Have I told you about the time I drove from Los Angeles to Seattle with a Strawberry Cheesecake as a road snack? Not the most practical of options.
On the scale of really-good to really-bad ideas…. this was a really bad idea.
To be fair, the cheesecake was a gift. A road trip gift? That hardly makes any sense. Nonetheless, I’m never one to turn down a gift or a cheesecake.
This time as I travel across part of the south, I’m bringing along much more reasonable snacks: roasted nuts, cheesy crackers, and popcorn.
We’re back in an age of reason. Phew.
Honey Chai Roasted Almonds are sweet, salty and spiced. I love the crunch that the act of roasting adds to nuts.
Do you know how dangerous it is to buy a box of cheese crackers and then be left at home alone with them? The crackers don’t stand a chance. These Sharp Cheddar Cheese Crackers are even more dangerous. You’ll eat the whole batch alone and not feel the tiniest bit of remorse.
Cinnamon Kettle Corn is addictive and will totally get stuck in your teeth but it’s weirdly worth it.
These cashews are positively perfect as a road snack. Sweet, crunchy, salty, with just a touch of spice. It’s everything! I find they’re best when they stick together in roasted honey and nut clusters. Happy snacking to us both!
Honey and Mustard Roasted Cashews
makes 1 1/2 cups
recipe from the Joy the Baker Cookbook
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground yellow mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together honey, olive oil, mustard, red pepper flakes, and salt. If you happen to be using raw or thicker honey, feel free to loosen the honey with a few seconds in the microwave. Thinner honey will create a better coating for the nuts. Toss cashews into mixture and stir until all of the cashews are coated.
Spread cashews in a single layer on baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes until fragrant, stirring once about halfway through cooking time. Keep an eye on the cashews after about 12 minutes. The nuts can burn quickly.
Remove from oven. Toss to coat and loosen from the pat. Allow to cool before enjoying. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Travel safe , Joy! I hope fluffy cat likes to ride in the car…if not your ride could be very noisy! look forward to a blog tour of your new neighborhood and “digs.”
If this is what you’re taking to your road trip, I’m coming with you ;-)
Amazingly delicious and just perfect for road tripping!
Natalie @ Paper & Birch
Love this Joy! I make a lot of nut mixes for the husband’s poker games – and this looks great! Thanks for sharing this :)
kettle corn with cinnamon, add some coconut shreds or coconut oil and it would smell SO GOOD.
WHAT!!!! These look amazing. I can’t stop snacking so love to have more ideas… thanks :)
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
I know I’d eat way too many of these in one sitting!
Oh my goodness, all those awesome pictures tempt me so badly to splurge in snacks! I adore cashews and honey, so that snack recipe is looking quite promising, especially from my growling stomach’s point of view, haha.
And thumbs up for the print recipe feature. I don’t know why, but many cooking bloggers forget how cool that is.
Hope you and your cutest little kitten are doing well with the moving away and all! Looking forward to read a new post & updates from you!
I love the idea of honey and mustard roasted cashews – I usually just roast nuts with some cinnamon and maple syrup, but will definitely try this combo!
um, holy deliciousness! i may try this mix on some chickpeas and report back.
Katrina @ WVS
I just want cashews for every meal!!
Hi Joy- This is not nut related, my apologies. But it does have to do with Mardi Gras and doughnuts, and for those reasons I thought you’d be interested in this article on NPR. Enjoy!
Can’t wait to try this out! You’re definitely making me want to go on another road trip ASAP!
Rachel @ Cloudberry Lane
One of my favourite snacks, this looks so much better for being homemade though. Must try soon!