How to Sprout Almonds

For a few years as a vegetarian, I turned to almonds as a source of protein. While I’ve since exchanged vegetarianism for diverse local foods, almonds remain one of the few faraway foods that I continue to enjoy.

The tricky thing with almonds is that, like all seeds (technically they’re drupes, not nuts), they contain phytic acid, or phytates, which lower nutrient bioavailability and tap into our own mineral reserves for their digestion. Sprouting almonds moderates the high levels of phytic acid, making them more nutritious. Plus, they taste sweeter!

Freshly roasted almonds crack and hiss as the steam releases.
How to Sprout Almonds
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 3 days
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 3 days
Freshly roasted almonds crack and hiss as the steam releases.
How to Sprout Almonds
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 3 days
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 3 days
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Soak the almonds overnight in a bowl of filtered water.
    Soak almonds in filtered water overnight.
  2. Strain the cloudy water from the almonds and rinse with fresh water from the faucet.
    After the first soaking, chemical changes in the sprouting almonds cloud the water.
  3. Lay the almonds to dry completely on a clean dishtowel. Notice the sprouts that appear after the first soaking. Once the almonds dry, rinse them and dry them again. Repeat rinsing and drying process two more times.
    A tiny sprout, about 1/8" long, emerges from the almonds.
  4. Stir the dry almonds in a bowl with olive oil and salt to coat lightly. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for ten minutes.
    Freshly roasted almonds crack and hiss as the steam releases.
  5. Enjoy piping hot almonds from the oven or let cool to room temperature before storing in airtight containers.
    Once the roasted almonds cool to room temperature, store in airtight containers.
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