Chocolate Protein Fudge Balls
In the kitchen – and in life – it pays (and plays) to be prepared. I’ve learned this lesson time and time again (especially as it relates to food) and I’m sure I’ll learn it a few more times, too. If you also like to be prepared throughout a busy week, give this recipe a try! It’s easy, smart and it tastes great, too. I’m honest enough to know (and shamelessly share) that scrappy isn’t a word I typically would use to describe myself. So, at 32 – I’m consciously working on being more… well, scrappy. I say this in relation to a general sense of resourcefulness in life of course, but also in relation to cooking and kitchen scraps. In the kitchen, this most recently has looked like recycling the almond pulp from my homemade almond milk because I want to be less wasteful and ahem, more scrappy. So, here’s what I’ve got for you on how to recycle the nut pulp from your nut milk– Chocolate Protein Fudge Balls.
Why You’ll Love It
Nutritious and Healthy
Now if you’re wondering; “what the heck is almond pulp?” I hear you. Almond pulp is the dry fibrous material that that’s left after almonds have been processed to make almond milk. It’s the leftover almond bits that have been strained out of the liquid, which has nutritional value and can be used in a variety of recipes, making it a valuable resource to not let go to waste. It’s is a great source of dietary fiber, which plays an important role in maintaining a healthy digestive system, and offers some of all three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats). In terms of micronutrients, almond pulp also offers calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, vitamin E, and zinc. This recipe also has 2 servings of protein powder and I’ve linked the one I’ve been recently loving. Be sure to use the code HUMBLHABITS at checkout for an extra discount and hit me up on socials if you do try to let me know what you think.
Versatile and Customizable
Don’t have leftover almond pulp? No worries, mate! You can sub the pulp for almond flour (blended almonds) or oat flour (blended oats). You can also substitute with ground flax or hemp seeds; and if you need a bit more wet to bind everything together, you can add a little coconut oil.
Quick, Easy and Convenient
If you do go the almond pulp route and choose to reuse it in this recipe, you’ll be reducing food waste (yay) and contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle (double yay), while making the most of the ingredients you have (triple yay)!
What Can You Do With Almond Pulp?
Want more examples of how you could reuse your almond pulp instead of throwing it away? You can add it to your smoothies, overnight oats or warm oatmeal for a little extra fiber and protein; use it as a topping for yogurt, oats and puddings; make almond pulp crackers or granola; you can use it as a base for veggie burgers or falafel; mix it into pancake or waffle batter for added texture and nutrition; or you could use it in baking recipes, like muffins or breads.
How to Recycle Almond Pulp?
You can use exactly as is per the recipe below or;
1. Rise the almond pulp with water to remove any leftover milk or debris.
2. Spread the pulp onto a baking sheet and bake at a low temperature (around 200°F) for 1-2 hours to dry it out completely.
3. Once dried, use a food processor or blender to grind the almond pulp into a fine flour-like consistency
4. Store the almond pulp flour in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.
Tips for Using Almond Pulp
1. If you want a finer texture for your almond pulp flour, you can sift it through a fine mesh strainer before storing.
2. You can also mix different types of nut pulp together (such as almond and cashew) for a more complex flavor profile.
3. Don’t throw away the leftover liquid from straining your almond pulp – it’s essentially homemade almond milk and can be used in recipes or enjoyed as a drink on its own.
Recipe Cost Breakdown
1 cup almond pulp; from homemade almond milk: $5.48
6 dates: $2.64
3 tbsp hemp seeds: $3.96
½ cup organic rolled oats: $0.34
¼ cup coconut butter: $1.87
2 scoops chocolate protein powder: $3.2
½ cup almonds: $2.74
3 tbsp chia seeds: $0.39
* Optional – ½ cup mini chocolate chips: $2.49
Total Cost: $23.11
What You’ll Need
|1 cup almond pulp; from homemade almond milk|
|6 dates, pitted and halved|
|3 tbsp hemp seeds|
|½ cup organic rolled oats|
|¼ cup coconut butter|
|2 scoops chocolate protein powder|
|½ cup almonds|
|3 tbsp chia seeds; added after processing|
|* Optional - ½ cup mini chocolate chips; added after processing|