1. Cashew nut Brittle
An easy and yummy brittle to make at home for sweet toothed buddies!
Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Add sugar and water in a pan and stir to make thick syrup. Add butter, cashews, vanilla and soda powder to this. Keep stirring well. It will foam and begin to leave the sides of the pan. Pour into a greased plate and flatten out using the spatula. Cool and cut into small pieces. Cashew nut brittle is ready.
PS. Do not keep the brittle on for too long or the sugar will caramelize and turn dark brown. This will make the brittle very hard. So remove as soon as it begins to leave the sides of the pan and becomes a ball in the centre.
2. Cashew nut and Banana Balls
This recipe has no refined sugar, flour or oil. It is a healthy snack for you and the family.
Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes
Slice the banana and place in an oven for 5 minutes to get the moisture out. Add flax seeds and oats into a mixer grinder and pulse for two minutes. To this add the flax seeds first and later the cashew nuts. Lastly put in the dates and banana along with a few drops of vanilla. Pulse the mixture to get a thick paste. Scoop out using a teaspoon to get 10 small balls. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours before serving the cashew nut banana balls.
3. Cashew nut Toffee/ Kaju Katli
An all time favourite, this is a very popular Indian sweet served at all festivals and weddings.
Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 12 minutes
In a pan lightly roast the cashew nuts. Cool for a while and add to a blender to get a smooth powder. If you powder too long the oil will ooze out, so make sure you do not let that happen.
Add sugar and water in a pan and cook over medium heat. Cook till syrup thickens [approximately 5 minutes]. Add cardamom powder and stir well. Now lower the flame and add the cashew nut powder and combine thoroughly. Stir using a whisk briskly. It will turn into a mass much like milk toffee consistency [approximately 7-8 minutes]. Transfer onto a greased plate and flatten out evenly. Cool and cut into diamond shape. Store the sweets in an air tight container.