I guess it’s getting a little over the top, this love of all things almonds. It has gotten to the point that I was pretty sure I’d already made a video for these seriously insane Almond Pulp Brownies and had to check the archives of my blog to make sure. Typing in “almonds” as a search word on this blog doesn’t really help to narrow things down. I highly recommend this recipe from The Bojon Gourmet. It’s ooey gooey, nutty and coconutty, fudgy, chocolatey, rich, delicious, and a perfect way to use up almond pulp!
It’s not really that I’m so obsessed with almonds that I just can’t get enough. But we make a lot of almond milk in my house. And that means we have a lot of almond pulp and almond meal. So I have to get creative with the uses.
Lately I’ve been trying desperately to inch my way out of debt and have committed myself to even more frugality at home. I’m trying to use up everything in the pantry, the freezer, the fridge…all those random items I bought for a recipe and didn’t use the rest. I’ve always been a waste-conscious person (growing up in a house where instead of Ziploc bags my mom sent our sandwiches in the reused bag the loaf of bread originally came in…) but I’ve become even more so since my finances have gotten so tight. It makes you realize how much we waste out of sheer negligence. Using up the excess material created from making almond milk is just one way to save a little money and not contribute more waste.
What can you devote a little extra attention to this week instead of letting it waste away?
After I made the Almond Milk and the Almond Pulp Hummus videos, people were asking me how to turn their leftover almond pulp into almond meal, an option I had mentioned but had never actually tried…UNTIL NOW!
Almond meal is pretty much awesome. It’s gluten-free, if you roll that way. You can substitute some of the regular flour in a dessert recipe for almond meal, or just go on Pinterest and discover the treasure trove of almond meal desserts out there!
And since I had all this delicious homemade almond meal, I could finally make the No-Bake Hemp Macaroons from My Name is Yeh. Holy moly, these are good! They taste like the Caramel Delite Girl Scout cookie, but full of lots more wholesome ingredients!
These macaroons and the thousands of girls in green sashes hawking cookies at every turn got me thinking, if I could invent a Girl Scout badge to work on this week, what would it be? What would yours be?
I think mine would be Loving Myself and Others for Who We Are Right Now, Not How We Want (Them) To Be. Maybe I’ll pitch that catchy name to the Girl Scouts of America?