Roasted Chili Lime Cashews for Vegan Mofo

These roasted chili lime cashews are a super easy Trader Joe's knock-off. They cost so much less than the premade kind!

These roasted chili lime cashews are a super easy Trader Joe’s knock-off. They cost so much less than the premade kind!

You guys! The Vegan Month of Food is here! It’s called Vegan MoFo for short, and it’s all about sharing delicious photos and recipes for tasty vegan eats. The MoFo lasts for the entire month of October this year, and I’m going to do my best to post lots of delicious recipes!

Since last week I was in a flurry of preparation for Crafty Bastards, I decided to whip up some healthy snacks for the road. It’s a long drive to DC, and these cashews were a treat to keep our energy up. I got the idea after seeing these very expensive seasoned nuts at Trader Joe’s.

seasoned mixed nuts

$4.99! There is no need for that. This recipe probably cost 2/3 as much and made at least the same amount, if not a bit more. Plus, you can skip the plastic packaging and put your homemade nuts into a beautiful glass Mason jar instead. I used cashew “halves and pieces” from the bulk bin at Whole Foods, which are cheaper than whole cashews. My feeling about that is that it’s all the same when they’re in your mouth. Anyway, on to the recipe!

Roasted Chili Lime Cashews


  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups salted cashews, raw or roasted is fine. If you go for unsalted, then you’ll want to add 1/4t salt.

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250F.
  2. Whisk lime juice, chili powder, and cayenne together.
  3. Toss with the cashews until they’re well coated.
  4. Spread the cashews into a single layer onto a baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes so that they cook evenly.
Are any of you guys participating in the Mofo? I’d love to hear what’s cooking!
5 comments on “Roasted Chili Lime Cashews for Vegan Mofo
  1. I want to eat these now please. Mexican food is my weakness in life. I think if you made a yummy southwestern style veggie saute (corn, peppers, onions, chilis, beans…all that goodness) and served it with these cashews crumbled on it for nuttiness and crunch, your mouth would be VERY happy.

    Also, Breakstone makes these flavored sour creams that are delicious but full fat dairy products and my cholesterol do not mix well. Any recipes for savory vegan jalapeno or chili infused sauces?

  2. Oh wow, I have a feeling that if I made these, I’d eat at least a pound of cashews in one sitting. They look so good & I love how you made Trader Joe’s awesomeness at home!

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