Many of you have been wanting to know more about the benefits and details of soaking nuts and seeds. Here are some of the essentials from the "Transitioning to Living Cuisine" book:
Our goal in soaking nuts and seeds is to release the enzyme inhibitor for easier digestion and better assimilation of the nutrients. Another benefit is that the nutritional value increases dramatically as the seed starts to sprout.
Makes 3 cups
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 1/2” (3.8 cm) pieces
2 stalks of celery, cut into 1 1/2” (3.8 cm) pieces
1 yellow pepper, seeds removed and cut into 1 1/2” (3.8 cm) pieces
1 clove garlic, core removed
1 cup (240 ml) sunflower seeds, soaked in water for 8-10 hrs
1/4 cup (60 ml) sesame seeds, soaked in water for 8-10 hrs
1/4 cup (60 ml) pecans, soaked in water for 30 minutes
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
3 Tablespoons (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon (5 ml) curry powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon (.625 ml) ground white pepper
1/4 lb. (113 gm) spinach
Place all ingredients except the spinach in high-speed blender and run on high speed with tamper for about 30 seconds until creamy. Add the spinach to the dip and pulse chop it on medium speed with tamper until it is finely chopped but not pureed.
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It's actually quite easy to make nut milk from scratch and I have several recipes for different nut milks in the TLC program. However I'm going to share an even easier way with you here that literally takes less than 1 minute!
4 cups water
3 Tablespoons (45 ml) raw coconut butter* (or raw coconut cream or coconut manna)
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) raw almond butter* (or raw cashew butter or raw hemp seed butter)
4 dates, pitted (optional)
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla powder (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Combine all ingredients in Vitamix (or other high-speed blender) and blend until smooth (about 30 seconds) and enjoy!
*All coconut butter and nut butters are not created equal. If you are searching for the best raw nut butters I recommend Rejuvenative, Healthy Traditions (used to be called Tropical Traditions) and Artisana or Dastony brands. Nutiva's coconut manna is also a good brand, however it is not raw.
Is Nutella really a part of a healthy breakfast? Can you believe it has more sugar in it than chocolate icing?
Here's a quick and easy, healthy recipe that you can make in less than a minute in your Vitamix (or other high-speed blender)!
2 cups (480 ml) raw hazelnuts*
1 ripe banana
¼ cup carob powder (or cacao powder)
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla powder or vanilla extract
6-8 large dates, pitted (soak in water for 15 minutes if they are not moist)
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) coconut butter or coconut oil
Combine all ingredients in Vitamix blender and run on high speed with tamper until smooth. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
*It is best to soak the hazelnuts for 8 hours to release the enzyme inhibitor and then dehydrate them at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for 24-48 hours or until crunchy. This is the optimum way, but they can be made with just raw hazelnuts for those who aren't ready for the soaking process.
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Here are the directions for making homemade vanilla powder:
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