My sunflower seeds came out that way when I dried them in metal and/or enamel pans. Also, where I live it takes a few days in the dehydrator or oven, not 24 hours. It's really humid here in the south, is Bellingham damp like Seattle? That would mean more drying time too. A lot more. Another minutae is that different nuts really take different soaking times, and I haven't figured that out yet. I am sure however that all of the NT recipes are more of a ymmv deal. She does not seem to have taken humidity into effect-yogurt cheese molds here on the counter while straining, for instance.