Cashew Recipes – Snacks

Cashew Nut Clusters Baked In The Car


I’m always on the lookout for simple, nutritious recipes.

So while browsing the website site of our newest brand partner, Honest To Goodness,  I was super stoked to find a recipe for Cashew Nut Clusters made with rice malt syrup and garam marsala (yummo!)




At this point you may be wondering,

“I’m all for delicious snacks, but what is a cashew recipe doing on an eco-blog?”


I’m glad you asked. You see, I was less stoked when I read the recipe and discovered the 4 hours of cooking time.

4 hours is a long time to run my electric oven…


…and in the middle of a hot, summer day;

the house would become unbearable without blasting the air-con. Not exactly a conscious use of resources. 


I really wanted to try this recipe though. Time to get creative.


Filed away somewhere in the back of my brain there, is the memory of a stunt carried out by a veterinarian. He was raising awareness about why it’s very, very bad to leave your pet in a hot car. I can’t remember the specifics, but I’m fairly sure it involved cooking roast meat of some sort.


The boot of my car sits out in the sun in the afternoon and I know it gets really hot in there; so why not try it out as an oven?

Below: Cashew clusters baking on a tray in the back of my car. The tray is resting on top of a clean muslin cloth because, well, my car is always full of beach sand. I don’t want sandy snacks. 



Cashew Recipes Snacks: Cashew Nut Clusters


Disclaimer: I have no idea what the official Honest To Goodness stance is on using your car as an oven. They haven’t condoned my little experiment and, while I experienced no adverse effects from consuming the deliciously produced results, I am no food safety expert. If you want to try cooking food in your car, you do so at your own risk.

I only had one cup of cashews to work with so I halved the original recipe.

You can find the original recipe from Kiara Ible at Honest To Goodness.




1 cup of raw cashews

¼ of a cup of sesame seeds

½ a tablespoon of garam masala

½ a teaspoon of Himalayan salt

1 and ½ tablespoons of rice malt syrup



  1. Start shortly after lunch so your car is nice and hot.
  2. Preheat oven to 70°C or as low as it goes.
  3. In a bowl mix everything together except the syrup.
  4. Pour onto a tray lined with baking paper and roast in the oven for 45 minutes or until they start to colour.
  5. Remove from the oven and gently pour into a bowl and add the rice syrup.
  6. Give it a good mix and pour back onto the tray.
  7. Try to flatten it but have all the cashews sticking together like a thick sheet.
  8. Pop in the car for 3 – 4 hours.
  9. Stick back into the oven for about half an hour to finish.
  10. Leave to cool then roughly break up into ‘clusters’.          

Did It Work?

Absolutely. I put a thermometer in my car along with the tray and it got up to 50 degrees Celcius. Unfortunately my clusters didn’t obtain the lovely golden colour featured in the original recipe, but I bet they tasted just as good.




For more healthy, wholefood recipes and organic ingredients check out the Honest To Goodness Website. Honest to Goodness sells organic & natural wholefoods Australia wide, in both bulk & retail sizes. Australian Organic Certified, Certified B Corporation and voted Favourite Organic Brand 4 years in a row.

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