8 Almond Pulp Recipes - Going Zero Waste (2024)

Last Updated on March 11, 2023

These 8 almond pulp recipes are an incredible way to use this surprisingly versatile food scrap! I’m sharing a few of my favorite almond recipes. You can use almond pulp in savory dishes like crackers and vegan cheese spreads as well as sweet dishes like protein bites and almond pulp cookies!

When you make homemade almond milk, do you compost the leftover almond pulp? This is officially your sign to stop and eat this ‘scrap’ instead. Many people don’t know what to do with almond pulp, so they just compost it. While that’s a great, zero waste way to use it, it’s also not fully utilizing this nutrient-dense nut. These almond pulp recipes are almost better than the almond milk that creates it, so make sure you stock up on your almonds!

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This post was sponsored by the Almond Board of California. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

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almond pulp

Making your own almond milk is an easy way to reduce waste and save money. I love making homemade almond milk because it’s delicious and SO easy. But, after you make it, you’re left with almond pulp — and while you can compost the almond pulp, it’s so much better to reuse it!

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking to Kiku Severson, a third generation almond farmer, about the sustainability initiatives in almond farming.A few of the things that piqued my interest were their zero waste farming techniques and the focus on water saving and water reduction on their farm.

(And, while I’m not going to go into the history of almonds, I am going to drop a link just in case you’re a history geek and love that kind of stuff… like me.)

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zero waste almond orchards:

Almond trees capture and store a significant amount of carbon over their 25-year life cycle in a process called carbon sequestration. Almond farmers are pioneering climate-smart agriculture through whole orchard recycling.

At the end of the almond orchard’s lifecycle, whole almond trees are ground up and incorporated back into the soil. This extends that carbon sequestration by storing it in the soil, helping to address climate change.

The almond farmers are completely zero waste on farm too! The almond has three parts: the hull, shell, and kernel. We eat the kernels, but what about the hull and the shell?Being zero waste on farm means using every part of the almond tree, and there’s a lot of fantastic pioneering in this space.

Traditionally, the hulls are used for livestock bedding and the shells are used for livestock feed. However, almond hull and shell components are being researched for mushroom cultivation, strengthening recycled plastics, producing feed sources for poultry, soil amendments, supplemental winter food sources for honey bees, and even for brewing beer! Not a single part of the almond tree goes to waste.

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why you’ll love these almond recipes

  • they show you what to do with almond pulp besides just composting them!
  • they’re delicious, easy, and zero waste ways to use your almond pulp
  • there are both sweet and savory options on this list for almond recipes that fit any mood
  • you will save money by making your own almond milk and reusing the scraps for more recipes
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what to do with almond pulp

Even though almonds are super cool, delicious, and make one of my favorite non-dairy milk alternatives, I still don’t feel super great about food waste.

Which means using that almond pulp to make something extra tasty. No food scraps going to waste on my watch!

Almond pulp is so incredibly versatile. You can use it for all sorts of sweet and savory dishes, and I’m going to share my top 8 recipes with you. But, before we go any further, I also want to share a recipe for making almond milk!

PRO TIP: Freeze some of your homemade almond milk in an ice cube tray, and use these cubes for homemade lattes!

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vegan cheese spread from almond pulp:

This recipe will vary based on how much almond pulp you use, so I highly recommend that you do it to taste. If you’re looking for a visual be sure to check out this video.

I used a generous half cup of almonds and made five cups of almond milk. I had a little under half a cup of pulp, and these are the general measurements I used to make the dip.

  • 1/2 a cup of almond pulp
  • Juice of one medium lemon
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons of additional herbs (I personally like fresh tender herbs like chives, basil, parsley, dill, and tarragon)

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, then spread on crackers or use as tasty dip!

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almond pulp crackers:

350F / 15 Minutes

  • 1 cup of almond pulp
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Optional herbs (I like to add garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika)
  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. The dough should be stiff and stick together when pinched. If it’s too dry, add one tablespoon of water at a time.
  2. Roll the cracker dough till it’s ⅛” thin and place it on a well-greased baking sheet (this might be easier if you use compostable parchment paper)
  3. Cut your dough into small squares and dock the center with a fork.
  4. Place the crackers into your preheated oven and bake them for 15 minutes.
  5. Flip the cracker onto the other side and bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. They’re done when the crackers are golden brown.
  7. Store them in an airtight container and enjoy!
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almond pulp cookies bites:

  • ½ a cup of almond pulp
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • ¼ cup of ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 12 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until a dough ball is formed.
  2. Flatten to make no-bake almond pulp cookies or keep in balls to enjoy as protein bites.
  3. Roll the dough into smaller balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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more almond pulp recipes:

faqs

Don’t almond orchards waste a ton of water?

Almonds get a bad rep when it comes to water usage, but I think that’s a little unfair because other nuts like walnuts and pistachios all use a similar amount of water to grow.

The California almond community has also really stepped up its water conservation. Farmers have already reduced the amount of water used to grow each almond by 33 percent between the 1990s and 2010s.

With improved production practices and the adoption of efficient micro-irrigation technology, they’re aiming to reduce it by another 20% by 2025.

Just so we’re clear, we’re not talking about replacing that water with reclaimed water or grey water — we’re talking about an overall reduction, and I think that’s pretty amazing.

To put this even more into perspective, California grows 99% of the almonds sold in the U.S. and uses less than 8% of California’s agricultural water, while only 21% of the dairy in the U.S. comes from California but accounts for more than 15% of agricultural water usage in the state.

