Almond milk has been quite on the popular side for a while now and I can understand why! It has a nice foamy texture, doesn’t have any lactose and not connected to soybeans that everyone is scared off somehow. Even more it is packed with healthy fats like omega 3, protein and fiber.
I really like it, but what is the problem – at least here in our little country of Slovenia? It is freaking expensive and overpriced. It is cheaper to make your own and it is really easy. The best part? You know exactly what’s in it.
The recipe is not an invention or something new but quite a regular one you have probably already seen it. The question is what to do with the leftover pulp? Here our Cinnamon Apple bars enter!
But first almonds!
Ingredients: makes approximately 7,5 dl of milk
- 1 cup of almonds (you can use more to make more milk, then just add more water)
- 3 cups of water
- 2 dates
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Soak the almonds over night.The reason why is to “unleash” all the beneficial nutrition and vitamins so your body can absorb them easier. Drain your soaked almonds with water and place them in a blender with 3 cups of water, 2 dates, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Blend, blend, blend. When your almonds are blended you already made your milk. Now all you have to do is get your cheese cloth and a strainer. Place your cloth over it and a bowl under it.Now just strain your milk through the cloth so the leftover pulp will be left. Transfer the milk in a glass container and use it in 3-4 days.
Now you have a lot of almond pulp leftovers in a cloth. Do not even think of throwing that away! That is like throwing your money away. No really. You have a few options. You can use it for your breakfast to add something to your bowl of yogurt or oatmeal. Or you can make a really good Cinnamon Apple dessert and have a snack throughout the week.
To reuse the almond pulp place it on a parchment paper and in the over heated on around 130 Degrees Celsius (260 F) and leave it for 15-20 minutes. So it’s not wet anymore but watch out not to burn it!
Ingredients: 8 pieces
- 100 g of almond flour (leftover pulp)
- 50 g of oat flour (blend your regular oats)
- 30 g of spelt bran (in Slovenian Pirini otrobi)
- 1 scoop of vanilla whey isolate
- 1 TBS of stevia
- 1 apple
- 2 TBS of cinnamon
- 25 g (approximately one) of dry figs
- ½ tsp of baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
Heat the oven on 180 Degrees Celsius (375 F). Mix all the dry ingredients. No need to blend just stir them up. Blend your apple and add 1 egg and 1 egg white. Mix wet + dry ingredients. You’ll have to stir them up good. It will seem a bit dry but eventually you’ll get the right consistency. Take a narrowish baking dish and line it with parchment paper. Put the mixture inside and push a bit with your fork so it will make a tight batter. Leave it in the oven for 15 minutes.
The cake will not rise so it depends in what kind of container you are baking. I used a narrow one so they ended up like little snack bars and they are perfect for that. They are just the right consistent, moist, a bit fluffy and filling! Wrap them in paper and you’re good to go!
Macros per servings are: 150 kcal: 11g of carbs, 8g of fat, 9g of protein
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