Chocolate cashew: an easy & healthy treat for any occasion

Total time: 20 min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By Cookist

Looking for a treat that is perfect for any occasion? These chocolate cashews are just what you need! It’s a quick and easy sweet treat recipe that is gluten-free and can be made vegan by using vegan chocolate. Rich milk chocolate is melted and combined with cashews to create a crunchy, sweet treat. To make it, you only need three ingredients: chocolate, cashews, and a sprinkling of salt. Keep a few of the chocolate cashew clusters in the freezer for when you get unexpected guests or to always have something sweet to snack on. They also make great treats for the lunchbox!

How to Make Chocolate Cashews

Set up a bain-marie or double boiler. Break the chocolate pieces into the glass bowl and heat. Stir until the chocolate has melted completely. Once the chocolate is melted completely (it should be smooth), add the cashews and stir through.

Pour the chocolate-cashew mixture onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and allow to cool and harden in the fridge.

Cashew Chocolate Ingredients

Chocolate: for best results, use high-quality chocolate.

Nuts: use large, whole cashews. For a nuttier flavor, the nuts can be toasted and cooled before using.



If you prefer the chocolate cashews less sweet, opt for dark chocolate.

To set up a double boiler, you’ll need a medium-sized pot and a heatproof bowl (usually glass). Make sure that the bowl and pot fit nicely onto each other—the bowl should be resting on top of the pot (in other words it should be larger). Place water inside the pot (it should not touch the bowl) and place over medium heat.

You can also make the clusters in a crockpot. Place the chocolate and the cashews in a crockpot and cook for 1 hour. Stir and drop spoonsful of the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate and serve.

Decorate the clusters with shredded coconut or rainbow sprinkles.

If you don’t like cashews, you can use any other type of nut: hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or macadamias will all work well.

Don’t want nuts? You can also use dried fruits instead of nuts. Try dried cranberries, raisins, or orange peel.

To add more texture and variety, add other seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame will all work.

How to Store Chocolate Cashews

Store the almond clusters in the fridge for up to a week.

Can You Freeze Chocolate Cashews?

Chocolate Cashews can also be frozen! Once set, place them in a Ziploc bag, and freeze for up to 3 months

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270g (9.5 oz)
180g (6.4 oz)
Sea salt


Put the chocolate in a bowl and transfer to the glass bowl set over boiling water (or a bain marie).

Stir occasionally to melt the chocolate, then remove from the heat.

Add the cashews to the melted chocolate and stir to combine.

Drop spoonsful of the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking tray.

Sprinkle with salt, then refrigerate for at least an hour until the chocolate sets.


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