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Activated Almonds or Soaked Almonds Snack

Learn How To Make Activated Almonds with our recipe to get them more nutritious with extra health benefits. Soak almonds in water to start sprouting, and eat delicious crispy nuts as a health food snack. Dehydrate nuts soaked in water further for longer shelf life.

Soaked almonds ready to serve.
Activated Almonds

Enjoy them on their own, add them to your granola, enjoy them in the no-bake cheesecake as a base, make pine cone cheese balls, or store them later.

Once you try eating raw wet almonds, you will never return to an ordinary one. I promise. The flavor and texture are just unreal.

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Almond Flour Recipes

In our lifestyle, almond flour is one flour used instead of ordinary flour because of the low carbohydrate content.

Making your flour at home by grinding your almonds is super easy, and you can use it in various recipes.

Almond flour is my favorite of all of the low-carb flour substitutes, and you will find most of my recipes made with it.

Are Almonds Healthy?

Almonds and nuts, in general, are an essential part of our wholesome diet. Not only low carb or keto but a healthy diet in general.

Raw almonds naturally contain fibre, nutrients and minerals, and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and Vitamin E.

We all know at least one serving of nuts should be included in your food.

What is Activated Almonds?

Activated Almonds are raw almonds soaked in water for 24 hours.

As we know, nuts are plant seeds. In immersing almonds, a sprouting process starts, where the germination process begins, and enzymes break down. Phytate starts breaking down at the same time.

Soaking almonds is not an entirely new concept, as it has been a process in Middle Easter cultures for centuries.

An interest in activating almonds or nuts, in general, started when famous Chef Pete Evans began promoting the process in November 2012. Since then, the process has become very popular and used by many.

How do Activated Almonds Taste?

The best part of activating almonds is the taste. When I made it the first time, I could not believe the difference in taste.

Wet almonds remind me so much of the young walnuts we used to pick and clean from the green shells as kids. We had to take out the skin as it was bitter. It aw always worth cleaning as the taste of actual young walnuts was a dream.

We all had dark hands for a week from the cleaning, but it was so worth it.

They are naturally sweet, and nothing else needs to be added. Once tried, the delicious flavour and texture will get you into soaking them all the time. And soaking your almonds in water for the night brings you the same taste.

The Purpose of Activating Nuts

The whole process starts by immersing the nuts in water.

They begin to sprout, which induces germination, and the enzyme inhibitor that prevents the absorption starts breaking down. They break down phytates, also called phytic acid, which binds the minerals and impairs the absorption of minerals.

Eating lots of raw almonds might cause uncomfortable feelings with symptoms like bloating or feeling of heaviness.

By soaking, you can also dissolve toxic tannin, which makes the skin of the almonds bitter.

3 types of almonds in a bowls.
Soaked almonds

Are Activated Almonds better for you?

Activated almonds are much easier for you than raw store bough as your body can absorb them much better.

The enzyme inhibitors in the raw nuts add more pressure on your digestive system, causing bloating.

What are the Benefits of Soaked Almonds?

There are quite a few benefits of activating almonds, out of which I will mention a few.

They:

  • Last longer – shelf life of activated almonds which has been further dried is much longer.
  • Taste better – the taste is incomparable to the raw store bough almonds
  • Helps digestion – they are much gentle on our digestive tract and are not hard to digest
  • Absorption of nutrients – by activating, the absorption of all of the vitamins and minerals increases
  • Crunchier – once dried, they are much more crunchy

Difference between Activated Almonds and Almonds

The taste is the most significant difference between inactivated raw almonds and activated almonds.

The nutritional values or calories of activated almonds do not change. The only difference is that your body can absorb it much better and more of it.

And that is the primary purpose.

What to do with Soaked Nuts?

After your nuts have been soaked for 12-24 hours, you can continue with a dehydration process to bring them back to dry. In that way, they can be stored the same as usual.

My biggest problem is that I have never gotten to the dehydrating process. Every time I soak a bowl of almonds, I have to eat them. I just can not bare drying them for long.

For my post, I have further dried them the first time. And I have to tell you the secret. I ate half of them in the process. I just can not stop.

How to eat Soaked Almonds?

After you soak your nuts, you can enjoy them as they are a snack. You can go further and dehydrate them. After they become dry and back to normal. Store them as you would use ordinary raw almonds.

Make your Activated Nuts

There are already certain health stores where you can buy activated almonds, but they are pretty challenging to find.

Making your activated nuts is a super simple process that does not require much.

If you plan to store them further, it is excellent to own a dehydrator, but you can dry them in the sun or the oven.

Activated Almonds on a white plates.
How to activate almonds

How to make Activated Almonds?

