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Do you ever eat a couple of handfuls full of walnuts or a few tablespoons of nut butter and wonder why it feels as though you dropped a brick in your stomach? It’s because nuts that have not been soaked contain enzyme inhibitors that can cause uncomfortable digestion.

Now when I first read about this process in Nourishing Traditions I thought it was a bit extreme and unnecessary. Then when I actually tried it and compared it to the raw or roasted nuts or nut butters that I had been eating I was convinced – it really does make a difference.

So far I have tried this with walnuts, pecans and almonds – all with great success. I hope to make nut butter out of them soon.

Soaked & Dehydrated Nuts

from Nourishing Traditions

Recipe Note: You can use a dehydrator or if you have an oven that goes to down to 150 degrees or less use that and leave it on through the day and overnight as needed.

Pecans or Walnuts

  • 4 cups of nuts
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • enough filtered water to cover
  1. Combine nuts, water to cover and sea salt. Soak for 7 or more hours (I did mine overnight).
  2. Drain and dehydrate  12-24 hours, until completely dry and crisp.

Be sure to store walnuts in the refrigerator as they can become rancid easily.

Almonds

  • 4 cups raw almonds, preferably skinless
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • enough filtered water to cover
  1. Combine nuts, water to cover and sea salt. Soak for 7 or more hours (I did mine overnight).
  2. Drain and dehydrate  12-24 hours, until completely dry and crisp.

Store in pantry.

Cashews

  • 4 cups of raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • enough filtered water to cover

According to Sally Fallon cashews can become slimy and disagreeable if you soak them too long or dry them out too slowly, so be careful. I have yet to try this with cashews so I have no personal experience.

  1. Combine nuts, water to cover and sea salt. Soak for 6 hours, no longer
  2. Drain and dehydrate at 200 degrees F for 12-24 hours, or until completely dry and crisp.

Store in an airtight container

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