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FYI—these apply to the Sesame Honey Cashews too.

Darcy Lenz
August 21, 2018

Have you ever purchased (and opened) a bag of Trader Joe’s Sesame Honey Almonds or Sesame Honey Cashews? Yes? OK, Cool. So you too understand what it’s like to feel the outermost limits of your own self control.

Supposing you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, these are nuts (almonds or cashews, your choice) lovingly shellacked in a candied coating of honey and toasty sesame seeds; and fair warning, they’re one of the most addictive prepared snacks Trader Joe’s has to offer. I generally only drop the $7 on a bag of these salty-sweet gems if I have a clear and compelling reason (in order to avoid eating half the bag on my drive home), and I recently found myself with such a reason—a small party I was hosting. 

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The thing about someone like myself hosting a small party is that… I prepare roughly the same amount of of food as I would for a moderate to large party, too much. Of course, party leftovers can be a great thing, as long as you know how to freeze what you can for later and utilize the rest in legitimate meals over the coming days. In the case of my remaining Sesame Honey Almonds, I decided to practice restraint and thoroughly savor the magic these nuts have to offer by using them as an ingredient, rather than plowing through them by the handful like the monster I am. 

Thus, here is a list of all the ways I’ve put my TJ’s Honey Sesame Almonds to work in my life thus far, along with a handful of ways I’m plotting to execute next time around. 

  1. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over oatmeal
  2. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over yogurt with berries. 
  3. Coarsely chop and fold into banana bread batter. 
  4. Coarsely chop and fold into waffle or pancake batter. 
  5. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over French toast
  6. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over nut butter toast
  7. Coarsely chop and stir into a streusel topping for muffins or coffee cake.
  8. Coarsely chop and stir into softened cream cheese with a drizzle of honey before slathering over a bagel.
  9. Coarsely chop and fold into chicken salad
  10. Coarsely chop and add to slaw.
  11. Coarsely chop and stir into broccoli salad
  12. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over virtually any green salad.
  13. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over hummus.
  14. Finely chop and use to coat oven-fried chicken or fish.
  15. Finely chop and sprinkle over stir fry
  16. Finely chop and combine with cookie crumbs and melted butter to form a pie crust.
  17. Coarsely chop and stir into brownie or blondie batter. 
  18. Coarsely chop and stir into cookie dough. 
  19. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over ice cream with caramel sauce
  20. Coarsely chop and sprinkle over bread pudding
  21. Finely chop and use as a coating for chocolate truffles.

The overarching takeaway to be had—chop them up, and this Trader Joe’s signature snack can improve more meals than you’ve ever imagined. 

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