Easy Curry Roasted Cashews

By Amanda Paa – Updated April 23, 2021
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Some people have a knack for giving the best gifts. Full of surprise for the person on the receiving end, a perfect fit for the things they enjoy, or something special they’d never buy for themselves. I on the other hand lack in this department, which is why if you’re getting a package from me, it will most likely contain food, which to me, signals love.

In my eyes, edible gifts are the best kind of gifts. They’re thoughtful and personal by definition, and who doesn’t love something delicious to nibble on?

With that in mind, and a timely coffee date with my talented friend Jennifer Simonson, we decided to work on a fun video collaboration to share these Sesame Curry Cashews with you.

While holiday cookies are always a treat, these curry roasted cashews are a lovely change of pace. They’re easy enough for anyone to make, full of savory spice and everything nice. Dressed in clear jars and rustic red twine, I think this salty snack is the simplest form of a package with meaning.

Sesame Curry Cashews : an edible gift
Sesame Curry Cashews {paleo, vegan}This recipe is multi-dimensional in flavor, where you actually taste the nuts, the seeds, and the warm spices in every bite. These curry roasted cashews are paleo, vegan, and gluten-free too!

I have to say, I love their appearance just as much as the medley of happiness on my tastebuds.

Sesame Curry Cashews: roasted with coconut oil, a healthy snack.

With sesame and cumin seeds giving them a spotted coat, along with a golden hue from the curry powder, they’re quite eye-catching.

Besides being a fun holiday gift, they double as a quick appetizer for any time of year – ideal for those times you’re stumped on what to bring to a party.

Sesame Curry Cashews {paleo, vegan}

And don’t be surprised if half the batch disappears as you’re spooning them into the jar.

Hence the reason I make a double batch every time! ☺

Sesame Curry Cashews: our favorite healthy snack.

Sesame Curry Cashews {paleo, vegan}
Sesame Curry Cashews {roasted with coconut oil}
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Sesame Curry Cashews {paleo, vegan}

Curry Roasted Cashews

Delicious roasted cashews tossed in curry powder and cumin seed. A homemade snack that's easy to make!
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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :13 minutes
Total Time :18 minutes
Yield: 2 cups
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 2 cups of raw whole cashews
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil olive oil will work too
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons raw sesame seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Put cashews into a bowl, then drizzle with coconut oil and stir to coat. Add remaining ingredients and stir to coat completely, scraping the bottom of the bowl.
  • Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet, then bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly browned and aromatic. (Watch carefully so they don’t burn.)
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely, as they will continue cooking as they come to room temperature. Will keep in a sealed glass jar for 1 month.


note: not all of the sesame & cumin seeds will stick, but they infuse the cashews as they roast. If you have some left in the jar when you finish eating the cashews, they are a delicious soup topping, or to sprinkle on toast with mashed avocado.

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  1. Alison @ Food by Mars

    HUH! Amanda, these are making me hungry – the flavors are on point and so healthy, I love it. I’m making maple trail mix as homemade gifts for people… but now I’m making this AND that for a variety because it looks so amazing. Love it.

  2. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

    These cashews are a great change of pace! I am going to make them tonight and serve them over coconut ice cream with cherries! Think that would be good? Thanks for another delicious recipe dear and have a lovely week! XO

  3. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    Yes!! There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that edible gifts are the best kind of gifts. It really shows someone that you care. These spiced nuts are right up my alley – I could happily munch on them all day! And bravo on your video – you did an incredible job!!! xoxo

  4. Tessa | Salted Plains

    This video is so great! I love it. I am all for an edible gift that can double as something to bring to a party (my issue this evening!). I think these lovely cashews will need to be made! Have a great weekend, Amanda! xo.

    • amandapaa

      oh so great! i hope you love them. party season is so fun!

  5. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    The video is great, I wish I had the skills to them myself! Love these for a holiday gift. I have the same (lack of ) skills in the gift giving department so I feel your pain.

    • amandapaa

      Thanks Gina! The gift giving thing, ugh. Makes me squimmer every time I have to come up with something. Thank goodness for food! xo

  6. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Loved the video! the soft light, transitions, focus selection… beautiful. As is this homemade gift ~ roast cashews have never looked so good :)

  7. traci | vanilla and bean

    I’m with ya, Amanda. Food Gifts = Love. My grandmother, every year without fail, would give all her kids and grandkids homemade jam and fudge. I looked forward to that each Christmas. It was the best gift out of them all every year! These cashews are just fabulous! I’d make it with beloved coconut oil too. What a great gift idea! And your video! Congratulations! I loved watching it and seeing the smile on your face at the end! xo

  8. Madeline

    I love cashews! This sounds so interesting and delicious!

  9. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Edible gifts really are the best gifts. I love giving and receiving them! I would be so excited if someone gave me a jar of the cashews, should I send you my address? ;-)

  10. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    We are an edible gift giving house hold. It’s how I show my love. Usually I give away sweets – but these would be an absolutely divine switch on the usual edible gifts!

  11. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

    I completely agree, edible gifts are the best! These cashews look like an amazing gift to me!

    • amandapaa

      yes, so nice to get something that doesn’t go to waste! as these cashews are kind of addicting, in the best way. :)