Almonds are the clear winner when it comes to efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and water savings.

can you flavor homemade almond milk?

Yes! I recommend doing so after you have separated the milk from the pulp. Return the milk to a clean blender and add your sweetener (such as agave nectar or honey), any flavor you’d like (such as vanilla, pumpkin spice, etc.), and blend until smooth. Voila! Homemade flavored almond milk.

is almond pulp good for you?

Absolutely. Making almond milk removes most of the macronutrients from almonds. Using the pulp ensures that you get that fiber, protein, and healthy fat. You’ll also get calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, vitamin E, and zinc from using the leftover pulp.

I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to the Almond Board of California for sponsoring this post! I hope that you found a yummy, new recipe to try.

Let me know if you have any go-to almond recipes in the comments down below!

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FAQs

Can you compost almond pulp? ›

After making fresh milk in your Almond Cow, we recommend putting your leftover pulp in the green layer of waste in your compost bin.

What is done with the waste from making almond milk? ›

Two Ways to Use Almond Pulp
  • Make the almond pulp into almond meal by drying it in the oven and using it in baking recipes. ...
  • Use the almond pulp raw: You can also use almond pulp raw (as you'll see in the brownie bites below!).

How to make almond flour from almond pulp? ›

  1. Preheat your oven to 100° C / 210° F.
  2. Spread wet almond pulp on a lined baking tray and put into the oven for about 1-1.5 hours (until the mixture is completely dry to the touch). ...
  3. Put dried out pulp into a nut/coffee grinder or a clean blender and process until it has been ground finely.

How long does almond pulp stay good for? ›

FOR ALMOND PULP

It can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 1 month, often longer.

How do you make compost from pulp? ›

For Compost Piles:
  1. Add pulp as a “green” nitrogen source, balancing with “browns” like dried leaves, straw, sawdust, or wood chips. ...
  2. Bury pulp in a compost pile at least 8-12 inches deep, not just on top or edges. ...
  3. If adding a large amount of pulp, include some finished compost or garden soil.

Can you freeze almond pulp? ›

Freezing your almond pulp is also a great idea if you regularly make almond milk at home. I generally freeze a few batches first before defrosting and making my own almond flour to use in banana bread. All you need to do is place your almond pulp into a plastic freezer bag, or any sealed container until required.

What is the controversy with almond milk? ›

Almond trees rely on cross-pollination, which requires pollinators, namely bees. But the fertilizer used on the crops is extremely toxic to the insects. “The bees in the almond groves are being exploited and disrespected,” one organic beekeeper, called Patrick Pynes, told The Guardian in 2020.

Why does almond milk turn black? ›

If you notice any spots or specks of fungus, chuck the milk ASAP. See tiny black spots in your milk? If it's homemade, these could be specks of almond skin. However, it's best not to take any chances and still throw it out.

Does bacteria grow in almond milk? ›

There are at least four culprits to consider when good almond milk goes bad: bacteria, oxidation, yeast, or mold. Any of these can be unpleasant, but some are worse than others. The best way to tell if you've got expired almond milk on your hands is through sensory investigation.

How do you use raw almond pulp? ›

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 to make almond flour. You can also use it in a variety of different recipes and turn it into granola, hummus, crackers, granola bars, brownies, fudge etc.!

How do you store dried almond pulp? ›

Alternatively, you can also store almond pulp in the freezer. If you are storing the pulp in the freezer, a reusable silicone storage bag — like a Stasher — is probably best, but you can also store the pulp in a glass mason jar or other kind of container that can be frozen.

Can I grind ground almonds to make almond flour? ›

Ground almonds and almond flour are the same thing. The flour might be milled to be finer than the ground almonds (depends on how finely you grind them), but they're the same ingredient. So certainly, you can.

What happens to almond pulp after making milk? ›

Also referred to as almond paste or almond milk paste, it is the byproduct of almond milk. After all the liquid is extracted out, at first, it looks like chunks of wet almond flour. Since it is wet, the best way to use it in recipes is to dry it out and turn it into flour using a food processor or a blender.

How can you tell if almonds are rancid? ›

In case there is bitterness in the taste, then it is best to discard the almonds as it indicates the presence of certain chemicals like phytic acid, which is a natural toxin in the outer layer of almonds High-quality almonds have a fresh and nutty aroma. If the almonds smell musty or rancid, it could indicate spoilage.

Can I compost almonds? ›

Put all nuts, seeds and shells into your green cart for composting. This includes: Peanuts and peanut shells. Walnuts, pecans, cashews, brazil nuts, almonds and other tree nuts.

Is pulp fiber compostable? ›

COMMERCIAL COMPOSTING MOLDED PULP FIBER

*Molded fiber can be commercially composted where facilities exist. Not suitable for backyard composting. Visit FindAComposter.com to find a commercial composting facility near you that accepts molded fiber.

Does apple pulp make good compost? ›

Composting Apple Pulp

Although fruit pulp is not nutrient rich in itself, the fruit seeds contained in it contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and other plant nutrients that would normally provide nutrients for the germinating plant. This will be a useful addition to the compost heap.

What should you not compost? ›

Composting Don'ts

Don't add fish, meat, dairy products, bones, baked goods, fatty foods or grease to your compost pile. These food scraps do not easily decompose and may attract animals. Don't use diseased plants or plants that are toxic to other plants.

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