Have you ever tried making your own almond milk? In addition to increasing your nutrient intake, it’s the ideal solution for those who are lactose intolerant. It only takes a few minutes to make, and enables you to salvage the resulting almond pulp to make additional delicious recipes.
Advantages to making your own almond milk:
- More economical: It’ll cost you much less to make your own almond milk than buying it in a carton at the supermarket.
- Healthier: When you make your own almond milk, you are aware of all the ingredients it contains (mainly water and almonds), and you avoid consuming additives and preservatives, such as carrageenin (carrageenan), which often cause digestive problems (like gastrointestinal inflammation).
- Tailored to your taste: By making your own almond milk, you can be creative and make up your own recipes, adding dates, cocoa, maple syrup or a superfood according to your mood or needs. You could even throw in tea and prepare this Matcha Almond Milk recipe.
Almonds are excellent for your health, and contain a large amount of vegetable protein (30 g are equivalent to 25% of your daily intake), fiber, vitamin E, minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, etc.), while also diminishing cardiovascular disease.
The importance of soaking
Soaking nuts and grains is important for diminishing, and even eliminating, enzyme inhibitors that could make digestion difficult. Enzyme inhibitors serve to protect nuts and grains from external elements in nature. Soaking nuts and grains serves to release these enzyme inhibitors and toxic elements, thereby increasing the bioavailability of vitamins and minerals. It also helps with the blending process, since nuts and grains become softer, which makes truly silky almond milk.
What to do with almond pulp?
Almond pulp is the residue obtained from filtering ground almonds mixed with water in a nut milk bag. It can be used in various ways, like in this Cumin Almond Pulp Crackers recipe. Most importantly, it should be used, to avoid waste and optimize your investment. You can even use it as an ingredient in desserts, such as this Blueberry and Pear Crumble with Chocolate and Almond Pulp.
Is it possible to store almond pulp?
If you’ve just made almond milk but don’t have time to cook, you can freeze the pulp in ice cube trays. The frozen cubes can then easily be thawed out later on to make various recipes, including Orange Almond Pulp Muffins.
You can also dry out almond pulp to make flour. To do this, simply spread the pulp out onto a cookie sheet and dry it in your oven, for 6 to 8 hours, on minimum heat. Once the pulp is completely dry, all that’s left to do is run it through a food processor to create a fine powder. If you add garlic, salt and pepper prior to drying the pulp in the oven, afterwards you’ll be able to make a Crispy Tofu Sticks with Almond Pulp recipe.
Not in the mood for more snacks? Well, we have one more suggestion for your leftover almond pulp queries - a homemade skin scrub! Watch the video to learn just how easy you can make this all-natural skin scrub that will leave your skin fresh and hydrated!
Now let’s hear from you! What are your favorite almond pulp recipes?