Homemade LSA – Nut and Seed Mix


May 20, 2010

Make homemade LSA with linseeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Grind the nuts and seeds in your food processor, and store in the fridge.

Homemade LSA – Nut and Seed Mix

Since I posted the raw nut and seed bars, I’ve received numerous emails about where to get LSA.

In Australia, LSA is widely recognized and available at mainstream grocery stores. Dr Sandra Cabot ‘s book, The Liver Cleansing Diet made this magical mix famous.

LSA stands for a blend of ground linseeds (flax seeds), sunflower seeds, and almonds. This mix is an amazing source of dietary fiber, protein, omega fatty acids, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, copper and zinc, and vitamins A, B, D and E.

This mix also loves on your liver. Our livers store vitamins, metabolize fats, and cleanse the body by breaking down toxic wastes so they can be expelled from the body. We want our livers firing on all cylinders. LSA cleanses the liver by supplying it with easily digestible nutrients.

Add it to smoothies; sprinkle it on oatmeal and other cereals; stir it through yogurt, chia pudding, and fruit salad; fortify baked goods; or use it to bind veggie burgers, fruit rolls, and power bars.

I prefer not to purchase pre-ground and mixed LSA. Make your own to ensure maximum freshness and quality, and store in a sealed container in the fridge.

Other Condiments

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Homemade Ketchup
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Chimichurri
Kimchi

Let me know what you think of this homemade LSA in the comments!

Your feedback is important, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.

 

Homemade LSA - Nut and Seed Mix

Make homemade LSA with linseeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Grind the nuts and seeds in your food processor, and store in the fridge.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grind the flax seeds in a spice grinder until the texture of a fine meal. 
  2. Throw the sunflower seeds and almonds into a food processor fitted with the s blade and pulse until the consistency of a fine meal. Add in the flax meal, and pulse again until evenly combined. 
  3. Transfer to a sealed glass container, and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz, and styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 29

  1. Hi there, I have always bought my LSA now I want to make for myself! You said that you use nuts/seeds that have been soaked and dehydrated, do you do that yourself or buy them as such? And can you use a blender, I have a blendtec, rather than a food processor or grinder? Thanks so much cant wait to try it out.

    1. Hey Nicole.
      You can absolutely make this mix in your BlendTec. Just make sure you only grind until you get a rough consistency. Or you will end up with LSA flour. LOL!
      With regards to the soaking and dehydrating: I always do it myself. I have included a link below with more information on how to easily do this yourself. You can buy “sprouted” or “activated” nuts, grains, and seeds from health food stores. But they are very expensive. It is not necessary to soak and dehydrate the nuts in order to enjoy this homemade LSA. But I do it to remove the enzyme inhibitors and improve digestion. Enjoy 🙂
      http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/hints_tips/soaking_nuts_seeds_grains

  2. I am an aussie and I do not soak anything, I just blend the 3 ingredients roughly together in my thermomix, 1 cup of each, put in airtight containers in the fridge. I use this on my breakfast, I.e. porridge., cereal and boy does it make me regular. No yucky mixtures to swallow, just a couple of spoonfuls daily, and it tastes great as well

  3. It’s because Americans call linseed flaxseed, so I suppose for them it would be called FSA or something. In any case I’ve seen way more linseed/flaxseed on offer in US supermarkets than in Australia where it seems to only be available in the weird/healthy section of the supermarket. I’ve lived in Australia for 4 years so I think I know what I’m talking about..

  4. I grind mine up daily with a mortar and pestle. I always wanted to use this ancient gadget and now I have found the perfect excuse for a daily grind. They reckon the fresher the better with LSA. And according to one source .the energy that you put into seeds & nut foods when you grind them yourself is incomparable. Anyway, I love the daily grind!

  5. I make this for myself and my mum. Mum has run out and I’m out of almonds: can I substitute cashews and peanuts, as I have a bag of plain, mixed ones in? Just this once. Do they contain the omegas that almonds provide?

    1. I don’t recommend using cashews or peanuts in this blend. Peanuts are carcinogenic, and cashews can cause fungus. These nuts are also acid forming, whereas almonds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds are all alkaline.

  6. I have seen it in Utah when visiting there a few years back so definitely not unique to Aus. I am not big on doing big batches and storing so
    I make mine as I go each day in my morning smoothie. My recipe is one big lemon fresh off the tree one cup water then teaspoon of turmeric 3 of linseed 2 sunflower 1 almonds about four acually as they dont sit on the teaspoon. I blitz it for about a minute. Great starter for the day.

    1. Great. Thanks for sharing Michael, and thanks for letting me know you can get it made up in the U.S. I have never seen it. And yes, it is best to make it in small batches as you need it.

  7. I have been making LSA at home for some time and use everyday. As I don’t have a dark glass container I keep it in a Plastic container and in the fridge, I would like to ask, is this a bad way to keep it?

    1. If that is what you have, that is totally fine Elena. As long as you’re keeping it in the fridge to keep the nuts and seeds fresh.

  8. Planning on making a nut and seed loaf but couldn’t find LSA for sale in the UK, then came across your site, yaaaaay! Going to get some linseed tomorrow but I note you can buy either brown or golden – does it matter which you use for LSA? Also, what is the soaking and dehydrating thing? TIA x

  9. Last time I made a batch of LSA the lnseeds didn’t grind up properly. I’ve tried putting then the food processor before the sunflowers and almonds but that didn’t make any difference. Any hints on how to get them to grind up well?

    1. Yes, great question. I’m sorry you had that experience. That can happen with certain food processors. I would pre-grind the flax in a spice grinder or coffee grinder (not being used for coffee) before adding them to the sunflower and almond mixture. I hope that helps.

  10. Thank you for posting this article and for the link to soaking and dehydrating. I am very interested but the link does not seem to be working for me. http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/resources/how_to#/why-soak-grains-nuts-and-seeds Also, I have not seen LSA in Atlanta, GA where I live but I learned about it whilst living in NZ recently for 6 months 🙂 I am working on recreating a paleo cereal that worked well for me that I found in NZ. They have LSA as the first ingredients. I wonder if the LSA they use is in the same 3-2-1 formula that you mention in your post. Sorry for the “dumb” question but it would help me in accurately recreating the cereal. They told me to try to recreate it as they cannot ship to the US but they were not able to give me any proportions. Also, can you think of a reason a cereal might contain the almonds from LSA AND almond meal near the end of an ingredients list? Thank you so much for your amazing website!

  11. Hi love this website. I’m intolerant to nuts and am wondering if I can substitute a seed that offers similar health benefits. Thank you.

    1. Thanks, you can absolutely substitute another seed: you can either just grind sunflower seeds and linseeds/flaxseeds, or you can use those two and add in 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or sprouted watermelon seeds. They’re both alkaline forming and loaded with protein and minerals.

  12. Hi Blender Girl! Thanks for sharing this information, very useful! I enjoy backing and I was wondering if I could substitute all-purpose flour for LSA mix? Thanks a lot

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