Nuts are a very nutritious food, but they are best when you prepare them in a traditional way. They can put a strain on the digestive system otherwise. The traditional way means soaking them first.
Peanuts are actually a legume, so are a bit different to ‘tree nuts’, but you should still soak them first. Peanuts can be quite mucous producing so if you or your kids are prone to a bit of phlegm, you might want to choose a different nut.
- 4 cups organic raw peanuts
- 1 tablespoon sea salt (for soaking)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (for making the nut butter)
- Coconut oil to taste
- Filtered water
Place the peanuts, the 1 tablespoon of sea salt and water in a large pyrex bowl.
In the morning drain off the water in a colander or sieve.
Place the soaked nuts on a baking tray and dry in a warm oven (about 60C) for 12-24 hours.
Given them a stir occasionally. If you have a dehydrator, use this instead.
Place the nuts and 1 teaspoon of sea salt in a food processor and blend until the oil releases and forms a butter.
You can add coconut oil at this stage if you wish.