Amelia Baines’ Blog

amelia-baines-pic-smlAmelia, a coeliac and professional chef, has been creating and researching gluten free recipes for many years.

Amelia also runs gluten free YouTube channel  “Little Chef Meals



Nuts about cashew nuts

My name is Amelia and I’m a nut addict.  At primary school the only food we were allowed to bring in from home was fruit for break time but I have an exquisite memory of eating some contraband peanuts, which a friend had smuggled in in their gym bag. I remember holding a mere three or four nuts in my small hand and eating the peanuts one by one, sucking the salt off each one.  This is when my addiction began.  Many years later I would beg my father for one of his favourite smoked almonds which came in a tin from a company in the US, if he was in a sharing mood we would maybe be gifted with a small handful of almonds before he hid the tin away from hungry little thieves.

I am still nuts about nuts and there is probably not a day that passes when I don’t eat them in some form. I had a big bag of raw cashews in my cupboard, which were crying out for some attention and so I created this very simple gluten free recipe.  Remember to eat treats in moderation (if you have the self restraint).

Cinnamon sugar roasted cashew nuts by Amelia Baines

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  • 3 cups raw cashews
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 140 degrees centigrade
  2. Line a flat baking tray with baking paper
  3. Whisk eggwhite and water in a large bowl until very foamy
  4. Add cashews to bowl and stir thoroughly so the cashews are all coated
  5. Sprinkle sugar, cinnamon and salt over the nuts and stir thoroughly
  6. Spread the nuts out on your baking tray and pop in the oven
  7. Turn the nuts every 10-15 minutes
  8. Cooking time will vary from oven to oven. Mine took about an hour
  9. Cool and store in an airtight container

Top tips

– You can change the flavour of these nuts by adding different spices. Try adding cayenne pepper for a spicy kick or stir some vanilla paste through the mixture.

– To check if the nuts are done, take one off the tray and allow it to cool for a few minutes. When it’s cool, the nuts should taste toasty and feel crisp.

– You can use any combination of nuts that you like. Get creative.


Until next time…Amelia


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