Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews

Honey mustard is the Bedazzler of foods. Your grilled cheese lacks pizzazz? Give it a smear of honey mustard. Fries tasting bland? Dunk ‘em in honey mustard. Cashews sitting lamely in the nut bowl? Transform them into Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews instead!
Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews
What the Bedazzler did for the denim of the ‘70s, honey mustard will do for your cashews, except that Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews are fairly classy, and you can’t buy them off of an infomercial. Forget the six easy payments of $9.99—all we need is a few simple ingredients and our ovens.

By the way, do you have any idea how many Bedazzler options are available on Amazon?  No acid wash denim jacket is safe.

Honey Mustard Cashews. A little honey and heat make these cashews absolutely irresistible!

Honey Mustard Roasted CashewsNow that I’ve distracted you with shiny objects, it’s appropriate to confess that I have never particularly cared for cashews. While the other party guests pick through the mixed nuts to fish out every last cashew, I happily swoop in for the neglected almonds, peanuts, and even Brazil nuts.  Yes, friends: I will choose the awkwardly large Brazil nut over the cashew. Every. Single. Time.

Unless of course that cashew is a Honey Mustard Roasted Cashew, in which case my elbows are pointy, and I dare you to interfere with my quest to reach the nut bowl first. Sweet honey and savory dry mustard coat our cashews in a golden cloak of flavor that transforms them from bland to brilliant.

To give Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews extra depth, I added smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne. The smokiness is subtle and the cayenne throws a surprise little kick at the end. The result is a salty-sweet-spicy-smoky blend that, when tossed and roasted with buttery cashews, creates an irresistible nutty munchie. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes of active effort, and the results are outrageously addictive.
Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews. EASY and totally addictive.Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews are best eaten by the generous handful. Once you try them, you will realize it is the only feasible method of consumption. Forget dainty nibbling—pile your plate and stuff your pockets before the other party guests beat you to it.

Finally, watch out for the pointy elbows. When Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews are on the line, there’s no telling how I, er, the other guests, may behave.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday! Ben and I will be heading south to Kansas to celebrate Christmas with my family, and I’ll be taking a little time off from blogging. If I am slow to respond to your questions and comments, please bear with me. I’m probably stuffing my face with Honey Mustard Cashews and will get back to you as soon as I can get my head out of the nut bowl.

Looking for more easy, addictive appetizer recipes? Try my Whipped Feta Crostini, Thai Spice Crispy Edamame, or Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip.

Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews

Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews are sweet, salty, a little smokey, and absolutely addictive. This easy recipe takes only 10 minutes of active effort and is a perfect party appetizer and makes a great gift.

Yield: 2 cups cashews

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground dried mustard
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups raw whole cashews


  1. Place a rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, mustard, salt, and paprika. Add cashews and fold gently until all of the cashews are evenly coated. Spread the nuts into a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 13-18 minutes, tossing the nuts at the 5 minute intervals to ensure they cooked evenly. Check frequently starting at the 10-minute mark to ensure the nuts do not burn. Remove from oven and cool.

Even after they are cooled, the cashews will stick together a bit but are easy to separate. Break them apart as needed (or just eat two cashews stuck together instead of one!) Once they are cooled, Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook, a cookbook I love and highly recommend.

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...


  1. What the Bedazzler did for the denim of the ‘70s, honey mustard will do for your cashews <– LOL! Love this. And, I LOVE these cashews. I would have never thought of covering them with honey mustard, but it can only make them get-in-my-face-right-now delish! Plus, I am slightly addicted to smoked paprika. Pinned girl!

  2. Cashews are my favorite nuts, and this recipe just sounds delicious. I never thought of making

  3. My daughter is in love with honey mustard EVERYTHING so she will be in heaven if I make her these with a hint of cayenne and paprika!

  4. Dang, you are smart! We really enjoy honey mustard, my brothers especially love it with their fries, and I think it is amazing on just about anything:) Nuts with honey mustard – so genius! This sounds incredible! Pinned!

  5. I bet they are delicious. Love mustard in all sorts of things. I’d love to taste these!

  6. These look delicious Erin! I am a huge fan of glazed and roasted nuts, it’s actually dangerous if I make them as I could definitely crunch through the whole batch… good thing I have a husband who will fight me for them :) Thanks for the gorgeous recipe, wishing you and Ben a very merry Christmas! xx

  7. well you can have the Brazillian nuts while I will be looking out for the hazelnuts variety. This looks so addicting, esp with that smoked paprika. Have a great time with the family :)

  8. Oh wow that is definitely something I know I would love. Definitely need to give these a try! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  9. This is pretty much my ideal appetizer in the world!

  10. These look awesome and SUCH great photos!

  11. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    I love brazil nuts as well, but I’m sure I’d like these cashews 324839048 times better. They look addictive!
    Enjoy your time with your family and loved ones! x

  12. I’m totally doing as advised… eating by the generous handful!!!
    Sending warm wishes from San Diego to you and your family. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  13. I just started to like honey mustard and I always love cashews. Yum!

  14. These just got added to the New Year’s Eve party menu! I can’t wait to dig in!

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  16. These Cashews looks delicious! I love snacking on nuts. I have to give this a try!

  17. Hi Erin! First off, Merry Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Second, these look delicious. I agree…honey mustard does wonders!

  18. I love cashews! When I was younger my mother had to try and hide the tin so I wouldn’t eat all of them!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  19. Honey mustard is only my favorite flavor ever! These nuts are a winner.

  20. These look mega amazing, doll!!!

  21. Oh yum! I love cashews and amped up with Honey Mustard I know I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off them!

  22. These look awesome Erin! I love snacking on roasted nuts and these cashews sound fantastic with honey mustard! Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and Happy New Year!

  23. Oh mah goodness. I want to dig in and eat until the bowl is empty. Pinned.

  24. You are hilarious!!! The bedazzler!!! I just cracked up!!! And for some reason, I can’t say ‘bedazzler’ without doing jazz hands …
    Mmmmmm these look amazing!! I can’t wait to make these!! I love snacking on almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and yes – cashews! I usually just like a little sea salt – but this takes it to a whole new level!! The heat from the cayenne paired with the sweet honey – I want to eat them now! I don’t even want to wait the 25 minutes to make these! (I should also note, I’m totally not hungry – we just finished dinner! But these sound sooo good!) Pinning!!

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  28. My hubs and his buddies are down in the basement playing some friendly poker! I remember you had posted this recipe and stored it away in my memory bank. I had some leftover nuts saved in the freezer from holiday baking…got those babies out and whipped this recipe right up! Total crowd pleaser! So easy and so tasty. The honey makes for a unique candy crunch. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leah, I’m so pumped that you tried (and loved!) these recipe! Aren’t those cashews just the most deadly delicious things? I think you just solidified your basement as the favorite place for game night. Where yummy food is made, boys follow, lol. Thank you so much for taking time to share your review. Makes my day!

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  37. Christine Zurhellen Reply

    My Christmas present to my husband, I know I’m cheap. But he’ll gobble them up and I don’t have to worry about him putting on too much weight.

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