I’ve been in our little yellow kitchen non-stop since getting back to China. It’s definitely my happy place and I’ve been away from it for far too long! Plus, at some point while we were gone our fridge shut off so the entire contents of our freezer (and fridge) spoiled and our selfless friends took the time (gagging and all) to clean it out for us for when we got home. I’m so incredibly grateful for them! While there were some valuable items in our freezer–frozen nuts and seeds, yeast for bread, precious frozen berries for smoothies–it was kind of nice to start with a clean slate. Having a completely empty freezer, however, is giving me lots of things to do as I try to restock it, as well as our fridge and pantry. Since getting back to China I’ve been buying, cutting and freezing fresh fruit for smoothies. Ordering all my whole grains and nuts on Taobao. Making Homemade Whole Wheat No-Knead Sandwich Bread and Whole Grain Sesame Crackers. I’ve even whipped up a batch of cold brew with my new Toddy Cold Brew System (<–I’m obsessed with this by the way) to pair with fresh Homemade Almond Milk. THEN with the leftover almond pulp I’ve been experimenting with different recipes, including this amazing Almond Pulp Freezer Brownie Bites Recipe!
Phew! It sounds tiring, but I couldn’t be happier!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my face a lot on my Instastories. Since we’re finally in a house to ourselves, I’m usually alone in the kitchen and really enjoy sharing my simple recipes and meal prep ideas with others in hopes that it can give them some help and inspiration for the week ahead. I feel like for the past month or two, I’ve been harping on how amazing Homemade Almond Milk is. Especially since my sister-in-law gave the the perfect ratio of ingredients to use, I can’t go back to store bought! But I have been wanting to figure out a few different recipes to use all the leftover almond pulp with, as I hate essentially throwing away a cup’s worth of nuts. Nuts aren’t the cheapest ingredient so I really want to make the most of them!
That’s where this Almond Pulp Freezer Brownie Bites Recipe comes into play! They are rich, chocolatey and so healthy for you! They are sweetened entirely with dates and have lots of protein and fiber in them to satiate you. Plus, they use the almond pulp as is, so there is no extra steps like drying out the almond pulp and turning it into flour.
What is Almond Pulp?
Almond pulp is the wet, almond mixture leftover from making Homemade Almond Milk. To make Homemade Almond Milk you basically blend soaked almonds with water until a creamy, non-dairy milk forms. Then you have to strain the milk through a Nut Milk Bag or Fine Mesh Strainer to remove the thicker almond milk pulp and leave you with really smooth, creamy Homemade Almond Milk. What’s leftover after straining the almond milk is almond pulp!
How to Store Almond Pulp?
If you plan to repurpose the leftover almond pulp, you can store the it in a sealed container or bag in the fridge for about a week. If you want to use it eventually, but don’t think you’ll use it within a week’s time, you can freeze it in a sealed bag or container until needed. To thaw the frozen almond pulp, just relocated it to the fridge until softened or you can probably set it in water to thaw quicker if needed.
How to Use Almond Pulp?
Almond pulp can be used in so many different ways. You can keep it as is and add it to smoothies or oatmeal for some added nutrition. You can dehydrate almond pulp in your oven or a dehydrator and then blend it into almond flour. You can use it in a variety of different recipes (which I’ll share below) and turn it into granola, hummus, crackers, granola bars, brownies, fudge etc.!
How to dry Almond Pulp and turn it into Almond Flour?
Wet almond pulp can be harder to work with due to it’s high moisture content, so a lot of people like to dehydrate it, either in an oven or a dehydrator, and then blend it into almond flour. The almond flour can then be used for baking!
To dry out almond pulp using an oven, set your oven temperature to the lowest setting (170℉-210℉) and spread the almond pulp onto a parchment paper (or silicone baking mat) lined baking tray. Then bake the almond pulp for an hour or two or until completely dry. Then take the dried almond pulp and blend it in a blender or food processor until a fine flour forms. To use a dehydrator, spread the almond pulp onto a teflex sheet and dehydrate it at 115℉ for 4-8 hours or until completely dry. Then blend it into flour using a blender or food processor.
Almond Pulp Recipes:
In addition to these Almond Pulp Freezer Brownie Bites, I plan to come up with lots more almond pulp recipes, so stay tuned! Until then, you can check out these almond pulp recipes:
Let me know in the comments down below if you make this recipe! Rate the recipe and be sure to share it with others as well!
Help The World Eat More Plants!
- 1 batch nut milk pulp (from 1 cup of almonds)
- 1 cup sticky dates
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- pinch salt
- Place the almond pulp and the soft, sticky dates into a blender or food processor and process until a fairly smooth batter forms. I used my Vitamix and kept the speed on a lower setting while using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
- Once a paste forms (see photo), pour the paste into a bowl and add in the remaining ingredients.
- Stir everything together until a chocolatey dough forms.
- Roll the dough into balls and, if desired, roll the balls into extra shredded coconut or cacao powder.
- Place the balls in an airtight container in the freezer.
- Enjoy straight from the freezer!