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Just like with beans, you can soak nuts to increase their digestibility and nutrient absorption.  And it couldn’t be easier.  In this video, I soak pecans because they are plentiful where I live in central Texas, but you can use this technique for any variety of nuts.

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Why Should I Soak Nuts?

Soaking nuts in salted water and then allowing them to dry gently, makes the nuts much more digestible and allows our bodies to better assimilate the nutrients that are in nuts.

Plus, soaking and drying nuts helps them taste more delicious. So be sure to try this crispy nuts recipe to make pecans that taste like butter.

How Did Crispy Nuts Get Its Name?

If you’re wondering why they are called “crispy” nuts, it’s because after we soak them, we dry the nuts in a low-temperature (“cool”) oven.  Once they are dry, the nuts have a nice exterior crunch, but the center is delightfully tender.

Now, if you’re a purist and you want to retain every last bit of enzymes contained in the soaked nuts, you’ll want to dehydrate them at 110°F.  But don’t worry if you don’t have a dehydrator.  You can dry the soaked nuts in a cool oven set to its lowest setting.

How Long Does It Take to Make Crispy Pecans?

If you are drying the soaked nuts in a dehydrator, it can take anywhere from 12-24 hours.  On the other hand, if you are drying them in a cool oven, it will take anywhere from 8-12 hours.

How to Know When Your Crispy Pecans Are Dry?

The best test is to feel the texture of your crispy pecans.  Once they feel dry to the touch, give them a taste.  If they have a nice crispy exterior, they’re done.  If you’re not sure, leave them to dry for another hour or so.

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How to Make Crispy Pecans

Prep: 5 mins
Soaking and Drying Time: 16 hrs
Total: 16 hrs 5 mins
Yield: 24
Make crispy pecans by soaking nuts to increase their digestibility and nutrient absorption. You can use this technique with any type of nuts.


  • 1 1/2 pounds Pecans or another nut of choice
  • 2 tbsp Coarse ground Celtic sea salt


  • Place nuts in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt.
  • Cover nuts with water and allow to soak 8-12 hours.
  • After soaking, drain your nuts in a colander.
  • Spread your nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in an oven set to its lowest setting. Allow to dry between 8-12 hours.
  • Alternatively, if using a dehydrator, spread nuts onto a lined dehydrator sheet and place the sheet into the dehydrator set to 110°F. Allow to dry 12-24 hours.
  • Once dry and cooled, store in an airtight container. At room temperature, the nuts will stay fresh for three months. If stored in the refrigerator, they will stay fresh for six months or up to one year if stored in the freezer.



The drying time for making Crispy Nuts will vary depending on the type of nut you use.  Test for dryness by feeling the nuts.  If they feel dry, taste one.  If it has a crunchy exterior, they are dry.  If you are not sure, leave them to dry for another hour or so.
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Nutrient Dense Foods, Soaked Nuts, Soaked Pecans
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