almondmilk

Don’t Throw Away your Almond Pulp!

Hopefully, you have already made some almond milk at home or are planning to make it soon. Here is the link to my homemade almond milk post in case you missed it https://redwhiteandsparkling.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/almond-milk-how-to-make-it-yourself-and-why/

I mentioned in that post, to keep the leftover almond pulp because there are many things you can do with it! Isn’t it great that you can have some of the tastiest and freshest almond milk made at your own home and then use the leftovers for much more? It’s all about doing it yourself, getting the most nutrition out of your food, keeping the waste level as low as possible, and saving money.

The first thing you need to do is let your almond pulp dry. I just spread it out in a wide pan and let it dry, it usually dries overnight.

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1. Almond Meal Pancakes

I tried this one yesterday for breakfast and I loved it.

1 1/2 Cup Almond Pulp/Meal
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1/4 Cup Water (filtered)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg
1 Tsp Chia Seeds
1 Tsp Flax Seeds

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Mix everything together and drop batter into lightly greased pan on medium heat. This should make about 10 small sized pancakes. Top with whatever you like, syrup, agave nectar, strawberries, blueberries, and so on.

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2. Almond Meal Crackers

If you have a good food processor or blender, these crackers will be perfect for you.

What you need:

1 cup Almond pulp
2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil (melted)
3/4 Tsp Salt
1-2 tbsp chopped herbs (optional)
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350. Add almond pulp to a food processor or blender until fine. Melt the coconut oil, then mix everything together in a bowl. Roll almond dough in a ball, then place in between parchment paper and roll out with a roller into a thin sheet. Cut into squares then take a fork and poke each square. Let cook in oven for 20-25 minutes.

3. Almond & Oat Face Scrub

I have been trying to find a simple face scrub that will last a long time and this one is it. All you need is:

1/2 Cup Almond Pulp
1/2 Oats
Water

Blend/grind almond pulp until fine, then do the same with the oats. Mix items together and store in a glass jar. The face scrub will be kept in dry form so it should like for months. When you are ready to use, just take some in your hand and add a little bit of water, then start scrubbing.

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These are only 3 things you can do with the almond pulp. There are many more as well. So make sure to keep the almond pulp!

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Almond Milk: How to make it yourself, and why.

I’ve been making almond milk for a while and after some trial and error I have finally perfected it. Here are the exact steps I take to get the most out of my money and the almonds.

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What you need:

– 2 cups raw (preferably organic) Almonds
– 6 cups filtered water
– Cheese Cloth
– Blender

Step 1:
I always soak my almonds over night. Soaking nuts is very beneficial, and helps absorb its nutrients better. All nuts contain anti-nutrients. These anti-nutrients are removed during soaking and leave you with a better version of nuts, nutritionally and taste wise.

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This picture shows the almonds after being soaked. As you can see the water is murky, so make sure you rinse well and get rid of the bad stuff.

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Step 2:
After you have soaked your almonds, drain and rinse them well

Step 3:
Take 1 cup of almonds and transfer to blender, add 2 cups filtered water and blend on high speed

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Step 4:
Pour almond milk through cheese cloth into a bowl, strain the almond pulp through the cheese cloth to get all the milk out

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Step 5:
Repeat steps 3 and 4 with remaining 1cup of Almonds and another 2 cups of the filtered water

Step 6:
Pour the almond milk into the container you will use to store it. Add the remaining 2 cups of filtered water to the almond milk and you should have a creamy, flavorful almond milk that will last 3 to 4 days.

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You will have some leftover almond pulp from making milk, I usually use the leftovers to make a face scrub or almond crackers, and many other things. I will update my blog in the next few days with what you can do with almond pulp.

 

Why you should make it at home:

I used to buy organic almond milk all the time and thought it was providing me with an alternative to cow milk that was as healthy as can be. It’s still better than cow milk, but the truth is that pretty much anything on a store shelf is processed and has additives. If you read the ingredients for almond milk, it doesn’t look like there is anything bad in there right? Well, if you do some research into it you will find that is not the case and the big manufacturers managed to trick us yet again!

Some of the additives in store bought almond milk are Calcium Carbonate, Tocopherol Acetate, and Vitamin A Palmitate. All of these additives are synthetic and do no good for you but I want to focus on just one of them for this post: Vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 is not Vitamin D, it’s again, synthetic and toxic! There is an entire study done here: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/84/4/694.full 

 The most shocking thing I’ve read is that experts are finding that Vitamin D2 may actually be a cause of Vitamin D deficiency by desensitizing the D3 receptors in our body! And to think Doctors even prescribe this to patients! Vitamin D3 is vitamin D created by our bodies through exposure to the wonderful sun.

So, if you’re buying almond milk from the store, try making it at home instead and get your vitamin D from other places like mushrooms, eggs and the best vitamin D comes from our power and life source, the sun! Get outside, get some sun and let your body do the rest. 🙂