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Sprouting Raw Nuts

April 23, 2009

What’s even better than raw nuts?  SPROUTED raw nuts!  Sprouting nuts is something we love to do at Urban Acres.

The health benefits of sprouting nuts are many, but just a few are that it makes the nuts easier to digest, there are more nutrients available, and it takes away the enzyme inhibitors.

From Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions

“Improperly prepared nuts are very difficult to digest without depleting your store of digestive enzymes, making it difficult for you to gather any nutrients from the food you eat. Commercially available roasted nuts are most likely not soaked first which means they still have enzyme inhibitors. To make the awesome storehouse of nutrients in nuts available to you, you can soak and sprout them or follow this recipe.”

So we wanted to share this simple recipe….

Sprouted Raw Nuts

Raw Nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts are our favorite)almonds
Filtered Water
Sea Salt (pinch or two)

Place as many nuts as you want in a bowl and cover with filtered water and sea salt.  Use enough water to cover the nuts with about an inch or two of water on top.   Cover the bowl with a cheese cloth or towel.  Let it sit out on the counter for 12 hours.  Then, drain the water out of the bowl and dry the nuts.  An easy way to dry the nuts is to put them on a baking tray and stick them in the oven on the lowest possible setting.  Most ovens can get down to 150 degrees, but if you can get it down to 115 degrees, that’s even better!  You could also use the warming drawer, if your oven has one.  Leave them in for 12 hours (or even longer if using the warming drawer) and then take them out.  If the nuts are still a bit spongy when you take them out, they’re not done.  The nuts should be dried, perfectly crispy, and smelling wonderful!   You can season them with sea salt and cinnamon or just eat them as-is.

Homemade Raw Nut Butter

After you have dried the nuts in the oven or warming drawer, you can put them in a food processor or Vitamix and grind them up.  Add 1/4 cup of extra virgin coconut oil (or more, if needed).  Add local raw honey, organic cinnamon, or Stevia, and you’ll have the most incredible raw, homemade nut butter!  It’s a great treat with carrots and/or apples or just by the spoonful!

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