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Soaked Almonds

Years ago, I learned from a nutritionist that the raw dried almonds I was proudly snacking on every day contain phytic acid in their skin, which makes digestion difficult and can rob the body of nutrients. Ouch!

I learned soaking decreases the amount of phytic acid and makes them way easier to digest, so your body can enjoy the benefits of protein, fiber, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and zinc …   all those good things we look for in a nutritional snack. 

Although I started soaking both almonds and walnuts in water to minimize the acid, intending to dehydrate them again, they tasted so good, I preferred to eat just the way it was without dehydrating, and never looked back.  Children, especially, love chewing the softer nut, which resembles its original form before they were dehydrated.

- Start with raw almonds- unroasted and unsalted.
Place them in a glass vessel twice the size of the amount of almonds- they will expand as they soak.

- Add about 1/4 teaspoon af salt for each cup of almonds and cover with water. Leave to soak in the refrigerator for 48 hours.

- Drain off any remaining water. You can now eat the almonds as they are, or dry them in a dehydrator or oven on the lowest setting for a crunchier snack or later use.

Soaked nuts remind me of when I was growing up.  We ate almonds and walnuts fresh before they were ever dried!  It is a delicacy that still to this day people sell at the street corners in Tehran and other cities in the Middle East, when they are in season.

Posted by Living Crafts on Apr 17, 2012 11:39 AM | 5 Comments

5 Responses to “Soaked Almonds”

  1. Ramona says:

    Yum, one of my favourite breakfast snaks. Soakedcand peeled almonds. Having delivered a baby 2 days ago, my husband has to bring me almonds. I so yearn for them. Yum.

  2. ~ joey ~ says:

    We love soaked almonds! (and peanuts too!) We try to wait until they start to sprout before we eat them (doesn’t often happen!) and then enjoy “popping” the skins off!
    ~ joey ~

  3. Gilda says:

    Me too, this reminds me of my childhood when we’d pick fresh walnuts from our tree in Tehran and eat them straight away, our hands would discolor but the smell and taste of fresh walnuts was so good and it was crunchy and juicy too. I love soaking walnuts and almonds and eat it with lavash bread, feta cheese and herbs – a common appetizer found in Persian cooking

  4. Alison says:

    Thanks for sharing here – I have just put some on to soak.

  5. Lauren says:

    Thanks for this! SOmeone told me recently that if almonds are soaked for more than 8 hours we end up ‘drowning’ them. WE soak them to instigate sprouting but then over soaking them can kill what we just brought to life. Any knowledge on this? Thanks!

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