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Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

I’ve been sprouting nuts and seeds for years.  It’s so much healthier for you and I love the taste!

WHY Soak Nuts and Seeds:

  • They Taste Better: Raw nuts or seeds can have a bitter taste due to enzyme inhibitors.
  • They Digest Better: These enzyme inhibitors can affect the digestion of the nut or seed. Soaking them removes the enzyme inhibitors.
  • High Nutrition:  Many nuts and seeds you buy are already roasted.  This removes the enzyme inhibitors but also destroys many of the nutrients.  Soaking raw nuts and seeds without roasting will keep them more nutritious.
  • Less Fat: Soaking removes 30 percent of the oil content making nuts and seeds easier on the liver and digestion and, of course, reduces calories.
  • More protein: When the enzyme inhibitors are washed away the digestion of the proteins and carbohydrates also begins.  Protein absorption is thus improved.

Note:  Nuts do not actually have to be sprouted but just soaked (3 to 12 hours). This starts the sprouting process.  It is best not to soak for more than the recommended time as the sweetness leaves them.

BENEFITS of All Nuts or Seeds: (see all the details at: Surprising Benefits of Nuts & Seeds)

  • Best plant sources of protein.
  • Filled with heart healthy fat.
  • High energy foods with smart carbs instead of sugars.
  • Powerful minerals.
  • Needed vitamins.

DIRECTIONS on Soaking Nuts and Seeds

  • Look over nuts and seeds; remove stones, brown or yellow and broken nuts or seeds.
  • Rinse nuts or seeds.
  • Put each type of seed or nut in individual jars then cover with purified water, leave the lid off and soak for right amount of time (see below).
  • It’s best to change the water 2 or 3 times while soaking if you can.
  • Drain, put lid on and store in the fridge. Use them up in two to three days.
  • When ready, rinse nuts or seeds.
  • Store in refrigerator, in sprouting environment or in other suitable container until ready to use. If not used within 12 hours, seeds should be rinsed every 24 hours and kept in the refrigerator.
  • It’s best to eat as soon as possible, as freshness is what makes sprouts special!

Watch a video of Diana demonstrating some of these ideas: sprouting nuts and seeds

Almonds: Soak 10 – 12 hours. Use only unblanched raw almonds. If refrigerated, they will last up to 4 days or sprouts may turn rancid. These are my favorite!  Note: Almost all US almonds have been heated so make sure the ones you buy are from Europe.

Pumpkin Seeds: Soak 6 – 8 hours. Eat within 2 days. Use hulled pumpkin seeds (the green ones).

Sunflower Seeds: Soak 2 – 3 hours. Use hulled sunflower. Skim off seed skins when rinsing as they will make your sprouts spoil quickly. Best to eat them the same day or within 1 or 2 days.

Walnuts: Soak for 4 hours. Eat within 2 – 3 days. They don’t really sprout because they are not a whole seed but soaking does make them more digestible; even Dr. Oz is a great fan of them.

Once the nuts and seeds are soaked, you can dehydrate at 105 degrees until they are completely dry. Then store in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh.

Enjoy! What is your favorite nut or seed for sprouting?

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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8:46PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Marvellous, love to do this.

10:13AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:34AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012


2:57PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

This is great....! I like to freeze nuts and seeds for future use.

4:04AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thank you

5:06PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thank you

3:56AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

thank you, I grow my own sprouds for years but didn't know about nuts. I rather eat them fresh from the tree.

12:51PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

thank you

12:48PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Been looking for a list like this, thaank you!

6:44AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

I'm allergic to nuts anyway.

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