In a previous entry we introduced this series—Recipes from the Waste-Free Kitchen—a focus on recipes that you can easily make at home to avoid purchasing packaged versions at the store. They are staples in the whole-food kitchen, are easy to make, and delicious! We make a batch of plant-based milk weekly in our home with a variety of nuts and seeds. The process is simple—all that is required is a little planning, a nut milk bag and a blender.
Use pure, chlorine-free water if possible.
NOTES: It is normal for homemade milks to separate as there are no homogenizers or thickeners added! Simply stir or shake prior to serving.
Get gourmet by adding one of the following to your blended and strained milk:
Strawberry: Add 8-10 large strawberries, 1 tsp. vanilla and 4 dates. Blend well.
Chocolate: Add 4 Tbsp. raw cocao (unsweetened cocoa is ok too) and 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, or to taste. Optional: Add maca powder for an energy boost, or espresso (or both!).
For Pumpkin Seed Milk: Add ¼ tsp. salt and 1-2 tsp. honey.
Vanilla Maple: add 1-2 tbsp maple syrup + 1 tsp of vanilla bean powder (or extract).
WHAT TO DO WITH THE PULP
Reserve the Pulp for Later Use—Making Nut Meal / Flour:
NOTE: Harder nuts like almond or hazelnut work best for this. Cashews are quite fatty and hence the pulp is finer and doesn’t dehydrate as well. I recommend using it wet.)
There are dozens of ways to use the wet nut pulp. (You can store the pulp in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two if you aren’t going to use it right away.)
Here are a few of our favourite recipes!
Raw Nut Pulp Hummus
1 ¼ cup nut pulp
1 fat clove garlic
4 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. water
4 Tbsp. raw tahini
1 tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. crushed chilies or cayenne pepper
pinch sea salt + pepper
Raw Beetroot Dip/Spread—from Raw Food Detox by Anya Ladra
1 beet (peeled)
1 small red bell pepper (seeded)
1 Tbsp fresh ginger
cashew nut pulp (1 batch)
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
Pinch of salt
Raw Cacao Energy Bites
Almond pulp (from one batch of nut milk)
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
4 heaping tablespoons raw cacao (unsweetened cocoa powder also works)
10 pitted dates
2 tbsp almond butter (any nut/seed butter will work)
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
Raw hulled hemp seeds or coconut sugar, for rolling