New to the raw food lifestyle. I have two questions.
1. why soak nuts?
2. I am making a raw brownie recipe I found on this site and I am using raw almonds and walnuts and I wanted to soak them before processing. What is a sufficient amount of time for soaking even though the recipe does not call for soaking?
Nuts contain substances that prevent them from spontaneously sprouting, that way they can wait until the time is right to sprout and therefore have a better chance at surviving and becoming a plant- they wait for rain. So when you soak them sufficiently, they release the enzyme inhibitors, triggering germination and sprouting, meaning a delicious food becomes a food that’s alive with all the potential growning into a plant. There’s so much conflicting info about how long to soak, I just do it overnight except for nuts that don’t have a brown shell (pine and cashews). After you drain off the brown water give them a rinse. Just remember to adequately DRY or DEHYDRATE the soaked nuts before grinding them, otherwise they make a dough more than a meal/flour. A hint on making meal, don’t over process the nuts, which will release their oil, resulting in an oily brownie. Good luck on your brownie!
Yeah, you’ll get different opinions on soaking times. I usually just go with what Tree of Life recommends: 10-12 hours for almonds, 1-2 hours for walnuts. Have fun making your yummy brownies! :)