Last week when I made my almond milk post, someone asked if there was anything that can be done with the leftover almond pulp. Yes, there are so many things you can do with it! In fact, almonds contain so many health benefits that I absolutely encourage you to use the pulp, not only to avoid waste but to increase your intake of vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), magnesium and B-vitamins.
Studies have shown the healthy fats, protein and fiber found in almonds helps to control blood sugar and provide protection not only against diabetes, but cardiovascular disease by lessening the increase in cholesterol-damaging free radicals that often accompanies large elevations in blood sugar.
This morning I made these Raw Almond Coconut Goji Berry Bites but you can also add almond pulp to banana bread or use it to make cookies, muffins or crackers!
• 2 cups of almond pulp (or almond flour)
• ¼ cup of coconut nectar (you can also use maple syrup)
• ¼ tsp. cinnamon
• ¼ cup coconut flakes
• handful of goji berries (soaked for one minute to hydrate)
• pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to a bowl, mixing well.
Roll into tightly packed balls.
Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours.