SPROUTING CHICKPEAS (GARBANZO) RAW
When trying to incorporate RAW FOOD RECIPES into your diet, do not miss out on your favorite beans. Most all beans can be sprouted so that they are edible and still adhere to the basic principles of raw foodism (by not cooking them above 116 degrees). Choose organic dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) to ensure that your body receives all of the chemical-free vitamins and nutrients as possible. Be sure to remember that dried beans will expand 3 to 4 times their original size and will ferment quickly if not rinsed and drained properly.
The process is simple:
Soak your beans in clean water overnight, for about 8 to 10 hours. After soaking, rinse the beans well and then drain all of the water possible from the beans. Place them into a large wide-mouthed clean recycled glass jar in a cool, semi-lit location like a windowsill, cover the jar with a piece of cheese cloth. Check the bean sprouts every 6 to 8 hours, rinsing, draining and returning them to a clean jar. Sprouted chickpea’s beans are generally tender and ready to eat after about 1 1/2 days; however, you can leave them up to 5 full days for longer sprouts. Finish the sprouting process by giving the beans a final rinse and then placing them in a clean covered jar in the refrigerator. Before eating them, rinse well. Eat your sprouted beans within about 1 week. You can also freeze your beans for a later use, just rinse, drain well and place on a small cookie sheet and freeze for 3 hours. Remove the frozen beans from the cookie sheet, put in a sealed container back into the freezer for up to 6 months.