How to Make Soy Nuts

published by Kristie Leong MD on Nov 23, 2007

Soy nuts are a delicious and healthy snack. Here I show you how to make your own at home.

Are you looking for an inexpensive and nutritious snack food? A serving of roasted soy nuts contains around twelve grams of protein and is a significant source of isoflavones and omega 3 fatty acids. Plus, there’s nothing easier than making your own dry roasted soy nuts at home in your oven. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy snack food, you can snack on a handful of delicious, homemade soy nuts. Here’s how to make soy nuts in your own kitchen:

Purchase your soybeans.

Purchase a bag of dry soy nuts at your local grocery store or natural food cooperative. Soybeans are quite inexpensive and you’ll find them to be quite versatile.

Soak your soybeans.

Soybeans need to be soaked overnight in order to soften them in preparation for roasting. Fill a big stainless steel pan full of water and soak your soybeans at room temperature for at least eight hours. Remove them from the water and place them on a towel to soak up any excess water.

Roast your soybeans.

Place your drained soybeans in a single layer on the bottom of a baking pan. Place them in the oven and bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about two and a half hours. You should check the pan every thirty minutes and gently stir the soybeans to prevent overcooking. Your soybeans should be removed from the oven when they’re still soft and golden brown in color. Upon cooling, they will reach their final crisp state.

Add seasonings and spices.

Seasonings are best added while your soybeans are still warm. Sprinkle with salt and your choice of spices. Some interesting ones to try include cumin, curry, garlic, onion powder, chili powder, or barbeque powder. Experiment a bit with different combinations until you come up with one that suits you.

Your freshly roasted soy nuts are best stored in the refrigerator to prevent the oil from turning rancid. Roasted soy nuts have a third less fat than peanuts and are great to carry on camping trips, place in your child’s lunch box, mix into homemade trail mix, or just eat them straight out of the container. They’re a very satisfying and filling snack when you don’t have time to eat a full meal. Plus, you can save money by making them yourself.

Now that you know how to make roasted soy nuts, you’ll be able to avoid feeding more coins into the vending machines at work and can experience the health benefits that soybeans have to offer.


2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Nick Marinich
    February 2nd, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    does the 200 degree F oven temp used for roasting soynuts destroy the trypsin inhibitor in the soy bean. If not, what temp must be attained to do so?

  2. # 2 by Mark Wright
    May 26th, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    350 degrees F I read.

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