These bacon cashews only have four ingredients, and they're a total snap to make. Eat them on their own or use them to top soups, salads, or your favorite bowl!
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Bacon Cashews: 4 Ingredients, Less than 30 Minutes

Smoky, salty, slightly-sweet Bacon Cashews only have four ingredients, and they're a total snap to make. Eat them on their own or use them to top soups, salads, or your favorite bowl!
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword bacon cashews, cashew bacon, vegan bacon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1/4 cup = 1 serving)
Calories 146kcal
Author Becky Striepe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw cashews I recommend whole cashews for this recipe, but you can use halves and pieces. Just reduce the baking time by 4-8 minutes.
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients, making sure to coat the cashews really well (and really evenly!).
  • Spread the cashews out on on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. If there’s any liquid left in the bowl, use a spoon or rubber spatula to scrape it out, and drizzle it over the cashews.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes, stirring every 4 minutes, being especially careful to check the cashews on the edges of the pan. Those will burn first, so make sure to stir thoroughly each time. During the last 4 minutes, I recommend checking on these babies every minute or two, to prevent burning. You don’t have to stir every minute, but definitely check in. The variance in baking time depends on a lot of things. Whole cashews will need more time, halves and pieces will need less (maybe even less than 16, so keep a close eye!). Humidity in your kitchen will also impact cooking time. Your bacon cashews are ready when the pan is on the dry side, the cashews have darkened a bit, and the house smells amazing. If you taste one while it’s cooking, don’t worry if it’s a little bit chewy – like coconut bacon, these bacon cashews will get crunchier once they’re cooled. Trust me: I burnt my first batch, because I was waiting for them to get crunchy. Don’t be like me!
  • Let them cool to room temperature – about 10-15 minutes – then transfer to your storage container of choice. DO NOT store them until they cool completely, because then you'll get condensation in your container, and that will make your cashews moldy. 
  • Your bacon cashews will keep for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. And, I’ll be honest, I kept mine for a full week and lived to tell the tale. But officially, I am saying 2-3 days.

Notes

adapted from Cookie and Kate’s coconut bacon recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal