I remember when growing up my Dad always had a can of roasted & salted cashews and I loved sneaking a few of them! Cashews are a popular nut to snack on. Something I didn’t realize until recently is that cashews are actually a seed!
Cashews can be a nutritious snack.
The cashew is healthy and rich in nutrients. This often comes up, but like many plants, they do contain oxalates which are anti-nutrients. It is believed that soaking cashews can remove these oxalates. There was a study done that shows that doing so actually removes mineral composition. Heating can also remove some of the antioxidants, so what do we do? Eat plain raw cashews? I did for a couple of years but got bored with them. Then I got to thinking that I’m not eating these as a meal, they’re a SNACK! I’m against using veg oils so buying roasted cashews isn’t really the healthiest choice… so let’s make some healthy roasted cashews and enjoy this snack!
Ghee vs Oil
Ghee is clarified butter and is a great substitute for using oil! Grass-fed is even better and more nutritious! We’re only using 1 tbsp in this recipe and there are about 16 servings. I often state, small things add up over time–good and bad. Veg oils = bad. Grass-fed butter = good! 😉 Are you worried about saturated fat? I’m not. The best lipid profile (cholesterol) tests I ever got was when I started using more quality saturated fat! It is important to note that ghee’s cholesterol can become oxidized when it is made whereas butter’s is not. I still think it is better to use ghee than vegetable and seed oils. In cases like this where we don’t want “roasted milk solids from butter,” ghee is the better choice. I cook my eggs in butter, but not ghee. Does that make sense? Read more about ghee here.
Salty is fine
If you’re worried about salt like I was for a while, it isn’t really as bad as what “they” say it is. Here are my thoughts on that. Basically since NOT restricting my salt/sodium intake; my energy, sleep, and athletic performance are better WHILE maintaining an average blood pressure of 110/70.
I hope you enjoy these roasted cashews as much as I do. The butter flavor gives it an extra bit of yumminess!
If you want to substitute something for the butter… please don’t even bother unless you truly have a dairy allergy.
- 1 Medium sized mixing bowl
- Some Paper Towels
I specifically use certain ingredients and will link to them. I have valid reason(s) for choosing those items. Substituting other types may not yield the best nutritional results. Quality of ingredients matter!
- Melt 1 tbsp Ghee – Grass-fed and pour in the bowl.
- Add 1 pound Raw Cashews
- Add 1 tsp REAL Salt to taste. More or less.
- Mix all ingredients very well! Each nut should be shiny from the melted ghee.
- Place the nuts scattered on an air fryer screen OR sheet pan.
- In an air fryer (convection oven), cook at 350°F for about 8 minutes.
- If using multiple racks, rotate them. Bottom rack to the top and top to the bottom. If using a regular oven, shuffle the cashews around on the pan.
- Cook for another 3-5 minutes or so until toasty and golden brown. KEEP AN EYE ON THEM! They can burn up quick!
- Lay out a few sheets of paper towels and pour the cashews onto them.
- Add a layer of paper towels on top and lightly press around. This will remove some excess butter.
- Discard the top layer of towels and let cool.
- Place the cooled cashews in an airtight container and enjoy! I doubt you'll keep them around for too long they're so good!