I’m re-blogging this as this time of the month gets me so excited I just have to share and encourage!!!
My update on activating nuts from over a year ago…..changed my life. Ha
No really it did. As someone who cannot break down much, activating has really helped. We include nuts and seeds in every meal now in some way as they are so beneficial and without the nasties and the semi-sproutedness (yes that is a word in my book) they are doing fabulous things.
I have included my ‘cheat sheet’ so you can use that. It’s not that time consuming really, You WILL fall in love with Activated nuts and you will become prudent and not consume regular nuts once you try them. Not sure if they are for you, go buy some from your local health food shop and give them a go. Yours will taste the same as those.
ACTIVATING NUTS & SEEDS
What does activating nuts and seeds mean??
Activated nuts and seeds have been made bio-active by a very simple process of soaking in salted water for a pre-determined period of time, draining them and then dehydrating them at a very low temperature in the oven or dehydrator. Nuts and seeds contain what is called phytic acid which prevents them from sprouting prematurely and stores lots of important nutrients. According to research when we consume phytic acid it reduces our body’s ability to absorb these nutrients. They also contain enzyme inhibitors which force the body to work over time to produce the enzymes necessary for digestion. This process makes our bodies work harder and digestion is longer & harder. It’s an unnecessary impact on our body.
Soaking nuts and seeds begins the process of germination thus breaking down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. This in turn make the nutrients a lot more readily available. There is also research to suggest that soaking your nuts and seeds for long periods of time actually increases their nutritional value, so why not do it?
I will give you my brief explanation of activating nuts and then let you try, make your changes and perfect your technique.
Cover nuts with water, add salt. Leave for the designated time on bench.
Drain, dry and put in oven or dehydrator at 60c, some though find 50-55c desirable. I find to be my temp. For the oven you want the lowest setting on the oven possible, wedge the oven door with a wooden spoon and leave the oven to do its thing overnight if possible. You want dried nuts, not cooked so the lower the temp the better.
Walnuts, Pecans, Peanuts, Pine nuts, Hazelnuts & Macadamia Nuts
Soak: Salted water (1-2 teaspoons), overnight (or approximately 8 hours)
Dehydrate: 12-24 hours or until noticeably dry and crunchy. Macadamia’s are the tough ones, taste test them after about 15 hours, they can be soft in the centre yet crunchy on the outside. I like my crunchy all through.
Soak: Salted water, overnight
Dehydrate: 12-24 hours. In my experience almonds take longer than the other nuts. You really need to make sure they are very dry otherwise you will notice them going mouldy very quickly.
Soak: Salted water, 3-6 hours. Be careful with cashews – they can go slimy if left too long so keep an eye on them
Dehydrate: 12-15 hours or you can put them in a 90c oven until lightly roasted.
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Soak: Salted water, overnight
Dehydrate: 12 -24 hours, typically i find 12 hours to be enough.
As with pumpkin seeds though typically I find they are well and truly ready within 12 hours.