Simply soaking almonds for a few hours will make them activated.

You can add salt, which helps to deactivate enzyme inhibitors even more and will add a bit of taste.

Then bake or dehydrate further for storage.

How to Activate your Nuts and Seeds?

With just a few easy steps, I will guide you through the whole soaking process for the tastiest and easier to digest nuts.

You can use our guides for any tree nuts also legumes, seeds, and beans.

Kitchen gadgets needed:

  • Bowl
  • Sieve
  • Food Dehydrator

Ingredients needed:

  • Raw Almonds
  • Water

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO ACTIVATING YOUR NUTS

First step: Ingredients needed

Prepare your nuts, in our case, raw almonds. At the same time, get a bowl with water ready.

Almonds soaked in water ingredients needed.
Soaking nuts

Second step: Prepare and soak nuts

First of wash your nuts. I usually wash my almonds under running water using a sieve.

Place your nuts into the large bowl and pour water. This step can be done several times. I found out that the water still gets cloudy from the almond skins.

Once properly washed, place them into a small bowl and add water. Ensure you add much more water as they tend to puff up while soaking. They have to be submerged in the water thoroughly.

Place it onto your kitchen table and let it sit for 24 hours or overnight.

You can also add salt and stir, which helps to deactivate enzyme inhibitors even more and will add a bit of extra taste.

In addition, you can change the water a few times. You will see that the water gets a bit cloudy from soaking the nuts. I do like to change that.

Activated Nuts adding water for soaking.
Almonds soaked in water

Third step: Dehydrate

The next day, take the bowl and wash the nuts once again.

Do not start eating while they’re still wet because you will not stop. I guarantee this.

Tap dry all of your nuts and spread them onto dehydrator trays.

Dry at a low temperature for 7 to 8 hours until fully dry.

If you do not own a dehydrator, preheat your oven and dry them at the lowest temperature.

Activating almonds wet on a trays.
Activated Nuts

Fourth step: Store

Once all of your almonds are completely dry, you can either use them as a snack or store them in a glass container for later.

How to activate almonds dehydrated.
Activating almonds

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Salt – you can add salt, which helps to deactivate enzyme inhibitors even more and will add a bit of taste
  • Change water – while soaking, from time to time, change the water as it gets cloudy from the skin of the nuts.
  • Drying – if you do not have a dehydrator, you can dry them in the sun or oven

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What to use Activated Nuts for?

Same as any ordinary nuts, you can further store them or use them immediately. They are perfect as a snack in between meals. You can add them to our granola or make a no-bake base for our raw cheesecake.

They can also be ground into almond flour as a part of low-carb flour alternatives. You can also prepare activated almond milk following the same steps as I did with our coconut milk.

Toasted nuts, either in a savory mixture or brown sugar, are also a delicious idea.

Soaked almonds inside black bowls.
Activated Almonds
Can you Roast Activated Almonds?

Roasted almonds are delicious and can be done with our recipe. I suggest drying your nuts first and then roasting them in your oven.

How do you Store Activated Almonds?

Your almonds can be stored in the fridge for 5 to 6 days. If you are not planning to dry them, I suggest consuming them straight.

Once thoroughly dried, you can store your nuts in a glass container like any other nuts.

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Soaking nuts in a white bowls.
Soaked almonds

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Yield: 2 Cups

Activated Almonds or Soaked Almonds Snack

Soaked almonds ready to serve.

Learn How To Make Activated Almonds with our recipe to get them more nutritious with extra health benefits. Soak almonds in water to start sprouting, and eat delicious crispy nuts as a health food snack. Dehydrate nuts soaked in water further for longer shelf life.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 7 hours 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of almonds
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Prepare your nuts, in our case, raw almonds. At the same time, get a bowl with water ready.
  2. First of wash your nuts. Place them into a small bowl and add water. Place it onto your kitchen table and let it sit for 24 hours or overnight.
  3. Next day, take the bowl and wash the nuts once again. Tap dry all of your nuts and spread them onto dehydrator trays. Dry at a low temperature for 7 to 8 hours until fully dry.
  4. Once all of your almonds are completely dry, you can either use them as a snack or store them in a glass container for later.

Notes

  • Salt - you can add salt, which helps to deactivate enzyme inhibitors even more and will add a bit of taste
  • Change water - while soaking, from time to time, change the water as it gets cloudy from the skin of the nuts.
  • Drying - if you do not have a dehydrator, you can dry them in the sun or oven

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1/4 Cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 40Total Fat 4gCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gProtein 2g

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Jo

Monday 16th of January 2023

If you want to add salt - at which step do you add it?

Zuzana

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

It is good to add salt when you are soaking them. Later on you can taste and if more needed, add as well.

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