Eat almonds as your snack in a more exciting way. Discover the ultimate nutrient boost, benefits and easy digestion of consuming Soaked Almonds compared to the raw ones. After you try our Activated Almonds Recipe, you will never eat almonds any other way.
Soaked almonds are often considered a better alternative to raw almonds and are commonly consumed as a snack or added to various dishes for enhanced flavor and benefits.
Benefits of Consuming Soaked Almonds
Consuming soaked almonds can be good for you in several ways. When you soak almonds in water, they become softer and easier to digest plus they also contain fewer calories and less fat. This is when our body inhibits nutrient absorption from the soaked almonds.
If you’re looking to improve your skin, soaked almonds can also help. Eating them can give your skin a surprising glow and keep it looking fresh. It’s like giving your skin a little natural spa treatment.
To tell you more, soaked almonds may be kinder to your waistline. And since it is also a good source of protein, it can make you feel full and satisfied, so you might eat fewer snacks. They’re like a snack that tells your tummy, “I’m full!”
Why Eating Soaked Almonds Are Better Than Raw Almonds?
Eating soaked almonds is considered better than raw ones for a few reasons. When almonds are soaked, they absorb water and undergo slight changes that make them easier to digest.
Whenever I eat them raw, I think of hurting my jaw or damaging my gums because of their hard texture. And so when I tried soaking my almonds overnight, it gave me an idea of how I would enjoy eating them.
And since the soaking process softens the almonds, it’s making them gentler to chew. Eating soaked almonds instead of raw ones is like choosing nuts over chips for a snack.
Soaked Almonds Are Way Tastier Than The Raw Ones
Eating soaked almonds is much more tasty compared to raw almonds for several reasons:
- Soaking your almonds, enhances the flavor transforming them into milder fresher taste
- Their texture is improved for much softer, creamier and satisfying to bite to
- Soaked almonds also retain moisture, which helps in overall taste and easier to chew and digest
- They can be a great addition to your cooking and baking, adding a slightly different taste than raw store bought almonds.
Some people still prefer raw almonds for their content and taste. The decision to consume soaked or raw almonds would depend on personal preferences. But I can assure you, that once you will soak them overnight, you are not going back ever.
How To Make Soaked Raw Almonds
Let me walk you through the simple and delightful process of making soaked almonds. With just a few easy steps, you can enjoy eating almonds with more benefits than your usual nut snack.
- Food Dehydrator
- Raw Almonds
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR SOAKED AND ACTIVATED ALMONDS
First Step: Prepare the Ingredients Needed
Prepare your almonds and get your bowl with fresh water ready.
Second Step: Soak The Almonds
Wash the almonds before everything else because the skin retains quite a lots of dirt.
What I usually do is put them in the strainer, put the almonds in half a cup of water and gently wash them. You can do the same process as many times as you like to make sure the almonds are clean before getting into the soaking process.
After washing them, transfer the rinsed almonds into a clean bowl. Pour enough water into the bowl to completely cover the almonds. The almonds will expand as they soak, so make sure there’s enough water to submerge them.
Allow the almonds to soak for approximately 8-12 hours. For best results, almonds can be soaked overnight by placing them somewhere in your kitchen at room temperature.
In addition, if you’re doing a longer soak, it’s a good idea to change the water at least once or twice during the process.
Third Step: Dehydrate The Almonds
After soaking, drain the water from the almonds and rinse them under cold running water to remove any residue from the almonds’ skin.
I usually pat them dry by using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. You have to make sure they are free of excess water before proceeding to the next step.
Lay out the soaked and dried almonds on the dehydrator trays in a single layer. Make sure the almonds are evenly spaced and not clumped together.
Place the trays in the dehydrator and set the timer for approximately 12-24 hours, depending on your desired level of dryness and crispiness. You can also check the almonds from time to time and rotate the trays for even drying.
Fourth Step: Store
Once the almonds are evenly dehydrated, you can remove them from the dehydrator and let them cool down to room temperature. I do this to see what texture and crunchiness I achieved after dehydrating them.
You can enjoy your almonds by eating them at any time of the day, but if you want to save them for later, you can store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They should last for several weeks to months.
