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Sweet and Savory Energy Bites, What to Do with Leftover Nut Milk Pulp

Sweet and Savory Energy Bites, What to Do with Leftover Nut Milk Pulp
Last week, I talked a little bit about my love for homemade nut milk, how it always tastes better than the store-bought kind, and how the amount of control I have over the process and ingredients makes it all worth the tiny bit of fuss. I’ve noticed that whenever I discuss making nut milk with anyone, the question of utilizing the leftover nut pulp is bound to come up. No one wants to throw it away, but not many people know what to do with it, either. I was in the same boat for years – sometimes, I would freeze the pulp for later use in place of almond flour in baked goods, which didn’t always work out because the pulp is not quite as dry as almond flour. Other times, I tried incorporating it into granola, but If I’m being honest, I often ended up throwing it away, not without some serious guilt. About a month ago, I opened up the question on instagram and got so many fascinating suggestions that went way beyond baking/granola: a base for stuffing, a thickener for smoothies, chicken feed, face scrub (!), and energy balls. I found the idea of pulp-based energy balls to be really compelling and set out to make both a sweet and a savory version. I’m really excited to share the results!









Both of these recipes are ‘kitchen sink’-style and can easily act as a pantry cleanout aid. The sweet bites are full of toasty notes from the nuts, seeds and coconut, chocolatey and energizing with the addition of cacao, and sweetened with dates. The savory ones remind be a bit of the raw falafel I used to make back in the day. There’s miso, tahini, and tamari, as well as invigorating spices, herbs and even seaweed. Both make for an amazing pick-me-up snack, easy to transport and a breeze to prepare. And I definitely won’t be throwing away any more nut pulp.









SAVORY ENERGY BITES
 
Serves: about 30 balls
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup nut pulp, left over from making plain nut milk
  • ¼ cup toasted unhulled sesame seeds, plus more for coating
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame tahini
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon neutral coconut oil
  • ½ tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for coating
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, plus more for coating

optional add ins
  • 1 tablespoon dulse seaweed
  • 3 scallions - thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove - minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mix all the the ingredients in a food processor or in a bowl by hand, until well combined. Roll into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Coat with sesame seeds, turmeric and/or smoked paprika, if desired. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
 
 
SWEET ENERGY BITES
 
 
Serves: about 30 balls
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup mix of various toasted nuts and seeds, such as hazelnuts, walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds, plus more for coating
  • 2 large, soft Medjool dates - pitted and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
  • 1 cup nut pulp, left over from making nut milk
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon neutral coconut oil

optional add ins
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • handful toasted coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
  • 2-3 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • ½ tablespoon mesquite powder
  • ½ tablespoon moringa powder
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • matcha powder - for coating
  • raisins - for decorating
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place toasted nuts/seeds into the bowl of a food processor and grind into a meal. Drain dates and add them to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Process until thoroughly combined. Roll into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Coat in seeds and matcha, if using, and decorate with various nuts and raisins, if using. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.
 
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