November 8, 2016

Turmeric Chai Almond Milk + What to do with leftover pulp

Turmeric Chai Almond Milk + What to do with leftover pulp

This winter, my goal is to eat/drink more anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense, homemade goodness (e.g. this turmeric chai almond milk) and slim down my waste. That is not a typo – I did indeed mean waste, not waist. There is nothing cooler to me than using a food in its traditional sense, e.g. almonds to make almond milk, and then challenging myself to get crEATive with its remnants to use them and eat them again. This week, my mom had “almond flour crackers” on the grocery list. The grocery store I went to did not carry them, and then I was like hey I just made almond milk at home and can likely use the leftover pulp to make crackers. And then I went home and made them and slathered them in hummus (the most important food group) and I was feeling a lot of happiness. I was also looking for new ideas beyond crackers, and received so many innovative suggestions from Instagram homies! Check out what they had to say and the recipe for this pretty insane turmeric chai almond milk below!!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 5 cups cool water
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod, scooped out OR 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey (I used chai honey from the time I toured a bee apiary)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • pinch of black pepper

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl and let sit overnight, or 6-8 hours.
  2. In the morning, blend everything together.
  3. Strain in a cheese cloth.


What to do with leftover almond milk pulp:

  • Make Turmeric Almond Flour Crackers.
  • Use them for a fruit crumble bake – add sugar and butter/ ghee into a cup or so of almond meal until it makes a thick paste. Crumble this over your fruit and bake until bubbly. Why ghee? click HERE.
  • Make a face / body scrub!
  • “Make a sweet-meets-savory crust for salmon” –@cleanplatefood
  • “I’ve made brownies and fudge with it before.” –@melissas_healthykitchen
  • “Spread out onto a baking tray and add to an oven at 200F until it’s dried out and feels like flour! Then you’ll have some almond meal!” -@nourishrefresh
  • “Use it for Lee from America’s carrot cake bliss balls!!!!! Holy heaven they are amazing!” -@redeemingbliss
  • “cookies, energy bites, almond butter blondies, almond crust pizza?!” –@balancewithb
  • “Cookies with almond remains! If you put in the oven at lowest temp and dehydrate it’s almond flour and dehydrate it’s almond flour, but @detoxinista also actually has a recipe for almond pulp cookies from making almond milk!” –@nikfcn
  • “I let it dry, put it in the oven, and use it like flour for pancakes.” –@chinchinauta

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