If you’ve ever made your own almond milk, or any nut or seed milk (you can find an amazing nut milk tutorial here if you haven’t), you’ll know the process leaves you with a small pile of almond pulp. Please don’t throw it away! There are a number of uses for almond pulp that are absolutely delicious, will add an extra fibre boost to your food and will help you cut down on food waste.
Here’s what we like to do: stockpile the almond pulp in a jar in the freezer and then when we have enough, we defrost it to incorporate into a healthy, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. We love making almond milk, so we often have almond pulp on hand, but you can save the pulp from any nut or seed milk you like to create.
These are just some of our favourite uses for almond pulp and almond pulp recipes – give them a try!
1. Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs
Spread your nut milk pulp onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and dry it at your oven’s lowest temperature, or use a food dehydrator to make it raw. Once your pulp is dry, crumble it up and store in the fridge to use in recipes that call for bread crumbs as a topping or breading. This is one of our favourite uses for almond pulp!
2. Almond Pulp Crackers
3. Almond Pulp Baked Goods
Cookies, muffins, quick breads, brownies, granola bars, pie crusts – whatever your fave, you can find a recipe that integrates almond pulp. Since nut milk pulp is rich in fibre, you may need to add some extra liquid into the mix – so be prepared with at least an additional 1/4 cup of liquid.
4. Homemade Almond Flour
Almond flour can be incredibly expensive, so why not blend your own from leftover almond pulp. Dry out your almond pulp using the instructions above for gluten-free breadcrumbs, and then pulverize it in a blender or spice grinder until superfine. This is great for Paleo-style recipes.
5. Almond Pulp Hummus
Love beans and legumes, but despise the gassiness that ensues? Blend up a bean-free hummus using almond pulp or nut milk pulp instead. With the addition of hummus flavours like tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon, you’ll get your hummus fix without the side effects.
Smoothies are a wonderful hodgepodge situation that you can stuff with a wide variety of nutritious ingredients that you wouldn’t necessarily eat all on their own. Almond pulp adds texture, thickness and fibre to your favourite smoothie recipe. Start off by adding 1-2 tbsp into the blender and then work up to 1/4 cup or more!
7. Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate
Try adding your extra almond pulp to homemade dairy-free chocolate, like in raw fudge or pudding recipes or in the filling for almond butter cups. You won’t regret it.
8. Almond Pulp Vegan Cheese
Almond pulp has a ricotta cheese-like texture, so it’s the perfect stand-in for vegan cheese recipes. You can mix your favourite herbs and spices into almond pulp and then chill it, or shape it into logs or balls and then roll it in a herb crust. Either way, you’ll end up with an amazingly more-ish snack.
9. Almond Pulp Energy Bites
Energy bites are little nuggets of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, or spices, which means that your leftover almond pulp will fit right in with the crowd. Fold your almond pulp into the mix the next time you make no-bake balls, squares or bites!
What have we missed? What are your favourite uses for almond pulp?