Lately, one of my favorite snacks has been seasoned cashews. I have been creating a lot of batches in the dehydrator lately, and occasionally buying some store bought versions. I’m a huge fan of seasoning up cashews because of their light taste, which really allows for the flavoring to come alive!
I recently picked up a batch of raw cashews from HEB to make my first batch of seasoned nuts since moving to Austin. As I was exiting the isle, I noticed they had a lot of bulk seasoning mixes on the end-cap. After browsing through them, the lemon pepper seasoning stuck out to me the most, so I thought I would try seasoning up some of the cashews with this flavor.
The result was a huge success. I ate almost half the batch before they even finished drying. My fiancé also commented on how awesome they were. So, I am really excited about sharing this simple recipe that is easy to make, even without a dehydrator.
- 2 cups of raw cashews
- 2.5 TBSP of lemon pepper seasoning
- enough water to cover the cashews
- Place the raw cashews into a large mixing bowl and fill with water just until they are completely covered and let soak for two or more hours (filtered water is best)
- Drain the water from the bowl
- Sprinkle half the lemon pepper seasoning into the bowl and mix thoroughly
- Sprinkle in the remaining seasoning and mix thoroughly
- If you have a food dehydrator, place the seasoned nuts onto a drying rack and dehydrate for 24-36 hours at 115 degrees
- In an oven, place the nuts on a non-stick sheet and bake at 115 degrees for 24 hours; you may need to turn the nuts periodically to ensure consistent drying
Once the nuts are thoroughly dry and crunchy, they are ready to consume. I will warn you ahead of time. These guys are super tasty and addicting. Make sure you have some self-control before making these. Otherwise, you may end up eating 2 cups of nuts on your own, in one sitting.