Snack Attack: Smoky and Spicy Candied Cashews

I love cashews. I love paprika. I love sweet things. I love all of them combined. So that what I did it. These are like eating toffee covered nuts. Beauty.

I really wish I didn’t have an allergy to nuts. I had to get these out of the house right away because I couldn’t stop eating them. Stupid allergy. But if you are wanting to feed your super bowl guests well, this would be a perfect recipe. They will be snacking for days. Or minutes.

Ok, so I’ve been trying to get into Breaking Bad because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE talks about how addicting it is. But I’ve watched the first season and I’m still a bit unsure. It’s pretty depressing, guys. I mean, something is always going wrong, multiple times a day. How can that many things go wrong in one day? It’s just not realistic.

Anywho, I’ve started to pack up for my move to a new apartment. I’m finding things I forgot I even had. Like shoes. How do you forget about shoes? Well, my current closet is the size of 30 pack of beer. That may not make sense to you, but it does to me. It’s small. So things get lost easily in there. Shoes, shirts, headbands, socks. Damn socks.

I’m also finding things I haven’t used in a while. Even though they are in plain sight, I kind of forget about them because they have collected so much dust. I hate dusting. Something I need to work on for my new place. Now that I’ve noticed it, I think I want to make ice cream soon. Yeah. I definitely do.


Snack Attack: Smoky and Spicy Candied Cashews

  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together honey, coconut oil, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the cashews to the bowl and coat in the mixture. Pour the cashews on the baking sheet and spread out.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together coconut sugar, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt. Sprinkle the crystal mixture on top of the nuts.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, tossing the nuts every 5 minutes to ensure they cooked evenly.
  6. Remove from oven, slide the parchment paper onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  7. Once the nuts have cooled, break apart the pieces that have stuck together.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


43 thoughts on “Snack Attack: Smoky and Spicy Candied Cashews”

  1. i felt the same way about breaking bad, but KEEP WATCHING. seriously. just do it. you wont regret it. kind of like when i make these cashews and eat them all in one sitting…..

  2. I’m definitely making these for our paleo-ish Super Bowl party. Thanks! I hate my allergy to nuts, too! It really is the worst.

  3. These look amazing! Pinned them for after my Whole30 (just 8 more days!). I totally found Breaking Bad too depressing/scary and stopped watching after the first season. Anything more intense than The Wire is too intense for me!

  4. If you want a new show to watch, I highly recommend 2 Broke Girls. SOO funny and the the humor on the show couldn’t be better. It’s better then New Girl – yup I said it and it’s true 🙂

  5. My friend kept wanting to give up on Breaking Bad during season 1 too (same as you, thought it was too depressing!), but we encouraged him to keep watching. He didn’t regret it! It starts to take on some comedic aspects soon…. Darkly comic, but less depressing. 🙂

  6. I started paleo a week ago and have made about 1,000 of your recipes already. Well….maybe not a thousand but every day one or two meals are recipes from your site. I must admit I’m addicted to your site! Saw the banana muffin recipe yesterday afternoon, made it this morning (after putting your honey ginger apple shredded pork in my crockpot). Waited for today’s post – it’s a snow day here in NJ so I’m chillin’ literally – and will be making it ASAP. Thanks for being awesome!!!!

  7. I can’t get into Breaking Bad either. I tried, I really did! But like you say, it’s SOOOO depressing, I’d rather fill my TV time with happy stuff.
    Can’t wait to make these cashews!!!

  8. You could stop watching it now and not miss out. I watched the first season and stopped because I hated it (acid soaked bodies??? Ewww). Then I ended up finishing the entire series over Christmas break and I was just disappointed. It’s just ….. Over the top. Depressing….. I don’t even know. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me.

  9. You are torturing me with this picture!! I am going to make these as soon as I get home tonight. Looks bomb!!

    Hang in there with BB…it’s soooo good. Hubby and I are almost to the end of the 3rd season and we are totes addicted!.

      1. It’s ironic that you mentioned breaking bad and then gave us this recipe because i made this tonight and it was like crack!!! Cashew crack. We can’t stop eating it is soooo good. Your recipes are seriously the best.

  10. BB season 1 sets up the rest of the series. Yes, it is dark and Walter is down on his luck. As things go wrong and right, he changes. For myself, the beauty of the show is how a good man, harshly treated, makes the wrong decisions for what he believes are good intentions. It’s like watching Anakin turn into Vader over 5 seasons.

    But yes, you have to get through season 1. It all ties into season 1, especially the final 6 epic episodes.

    Thanks for the recipes!!!

  11. Hang in there with Breaking Bad. The unfortunate things don’t stop happening but it gets pretty bad A. I’ve always been inclined to overeat nuts and this is not going to help!

