How to Activate Almonds
How to Activate Almonds
Inactivated almonds, whether they are raw or roasted, contain enzyme inhibitors that prevent your digestive system from extracting all of their valuable nutrients.However, by soaking your almonds in water, you can trick them into sprouting. In their sprouting state, all of the almonds’ proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are activated, while the enzyme inhibitors are deactivated. Activate your almonds to get the most nutrients out of them!
Soaking the Almonds
Purchase raw almonds from your local grocery store.If your local grocery store doesn’t carry raw almonds, check your local health food store. You can either purchase non-organic or organic raw almonds.
- Make sure they are unsalted and not roasted.
Pour 2 to 4 cups (280 to 560 grams) of raw almonds in a large bowl.Use a bowl that is large enough to hold the almonds and the water to cover them. Whether you use 2 or 4 cups depends on how many almonds you want to activate.
Cover the raw almonds with water.Pour enough water into the bowl until all of the almonds are submerged by 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of water. Add a half of a tablespoon to a tablespoon (9 to 18 grams) of sea salt to the bowl. Use a spoon to stir the almonds, salt, and water together.
- The salt helps to deactivate the enzyme inhibitors.
Soak the almonds for 7 to 12 hours.Cover the bowl with a clean cloth. Set the bowl aside on a counter. Let the almonds soak overnight, or for 7 to 12 hours.
Drain and rinse the almonds.Once the almonds have finished soaking, pour them into a sieve to drain them. Hold the sieve under running water to rinse the almonds of salt and other debris.
Eat the almonds raw.You can eat the almonds raw without roasting them. However, if you like the taste and crunch of dry almonds, then dry them in an oven or a dehydrator.
Drying the Almonds
Season the almonds with salt or a dry mix if you want to.Fill the bottom of a small bowl with salt, cinnamon sugar, Cajun seasoning, or one of your favorite dry mixes. Toss the almonds in the dry mix until they are evenly coated.
Lay them on a baking sheet.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the almonds onto the parchment paper. Spread them out evenly on the baking sheet.
- The almonds should be lying flat, and not overlapping each other, on the parchment paper.
Cook the almonds in a 150 °F (66 °C) oven for 12 to 24 hours.If your oven’s lowest temperature setting is above 150 °F (66 °C), then bake them on the lowest setting for 8 to 10 hours. The almonds are done when they taste dry, or when their centers are dry and not wet and soft.
- Make sure your almonds are completely dry before storing them. If they are not completely dry, mold will grow on them, even if they are stored in an airtight container.
Use a dehydrator to dry them if you have one.Set your dehydrator to 150 °F (66 °C). Lay the almonds in a single layer on the dehydrator trays. Place the almonds in the dehydrator for 12 to 24 hours, or until crispy.
- You do not need to line the dehydrator trays with parchment paper.
Store the almonds in an airtight container.Let the almonds cool to room temperature, about an hour. Place the almonds in a mason jar, or a plastic or glass container that is airtight. Store them in your pantry for 1 month.
- You can also store them in the fridge for up to 6 months.
To activate raw almonds, place 2 to 4 cups of almonds into a large bowl. Next, pour water into the bowl until the almonds are submerged by 1.5 inches of water. Then, add 1 tablespoon of sea salt and stir it together with the almonds and water. Cover and soak the almonds for 7 to 12 hours, then drain and rinse them under running water. Eat the almonds raw, or dry them in the oven or a food dehydrator.
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