Hi everyone :)
Today I made my own almond milk for the first time and it's turned out brilliantly, but I'm wondering if I can use the leftover blended and strained almond-y mess to make anything with. I thought I'd check here before I just throw it away. Is it possible to dry it out in a low temp oven and use it for baking or a crumble topping or something? Are there any nutrients left in there? I would love to know, thank you!
(Also if anyone is interested in making their own almond milk, this is how I did it: Boil 4 cups of water, add 1 cup raw almonds. Turn off heat, let them soak for a few hours and then blend them all up. Pour mixture through a cheesecloth or old clean Tshirt into a milk jug. Store in Fridge. For sweet almond milk apparently you can add 2 dates and some vanilla extract to the mixture before blending which sounds LOVELY although I've yet to try it myself.)
Yup! Lots of things you can do with it! It's crazy high in fibre and probably has some other lovely minerals and things remaining, though I can't comment specifically. On its own it doesn't taste like much (just like fibre...) but it's super useful. I've used in in meatballs/patties (like how breadcrumbs are supposed to act) and in pizza crusts made with grated yam + egg - basically anywhere where I want a bit more bulk and a bit less moisture. I've heard of some people baking with it like a flour but haven't tried that yet myself. I've tried dehydrating it on a low heat in the oven and just using it as is after squeezing out the milk. Both work well.
I make my own almond milk. I dry the pulp in my dehydrator then throw it into the freezer to keep. I use it as I would almond flour and it works like a charm. (Sometimes I do a second grind if it's not fine enough for baking.)
EVERYWHERE! Mix it with coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and dried berries, stuff it in an apple and bake it for dessert. Combine with grated+pressed eggplant and an egg to make a "pizza" crust. Put in meatballs/meat loaves. Combine with shredded coconut and butter to make a paleo dessert crust- melt chocolate in coconut cream and pile in to make a coconut cream pie! Use it to coat and fry like breadcrumbs- my favourite is cuttle fish dipped in egg then a mixture of almond meal/old bay and frying it in lard for an amazing calamari-like treat.
I would dry it out in the oven or dehydrator and use it on baked fish- http://queen-of-the-stoneage.blogspot.com/2011/06/almond-crusted-cod.html and you can make it into delish crackers! http://beingconformed.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/almond-flour-crackers-a-different-kind-of-valentine/ The crackers are great with the rosemary, and sometimes I make em plain and eat them with this awesome blueberry goat cheese from Trader Joe's.
Not sure if this would work, but I would try drying it out a bit (to almond meal consistency or kinda like it), mixing it with some coconut butter, dark chocolate chunks, stevia, and maybe a bit of cinnamon. Form into balls or another cookie-ish shape. I honestly can't imagine that this would taste bad.
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