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If you’ve ever made nut milk, you’ve no doubt wondered what to do with the leftovers. The Natural Gourmet Institute came up with a delicious solution.
Once you’ve tried homemade almond milk, it’s hard to go back to store-bought. Many have already fallen in love with the flavor and nutritional benefits of blending and straining their own batches of nut-based milks, but the question that inevitably arises is: what to do with the leftover nut pulp? It’s full of fiber and healthy fats, so it’s a shame to throw it in the trash. Whole plant use – known as “root-to frond” cooking – is a way to celebrate nature’s bounty and reduce food waste, so let’s take it to the next level with “nut-to-pulp” eating!
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Macaroons are an addictively delicious answer to any nut pulp conundrum. Here, almond pulp that would otherwise be discarded becomes the perfect base for a nourishing snack or dessert, with mineral-rich dates and shredded coconut contributing sweetness without any refined sugar. If you don’t have enough nut pulp to make the recipe or want to save up for a larger batch, freeze the pulp in an airtight sandwich baggie and thaw when ready to use. Hazelnuts or pecans would make an excellent stand-in for almonds, but don’t try cashews since they’re too soft and don’t leave pulp behind.
Almond Pulp Macaroons Recipe
(Yield: About 12)
- 3/4 cup almond pulp
- 1/3 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine dates, almond pulp, sea salt, cinnamon and almond extract (if using) in a food processor and pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add shredded coconut and coconut oil and pulse until thoroughly mixed.
- Scoop 1-tablespoon portions of the batter, roll into balls between your palms and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake until golden, 25-30 minutes. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.