Maple Roasted Cashews

Last updated Nov 8, 2020 | Published on Aug 14, 2019 | Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

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You can make these DELICIOUS maple roasted cashews in about 15 minutes and with 5 simple ingredients. They are crunchy, sweet, salty, buttery, and vegan. Try not to devour them right out of the oven!

Maple Roasted Cashews. photograph by Dessert Done Light, Lafayette, la.
Maple Roasted Cashews

With school starting this week, I decided it was time to get my girls involved in making healthy school morning breakfasts. With a little meal prepping of course; haha, they would assume not have breakfast before getting up early to prepare it!

So for the first week, we made a big batch of oatmeal and portioned it out in little microwavable containers. However, plain oatmeal seems a little boring, so I decided to make it a lot more enticing with a wide array of topping- that’s what makes oatmeal fun!

So we took a trip to Whole Foods to scout out their bulk section. Each of my girls went to pick some toppings- nuts, seeds, granola, maybe some dried fruit to go along with the fresh fruit that we had already purchased, when Ava started to grab some maple roasted cashews.

Maple Roasted Cashew Ingredients. photograph by Dessert Done Light, Lafayette, la.

I said, “hold on a minute, I’ll make those at home.” I mean, I had all the stuff…cashews, maple syrup, salt, brown sugar, a little olive oil… hmm…that’s about all that you would need. And with that thought, we paid for our items and home we went, excited to try a new recipe for maple roasted cashews! And let me tell you- this recipe is so EASY!

How To Make Maple Roasted Cashews

Maple Roasted Cashews. photograph by Dessert Done Light, Lafayette, La.

All you need are unsalted/unroasted cashews, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, and salt. To make, you simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl and roast on a parchment lined baking sheet. It’s SO EASY and so much better than store bought maple roasted cashews.

To keep this recipe vegan, you want to be sure to use a vegan brown sugar. Get a list here. I know, it’s so weird that all sugar isn’t vegan and what’s worse it why- companies use bone char to achieve a white color. Therefore, if a company uses bone char in their white sugar, then their brown sugar isn’t vegan (brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added).

These maple roasted cashews are so DELICIOUS! They are crunchy, sweet, salty, and almost buttery! My girls couldn’t wait for me to snap a photo and were stealing them off the baking tray… ok so maybe I snatched one too. 😉

Maple Roasted Cashews. photograph by Dessert Done Light, Lafayette, La.

You can enjoy these maple roasted cashews in so many ways: on their own, in salads, as toppings for oatmeal and yogurt, or anything that you want to add a bit of crunch. They will keep for about a week in a sealed container, if they last that long!

I hope you enjoyed this very simple recipe. I love sharing simple recipes and ideas, just as much as I love hearing them. Have any to share? Let me know in the comments. As always,

Happy Eating!


Maple Roasted Cashews. photograph by Dessert Done Light, Lafayette, La.
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Maple Roasted Cashews

All you need to enjoy Maple Roasted Cashews are 15 minutes and 5 simple ingredients. These cashews are sweet, salty, crunchy, buttery, and vegan!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 ingredient, cashews, Easy, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Crystal Yentzen


  • 1 cup cashews unsalted/unroasted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar see note
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and pour on to the lined baking sheet.
  • Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring halfway through baking time. I roast mine for about 13 minutes.
  • Let cool and enjoy!


Store in an airtight container for up to a week (honestly, maybe longer but mine never last long). 
For a list of vegan brown sugars click Here.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg


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