Activated nuts are raw nuts that have been soaked for long enough to activate the nut's digestive enzymes, which starts the nut's natural sprouting process. We activate nuts to reduce their phytic acid content, which makes them a lot easier to digest. And if that wasn't a good enough reason to try this healthy snack recipe… you'll end up with a tasty batch of healthy snacks with crunchy, slightly-salty goodness!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 12 hrs
Soaking Time: 12 hrs
Total Time: 1 d 5 mins
Serves: 9
Course: Snack
Cuisine: International
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Dietary Requirements: Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Author: I Quit Sugar Blog


  • Baking tray


  • 3 cups mixed nuts (choose your fave nuts)
  • 2 tbsp sea salt



  • Soak the nuts or seeds overnight in a pot of salted water. Note: macadamias and cashews should only be soaked for 6hrs max.
  • The next morning, drain the nuts, and then lay them on a baking tray.

Almost 'No-Bake' Baking

  • Now we 'bake' the nuts in the oven at the very lowest temperature for 12-24 hours. For electric ovens set it to under 65ºC /150°F, or for gas ovens just leave the pilot light on.


IMPORTANT: only soak cashews & macadamias for 6 hours max, otherwise they may go a little slimy and their taste might change. All other nuts are fine to soak for 12 hours longer.  
STORAGE TIP: You can store the cooked activated nuts by popping them in individual serving bags, then eat them straight from the freezer whenever you need a quick, healthy snack to keep you going between meals.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Activated Nuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 1556mg68%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 7IU0%
Vitamin B3 2mg10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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