One of the most interesting things that I have learned about raw foods, is the importance of soaking and/or sprouting nuts. Nuts have ‘enzyme inhibitors’ on them which make them harder to digest. In addition, these inhibitors keep nuts from being a ‘live’ food- they are in a dormant state. In nature, nuts have enzyme inhibitors to keep them from sprouting prematurely. A good rain can take them out of this stage and prepare them to sprout. At home, you can do the same thing by soaking them. It makes them easier to digest, and it also makes their nutrients more absorbable. If you are reading this thinking that I’m crazy and there is no need to do this, just remember that this is a traditional method of preparation- the Aztecs did it, too!

This is a crazy long article about enzyme inhibitors, and it looks like a ton of work to completely remove these inhibitors from your diet completely. But little efforts here and there are all that’s needed to start!

There are many guides out there for soaking nuts and seeds, but the basics to cover them with water, and a bit of sea salt, changing the water a few times, and then rinsing them thoroughly when their soaking time is up. Do a quick google search for the specifics!

Raw granola is a great way to experiment with soaking and drying nuts and seeds…and it’s delicious! You can use any combination of nuts and seeds that you want, and enjoy this granola on it’s own or with Greek yogurt or raw yogurt.

Raw Granola
By Koko, September 14, 2012

Raw granola made with soaked and dried nuts and seeds, yummy goji berries, protein-packed hemp seeds, and tasty coconut!

  • Raw Almonds – 1 cup, soaked and dehydrated
  • Raw Walnuts – 1 cup, soaked and dehydrated
  • Raw Sunflower Seeds – 1/2 cup, soaked and dehydrated
  • Goji Berries – 1/4 cup
  • Raw Hemp Seeds – 1/4 cup (*I didn’t soak these)
  • Coconut Flakes – 1/4 cup, unsweetened
  • Coconut Syrup or Raw Honey – 1/4 – 1/3 cup, depending on how much sweetness you like
  • Ground Flax – 1 Tbsp
  • Coconut Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Lucuma Powder – 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg – Pinch
  • Water – 1 Tbsp
  • Sea Salt – Pinch

Mix coconut syrup, ground flax, coconut oil, lucuma powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and salt until blended. Toss with remaining ingredients until well mixed. Spread out on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8-12 hours.

  • Wow! How interesting, I never knew that! This certainly looks good…I do love granola!

  • Koko, this looks really delicious and is healthy as well! Have a great Saturday!

  • Cherie

    What if I don’t have a dehydrator? Can I use the oven? For a shorter amount of time of course I would assume….This sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Hey crazy 🙂 – the soaking concept is perfectly sane to me. In fact, I was just having this conversation with my sister-in-law who has suffered from food allergies/intolerance for years… soaking nuts has literally made the difference between her not being able to eat them at all to now having them fully integrated in her diet. She was saying that many people still think of soaking solely in terms of softening the nut not realizing that it actually transforms the food into something digestible! So interesting indeed… I am going to send her the link to your gorgeous granola cup KoKo! She will love this post as much as I did.

  • I have never had a raw granola….now I am totally intrigued with the idea.

  • Interesting, isn’t it Stephie!

    Thanks Katarina!

    Cherie, I’m sure an oven would be fine, although not “technically” raw. I’d put it on the lowest possible temperature and just test one out every little while. It’s easy to taste the difference between a nut still retaining water, and one that’s done drying. Look for that crunch again!

    Kelly, I’m so glad you shared that story! What a perfect example!

    Great, Angie! Glad to intrigue your taste buds!

  • Hi Koko, It’s very intriguing to soaking and drying of the seeds and nuts. This is something I think is really worth trying.

  • momgateway, I think it’s quite worthwhile! Hope you give it a try 🙂

  • Your raw granola rocks! I think this will be so tasty even more with my vegan pear & cashew cheese spread, layered in between the granola, like a raw parfait! 🙂

    Double yum!

  • Thanks Sophie! I totally agree- it would be just perfect for your vegan oear and cashew cheese spread!!

  • This does look yummy!

  • Super recipe Koko! Thanks for sharing. Granola is definitely something I miss from my old way of eating so it’s nice to come across recipes like this that remind me that ‘granola’ CAN be healthy. I strayed from this ever so slightly and used maple syrup in lieu of coconut syrup/honey and also added a handful of raisins. Yummm

  • Hi Libby! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  • Kath

    After soaking the nuts, do i need to dehydrate them separately before i dehydrate the whole mixture? If so, for how long? Looking forward to trying this out! 🙂

  • Hi Kath! Yes,
    Soak the nuts and then dehydrate them until crunchy again… I usually do about 105 degrees for 4-6 hours and then check them and add a few more hours if necessary. When all your nuts are prepared this way, you can go ahead and make the granola and then dehydrate that! 🙂

  • The Peace Patch

    There are days when I literally live on granola…thanks for the health info and superyumful recipe! 🙂