Enjoy candied cashews mixed with toasted coconut without any of the sugar! This seriously addictive and easy sugar free recipe is naturally low carb, oil-free and made stovetop- It only takes 10 minutes! Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free.
Candied (or caramelized) cashews made without sugar? That does sound like an oxymoron, but I promise you it isn’t. Let’s not dismiss the homemade toasted coconut flakes recipe included too…
Get ready to be sneaky with your edible holiday gifts this season.
In recent times, I’ve leaned towards making edible gifts whenever possible, mainly because they don’t need to be gender specific. I can also knock out a solid few batches within a day.
It beats fighting through crowds of people too.
Today’s recipe was inspired by tasting Costco’s Kirkland Toasted Coconut cashews, Walmarts version and also Trader Joe’s.
As a huge coconut and cashew lover, I was excited to see them in combination. Why did I try three different store-bought versions? I wanted to see if they differed in terms of their taste and texture.
The coconut flavor was overpowering, and when mixed with cashews, less is definitely more. This was not the case with either of those store-bought brands so I had to take matters into my own hand.
The Costco, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s coconut cashews use a ton of sugar, shredded sweetened coconut, along with other sweeteners to hold together. They all also use oil in their recipes.
My homemade version was going to have a better coconut to cashew ratio, but also be given a completely oil-free and sugar-free makeover.
Set 10 minutes aside, these easy homemade sugar free candied toasted coconut cashews are your answer.
It’s a simple two-part recipe, yet can be made in the same skillet (or frying pan). Alternatively, you can also make it in the oven, but you’ll need to set aside 45 minutes for that.
This seriously could not be any easier to make and you only need five ingredients all up!
You start by making your candied cashews, make your toasted coconut flakes then mix them together- That is it!
Did I mention that you only need 5 ingredients and no oil at all? The only tough bit is constantly stirring the cashews to make sure they are evenly covered in the ‘sugar’ and to avoid burning.
You will be rewarded with a kitchen that smells amazing, bursts of cinnamon and vanilla throughout!
And the toasted coconut flakes? That just takes it up a notch!
HOW TO MAKE CANDIED CASHEWS SUGAR FREE
Keeping this recipe keto-friendly, paleo and low carb without any sugar or a liquid sweetener is easy. I used my favorite granulated monk fruit sweetener, which has the texture of normal sugar, minus the calories and carbs!
Not only is it a healthy alternative to sugar, but unlike artificial sweeteners, it doesn’t leave a bitter aftertaste. It also crystalizes into the cashews beautifully.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TOASTED COCONUT FLAKES
I’ve been guilty in the past of buying packaged toasted coconut flakes to snack on. They are seriously addictive, but also calorie dense and packed with sugar. To combat this, I made my own using just one ingredient- shredded unsweetened coconut!
Coconut flakes are naturally sweet, so once toasted, this becomes even more prominent.
You can either make your toasted coconut flakes in the oven or stovetop.
Stovetop directions- Heat a non-stick pan on medium and when hot, add your coconut flakes and stir quickly for 1-2 minutes, until just golden brown.
Oven directions- Preheat oven to 250 Fahrenheit and line a large oven-safe tray with parchment paper. Spread a single layer of coconut flakes and bake for 3-5 minutes, until just golden brown.
Regardless of which method you use, please keep an eye on it at all times, as they burn very quickly.
The beauty of these easy sugar-free stovetop candied toasted coconut cashews is that they make the ultimate foodie gift. Yes, they are great to snack on, but do what I do and buy 12 or so jars, fill them up with them, then fend them off over the holiday season.
If your family is anything like mine, you’ll have an appetizers table at all the holiday parties, and you guessed it- Serve up a bowl of these there and I promise they’ll be the first to go. You can feel good knowing that these candied treats are secretly healthy too.
More delicious low carb sweets for the holiday season? Gotcha covered!
Add this recipe to this healthy no churn keto ice cream. Check out just how easy it is in the recipe video below!
Easy Sugar Free Candied Toasted Coconut Cashews (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) adapted from my Sugar Free Candied Pecans
Sugar Free Candied Toasted Coconut Cashews
- Heat a large skillet/frying pan using medium heat. When the pan is hot, add your monk fruit sweetener, cinnamon, salt, water and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Allow to heat, stirring consistently.
- When the sweetener has dissolved, quickly add your cashews and mix very well, ensuring all cashews are coated in the mixture. Continue stirring the cashew mixture, until the liquid has started to crystallize onto the cashews.
- Remove from the pan and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. Stir several times, to avoid clusters forming. Allow the cashews to cool completely, before tossing through the coconut flakes.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking dish or tray with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your cashews, cinnamon, and salt and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your monk fruit sweetener with your water. Pour over your cashews and mix until all cashews are evenly coated.
- Spread your cashews on an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once cashews have just begun to crystallize, remove and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, before stirring once again to avoid immediate overlarge clusters forming. Allow to cool completely, before coating in an extra tablespoon or two of monk fruit sweetener. Once cooled, toss through coconut flakes.