My Activated Nut Mix is perfect for car rides, school days, hiking, picnics, mid-afternoon snacking, and so much more! I eat a handful, if not more, every single day because I love this Activated Nut Mix so much!
Because homemade nut mixes are my go-to snack for protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, I want to make sure that I am getting the most nutrition out of every bite, which is where “activation” comes into the picture.
Nuts contain an enzyme that inhibits nutrient absorption called phytic acid, and this enzyme’s main job is too keep the nutrients “locked” in the nut or seed until the seed is ready to sprout and grow. This is how nuts, seeds, grains, and beans are shelf-stable for long periods of time. Yet, the phytic acid can also create problems in individuals with sensitive or weaker digestive systems because the phytic acid makes foods difficult to digest. When the nutrients in the nut are blocked from being absorbed properly due to phytic acid, this process can cause gastrointestinal distress such as bloating, gas, or discomfort.
However, soaking nuts and dehydrating them causes the phytic acid to release and increases the nutrient value of the nuts, which in turn makes the nuts easier to digest! The soaking process can be done with nuts, seeds, grains, beans, and flours, and if you are having issues with any of these foods, I highly recommend you try soaking and sprouting!
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- 2 cups raw cashews
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1 tsp salt
- In a large bowl, cover all the nuts with warm water and salt.
- Change the water every 2-3 hours as the water turns cloudy.
- After 6-8 hours, set your oven as low as it will go. Mine reaches 170˚F. A dehydrator will work beautifully as well!
- Rinse the nuts thoroughly and spread evenly on a large baking sheet.
- Dehydrate in the oven or dehydrator for 12-14 hours or until completely dried out.
- Snack immediately and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.