard to swallow. Unless you enjoy dogma for the sake of dogma, which I do not, it makes no sense to avoid cashes. Just because cavemen didn’t have the capacity or technology to safely eat something raw (which would include most of their meat) and we do, why should we keep from utilizing good food? That being said…
    These are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made some for a party and have gotten requests since. One of my favorite snacks!

  9. I made these last night and someone told me they tasted like sausage balls. I don’t know if you were going for that flavor but I do have to agree. These are amazing! Can’t believe I haven’t tried them sooner.

  10. Jennifer W

    OH. MY. Gosh. These are incredible – thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. glad you liked ’em jennifer. thanks!

  11. This is one of my favorite recipes ever — thank you! The only problem is that I can’t stop eating them . . .

  12. Made this last night…… DAMN was it good. Killer replacement for popcorn and we didn’t need to eat much to feel “full” (from a snack at that!) . We snack-portioned the rest in sandwich bags and tossed in the fridge.. had some more today and they are just as awesome cold.

    We added a little more salt and accidentally slightly over-roasted them.. but that accident turned out to be a great thing. The light undertone of smokiness just added to the sweet, hot, salty, savory flavor.

    1. hahahaha…well DAMMN you’re welcome! so glad y’all enjoyed them!

  13. Thank you so much for this!! My kids and I are going to a theme park tomorrow and this will be just the thing ( along with cocoa almonds) to help them not feel bad about no cotton candy or whatever crap they are selling at the park.

    1. i hope they like ’em!!!

  14. So I made these the other night and when they came out of the oven I spooned them into a bowl and then put them in the fridge to cool quicker… then I forgot about them! When I finally pulled them out, they ended up being a like a cashew brittle. They where amazing! So for once an oops turn out good! 😉

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