Thursday, August 25, 2011

Soaking Nuts and Raw Trail Mix

Trail mix made with the soaked nuts!
Nuts after they have been soaked and dried in the oven.

I was intrigued yesterday when I started to read why people soak their nuts. I had heard of people doing it, but had never researched it. Here and here are some sites with good information on the subject.Nuts have enzyme inhibitors to aide in the growing process but, the benefits of having that removed before digesting them increases the nutrition benefits of the nut. I love to learn new information.

Some of the benefits I learned:
1. Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors that get released when soaked.
2. Increases amount of vitamins your body can absorb form the nuts. Especially Vitamin B
3. Decreases the phytic acid in the nut that can reduce mineral absorption.
4. Putting the salt in water activates the enzyme that deactivates the enzyme inhibitor.
5. Breaks down the gluten and easier to digest.
6. You want to store raw nuts.
7. Make sure you store them in air tight container. I like keeping them in the fridge.

What I did yesterday, when I made trail mix.

2 C of each almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds
3 tsp sea salt with iodine added
enough water to cover the nuts
3/4 to 1 C raw unsweetened large flake coconut
1/2 tsp grated fresh nutmeg *optional
1/2 tsp cinnamon *optional
1/3 C dark chocolate chips chopped in blender into little pieces *optional


1. Soaked the nuts separately in their own bowls. Pouring 1 tsp of salt in each bowl.

2. I then covered them with plastic and let them sit 4-5 hours at room temperature. I was not letting them sprout for this recipe.

3. Then put in a colander and drain all the water off.

4. Heat oven to no higher than 150 degrees or you can dehydrate them. Place them in a single layer and let cook until they are completely dried out. No moisture left. I stirred them regularly.

5. Then I cooled them and poured them into a bowl. Then add the coconut and the nutmeg and cinnamon. stir all together. You can also add choc. chips, or dried fruit would be yummy.

6. Store in an airtight container.

*I think next time I will leave out the chips. They will melt when it gets hot. I loved the salty flavoring of the nuts. :) I love this recipe. I can plan ahead and make my own healthy trail mix.

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