Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What to do with Almond Pulp? Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!

I recently learned how easy it is to make my own almond milk, and it was way simpler than I thought it would be. I love that is has no added sugars or preservatives. All you need to make almond milk is this:

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • a clean, lint free tea towel (You can also use a fine strainer, or cheese cloth instead)
  • a food processor

I thought it was a lot of waste to throw away the almond pulp  that was left over from making almond milk so I searched online for a recipe that would call for almond pulp, after all, it's just wet almond meal.

I was inspired by a recipe on Paper Doll Parade. I adapted the recipe a bit to my own tastes and to what I had in my pantry. These muffins were such a delicious success in our house that I knew I'd have to share this recipe. I soaked my almonds for about 18 hours and I think that aided the moistness of this recipe. Is moistness a word? MOIST!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins  - Makes 24 muffins

  • 2 cups of flour (I used coconut)
  • 2 cups almond pulp
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 6 tsps of Baking powder (*not all baking powder is gluten free just in case you want to make these for a celiac friend)
  • 6Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 mashed up and very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (*if you can find dairy free, even better)
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup almond milk (depends on whether your think your muffin batter looks to dry
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Heat your oven to 190c fan forced or 200c
Blend all the dry ingredients together, then mix in your wet ingredients. Add the chocolate chips last.

Fill each muffin cup with batter to the line. I used the left over batter I had to make a few cookies.
Set timer for 20 minutes and check with a toothpick. If it comes out clean then they are done.

I froze a whole tin of these for future breakfasts.

I made these yummy cookies with the left over muffin batter so this recipe proves it's versatility! 

I did say moist right? They don't look it from the outside but my husband was really surprised at just how moist these puppies were when he bit into them!

This is live action! No peace with a toddler around. He climbed up onto the chair right when I was all done my staging and ready to shoot. He doesn't even like chocolate. You can see he's deciding he won't eat the muffin in 3.. 2 .. 1... Yup that's all it takes and he will never try them again. Getting a toddler to eat is like squeezing a watermelon through a straw. Wait ...

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  1. writeofthemiddleApril 7, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Oh they look delicious! Another recipe to add to my repertoire! :-)

  2. Natalie @ Our Parallel ConnectApril 7, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    These look divine ... It's morning tea as I am readng this and wishing you were sitting here sharing with me

  3. @Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect Do you think your kids would eat them? I just loved eating chocolate again! mmmmm

  4. @writeofthemiddle thanks Min! Would love to know how they go for you :)

  5. Oh they look so yum!
    I should try making almond milk. My rice milk failed dismally. :(

  6. Natalie @ Our Parallel ConnectApril 7, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Yes definitely ... My kids eat EVERYTHING

  7. Oh bless check out that cutie munching back the goodies. I might get my fusspots to eat these as they have chocolate! x

  8. Lisa - Sweet Little PrettiesApril 7, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    They look delicious! Will have to add to my list to try. Visiting from IBOT

  9. When I made almond milk I couldn't bear throwing out the pulp so I dried it out, then put it in a food processor to really crush it then baked it on a tray on low in the oven. Came out beautiful and just like almond meal. Made the best muffins ever and added a real almond taste! These look yummy too! x

  10. @Ashlea I didn't have the patience to dry out the pulp so I came up with this. Wet pulp right into the batter. I do think it made the muffins more moist than almond meal. I'm curious if it does ....

  11. @Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me Just enough chocolate for us too! Assuming you also like chocolate?

  12. @EssentiallyJess Oh my gosh Jess! I'd be shocked if you failed at almond milk. Especially since it's only two ingredients and you have a Cuisine companion - Come on!!! haha

  13. Kaz @ MeltingMomentsApril 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    The texture of these look superb. Yum.

  14. Yeah, they really need torn open to see how good the insides are! Thanks @Kaz @ MeltingMoments

  15. Oh thanks! I have been making my own almond milk for some time but always throw the pulp out, while dismaying at the waste. I will definitely try these!

  16. Oh, man! Decisions, decisions! Muffins or cookies?? I had not thought about making my own almond milk, let alone figure out what to do with the pulp but this recipe are amazing! Moistness? It is so a word! :) x

  17. Moistness is totally a word ;) These look awesome! I haven't made my own almond milk before and I'm loving how easy it sounds.

  18. So glad you enjoyed the muffins! These cookies look pretty stellar and I look forward to making them!

  19. Oooh, what a fan-tab-ulous idea. I love everything about it. I'll share this on Facie on Monday. Have a fab weekend x