  12. I was the same way about Breaking Bad and ya know what? I stopped watching. Nbd, just didn’t get the hype and didn’t feel like wasting time on it.
    …so I started Downton Abbey instead. Which is baaascially like a Victorian version of those trashy, backstabbing reality tv shows I hate to love.
    (…and if all else fails, there’s always Sherlock!)

  13. I think you’re looking at Breaking Bad from the wrong perspective. Think about it. When you’re a biology teacher who cooks meth on the side, what are the odds that multiple things DON’T go wrong in a day?

    Actually, just apply the same model to anything, really. X + Meth is probably a bad idea. Could you imagine all the stuff that could go wrong if you had to keep your tasty cashew and meth recipes straight, all at the same time… Craziness would ensue, I assure you.

  14. I think the only reason why I DIDN’T stop watching Breaking Bad in the first season is because we had it on NetFlix DVD, and I was morbidly curious just how bad could it really get??? After that, we started watching it as it came on TV, and the effects weren’t as bad; you had at least a whole week to forget the impossibilities. I will say, though, by the time we got to the last two seasons, I was only watching it as a background thing (since my partner wanted to watch it…he thought it was fabulous). Got too violent for me…I know that’s the point, mild-mannered teacher driven by something and how he changes, but I enjoyed the character Jesse far more because he went the other way. Sorry if spoilers, trying not to!

  15. I don’t know what Coconut sugar is, so can you use regular sugar? I know it wouldn’t make it totally Paleo, but I don’t follow paleo any way. 🙂

  16. My husband DVR’d the whole thing around Christmas when they had a huge marathon. We have like 50 episodes saved right now. I haaaaaaaate it. It’s horribly depressing. I watched a few episodes and just don’t like it. I can watch the news and see stories of bad stuff happening in the World, if for some reason I’m feeling too happy one day and want to get bummed out. Why watch a show about people’s lives being destroyed for my entertainment? There is literally nothing positive, that I can see, that happens to a single character in that show (and I’m up on all the spoilers). No thanks!!

  17. Juli- I must admit this is my first time writing on your blog which I have followed for the past few months… and I have a girl crush on you. (Don’t worry I’m engaged so it’s not in a creepy way!) But you are hilarious, honest, and a very creative minded chef! Can’t wait to see more from you and definitely going to start making your awesome recipes!

  18. I went through the same thing with Breaking Bad. I watched three seasons and it was just TOO much. I took a six month break and started watching it again. BEST show ever. Just let it breathe (like a fine wine). on a side note, I signed up at a new gym near my work this morning, and the personal trainer mentioned YOUR blog as a great place to find paleo recipes. I told them I already followed you and I agree! Isn’t it fun to have fans all over? xo

  19. i used to struggle with my skin just like you have talked about..and i read how you tried quitting nuts…so i gave it a whirl..BOOM my skin is now awesome. =)
    thanks Dr. Bauer

  20. Great recipe! I made these yesterday using whole
    almonds because that’s all I had on hand which work
    really well. As soon as I pulled the almonds out of the
    oven I generously tossed in shredded coconut. Super
    yum! Thanks!

  21. These are really, really, really, really, really good….really 🙂 Thanks for this one! I am always a loss as to what to do with raw cashews, so I end up getting them already roasted.

  22. Just made these yesterday. They were tasty but I was thinking next time I would add more cayenne as it did not really come out in the flavor. After sitting in a container overnight today they are very good! Which makes complete sense that as these sit the flavors come out more! Going to make these for Superbowl Sunday!!

  23. I am new to the whole Paleo way of life, about a week and a half. I am not a very good cook. That being said even I was able to make these and think they turned out great. Thank you for the simple easy to follow recipes.

  24. These were delicious and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing all of your awesome recipes. I pretty much cook something of yours every night for my husband and I.

  25. I made these and they were a lot better days after I made them. I’m not sure if I did something wrong or not but when I pulled them out of the oven, there was a lot of liquid (the honey and coconut oil) spread out everywhere. Even after letting cool it was still a bit of a mess. I had to let them sit for a few days. Maybe I used 2 T not 2 t of coconut oil, LOL. I would definitely make them again b/c the flavors were so delish! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Just made them…the only part I don’t like is…I don’t think I’m going to be able to stay out of them! Killer good.

  27. I am 7 months pregnant and have been craving spicy cashews. If I can have spicy and sweet cashews it seems like a no brainer to me! Can’t wait to try these!

  28. I am from Malaysia I made this and it was perfect and I had raving comments so now to add a kick I added fried curry leaves :o)
    Thank you for the recipe ;o)

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