Soaked Raw Nuts Done Right (Recipe plus Video How-to)Updated: April 14, 2017Snacks and Sweets, Videos
Raw nuts are one food that everyone seems to agree are very healthy to eat!
Whether you be a vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or someone who eats the standard American diet of burgers and fries, raw nuts are one food that all acknowledge is a good addition to the diet. Here’s where the agreement about raw nuts ends.
The problem is that most people don’t know that soaking raw nuts first before eating them is very important. Soaked raw nuts are far more digestible than plain raw nuts. The soaking process eliminate anti-nutrients and improves nutrition while still maintaining rawness.
Raw Nuts are Seeds
While raw nuts are an extremely nutritious food, preparation is key in order to unlock maximum nutrient potential. Careful soaking deactivates any substances that could be irritating to the gut. The soaking process followed is in accordance with the wisdom of Traditional Cultures. This is because raw nuts are seeds. As such, their hulls contain many enzyme inhibitors that can prevent all that wonderful nutrition from being digested thoroughly. These inhibitors can also cause digestive distress if many raw nuts are consumed. For some people, even a few raw nuts cause digestive distress. Sometimes, eating plain raw nuts can cause a rash around the mouth.
Deactivation of these anti-nutrients is accomplished through sprouting or soaking. Soaking raw nuts in salt water for a few hours and then drying in a warm (not hot) oven or dehydrator is all that is required. According to Nourishing Traditions Cookbook, soaking and drying of raw nuts mimics the wise practice of the Aztecs. This culture soaked seeds in salt water and then dried them in the sun before grinding into flour or eating them whole.
Soaking nuts is a particularly helpful practice if you find raw nuts irritating to your stomach or mouth. My husband can eat soaked raw nuts with no problem. If he eats regular raw nuts, he frequently experiences digestive issues and sometimes irritation around the mouth.
Where to Buy Quality Soaked Raw Nuts and Nut Butters
Don’t have time to soak and dry raw nuts yourself? Check out my shopping guide for quality suppliers of soaked nuts and nut butters. We use 4-5 jars of soaked nut butters in our home every month. Our favorites are soaked pecan butter, soaked macadamia nut butter, soaked almond butter, and soaked 4 nut blend.
How to Soak Raw Nuts (Recipe)
If you like to eat raw nuts whole, soaking them yourself first is an easy process. Below is a recipe on how to soak raw nuts of various kinds followed by a video demonstrating the process.
Soaking Raw Nuts
The process of soaking raw nuts to improve digestibility and eliminate anti-nutrients.
- 4 cups raw nuts preferably organic
- 1 Tbl sea salt
- filtered water
Place raw nuts in a large glass bowl (I use this one).
Add enough filtered water to cover.
Stir in sea salt.
Leave uncovered on the counter for 12 hours for pecans, walnuts, and peanuts.
7 hours for almonds and macadamias
No more than 4-6 for cashews and brazil nuts (else they will get slimy).
Drain water completely.
Dry in a warm oven no hotter than 150 F/ 66 C until dry. If your oven can't be set that low, use a food dehydrator (I like this one).
Store crispy nuts in airtight containers in the refrigerator or cool, dark pantry.
Do not mix different types of raw nuts together when soaking. Soak almonds separate from cashews, for example. This minimizes chances for mold developing. Also, the soaking times for various nuts are different.
Soaked Raw Nuts (Video)
In the video below, I demonstrate how to soak raw almonds and dry them in your oven to greatly improve nutrient absorption, reduce gastric distress. You will be amazed at how soaked raw nuts taste far better than unsoaked raw nuts!
The same process can be followed for cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, peanuts etc.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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