TRICKS AND TIPS TO MAKE SOAKED ALMONDS AS A NUTRITIONAL SNACK:
- Add Salt (Optional) – Some people like me to add a pinch of salt to the soaking water to make the almond skin better.
- Peel the Skin (Optional) – If you prefer, you can peel the skin off the soaked almonds. Some people like eating nuts like almonds without the skin because it’s easier to chew it has a milder flavour and it will have a different kick on our taste buds.
- Use in Recipes – You can use soaked almonds in various recipes like smoothies, salads, and desserts, or just eat them as a snack.
- Discard Water – Do not consume the water used for soaking, as it may be contaminated.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Substitute for Almonds
If you’re looking for a substitute for raw almonds due to allergies, dietary preferences, or simply not having them on hand, there are a few alternatives you can find:
- Soy Nuts – Roasted soy nuts have a similar crunch to almonds and walnuts and can be used in salads, baking, or as a snack.
- Almond Milk – If you want almonds but don’t feel like chewing them, you can make almond milk by transforming them from nuts to milk, also for easier absorption.
- Coconut Flakes – For recipes that call for sliced or slivered almonds for texture or garnish, coconut flakes can be a suitable replacement. They offer a similar appearance and crunch.
- Granola – If using almonds for a topping or as an ingredient in yogurt, smoothies, or cereal, granola can be a flavorful substitute with added crunch.
- Oats – For recipes that require ground almonds (like in gluten-free baking), ground oats or oat flour can often be used instead.
How Long Almonds Should Be Soaked In Water?
- Overnight Soaking (8-12 hours) – This is a common and convenient method. Place the almonds in a bowl, cover them with water, and let them soak overnight or for about 8 to 12 hours.
- Quick Soaking (1-2 hours) – If you don’t have the time for overnight soaking, you can soak almonds for 1 to 2 hours in warm water to achieve a similar result.
- Boiling Method (10-15 minutes) – Some people prefer to lighten the almonds by boiling them for about 10-15 minutes. After boiling, rinse them with cold water and then remove the skins.
How Do I Store Soaked Almonds?
After placing your almonds in a glass air-tight container, you can:
- Store them in a cool, dark, and dry place to help avoid direct sunlight and heat. Somewhere in your kitchen pantry is a good location.
- Avoid storing your almonds near strong-smelling foods because almonds can absorb odors easily and you won’t like the taste of it anymore.
Yes, you can freeze activated almonds. Freezing soaked or activated almonds also helps preserve their freshness and extend their shelf life and it will have the same taste quality as if they’re freshly soaked.
If you are looking for more clean eating recipes you can make at home, try and enjoy our delicious brioche French toast casserole that is perfect for a cozy day. Baked radish chips for some snacks and sharing.
For a level-up dessert, show your creativity by making our protein cheesecake with wild blueberries and a nutty crust. And our white chocolate covered strawberries that you can make on any special occasion.
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- 2 Cups of Almonds
- Prepare your almonds and get your bowl with fresh water ready.
- Wash the almonds before everything else because the skin retains quite a lots of dirt. Allow the almonds to soak for approximately 8-12 hours. For best results, almonds can be soaked overnight by placing them somewhere in your kitchen at room temperature.
- After soaking, drain the water from the almonds and rinse them under cold running water to remove any residue from the almonds' skin. Place the trays in the dehydrator and set the timer for approximately 12-24 hours.
- Once the almonds are evenly dehydrated, you can remove them from the dehydrator and let them cool down to room temperature. I do this to see what texture and crunchiness I achieved after dehydrating them.
- Add Salt (Optional) - Some people like me to add a pinch of salt to the soaking water to make the almond skin better.
- Peel the Skin (Optional) - If you prefer, you can peel the skin off the soaked almonds. Some people like eating nuts like almonds without the skin because it's easier to chew it has a milder flavour and it will have a different kick on our taste buds.
- Use in Recipes - You can use soaked almonds in various recipes like smoothies, salads, and desserts, or just eat them as a snack.
- Discard Water - Do not consume the water used for soaking, as it may be contaminated.
Serving Size:1/4 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 4gCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gProtein: 2g