Do you soak your nuts?

Soak your nuts

Have you noticed recently that more recipes, especially smoothies, are recommend that you soak your nuts before you eat them?

Wondering what the story is?

Then read on and I will explain the why, how long and which nuts, seeds and grains should be soaked before you eat them.

Why soak your nuts

Many nuts, seeds, grains and cereals contain phytic acid. Phytic acid can inhibit the absorption of calcium and can make digestion more difficult.

Soaking nuts, seeds and grains allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralise the phytic acid. Similarly, cooking cereals and grains, such as quinoa and oats, will also inactivate the phytic acid.

How long to soak

When buying nuts and seeds be sure to buy them raw, unsalted and not roasted.

Soak your nuts in cold water, in double amount of water to nuts. Then drain and discard the water they have been soaking in. Give them a quick rinse in cold water. They are now ready to be used immediately in your smoothie or cooking. They will give your smoothie a rich, creamy texture as will as providing you with source of great nutrients.

  • Cashews and macadamia nuts – 2 hours
  • Oats and brown rice – 8 hours or overnight
  • Almonds – 8 hours or overnight
  • Brazil, pine nuts, hemp seeds and pistachios don’t need to be soaked.

Choc Cashew Thickshake

Serves 2


  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon avocado
  • 5 frozen coconut milk cubes (about 1/4 cup liquid coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 banana, frozen


  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and well combined.

Time saver tip

  • If you don’t have time to soak your nuts you can substitute with almond meal (almond flour).
  • Don’t waste your left over coconut milk (once opened, it usually only lasts a few days). Freeze your coconut milk in ice cube trays. Once frozen place in a ziplock bag in the freezer. You can use them frozen in smoothies as needed.
  • You can also freeze left over coconut water. Same as above for coconut milk.

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3 Thoughts on “Do you soak your nuts?

  1. Yep, you’re right. I’ve definitely noticed the soaking recommendation on more recipes but I rarely follow it. I know it’s something I need to get into but it always seems like too much effort at the time x

    • Hi Jenny, just do what you can. If you only occasionally eat nuts then don’t worry too much. I soak my cashews in the morning while I have a shower and do my morning yoga. That way by the time I cut up fruit and prepare my other smoothie ingredients my cashews have finished soaking. K

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