Over coffee one afternoon my friend Melissa Ballone (the girl boss behind Wellness for Makers) and I were chatting about nut milks — I know, I know, things white people say. Her favorite was fresh oat milk and I proudly declared that I couldn’t part with my 3-in-1 homemade almond milk method that left no scrap behind.
As I started rambling on about the bounty that 3 cups of raw, organic almonds can bring to your conscious kitchen, I realized that, doi, this should really be on TBG. And that’s it! I think that green living is as simple as a conversation with friends trading tips over coffee and, most of all, are simple and earnest. Not everything works perfectly every time but this particular method allows me to turn 3 cups of almonds into so much more and it’s a ritual that I love, so I hope you enjoy this, too!
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3 Zero Waste Ways to Use 3 Cups of Almonds
- Homemade Almond MilkChances are you may have already seen the nut milk recipe on the blog before but it all starts here! You’ll only need 1.5 cups of raw, organic almonds to make 3 cups of fresh almond milk, which is super simple and easy.I love this part but I love the leftovers even more. Get the Homemade Almond Milk recipe here!
- Almond Meal + Granola
YOU. GUYS. I feel bad for not sharing this one yet because almond meal is expensive. It is also a delicious, healthy, and versatile byproduct of making almond milk. So after you’ve bottled up your milk, save the leftovers (don’t toss it!) and leave it out on a pan for the next day or two to completely dry out. You can either let it clump and use it as is or put it in the food processor so that it’s more fine and works better in recipes or gluten-free baking. DONE. Sorry that took me so long.My favorite way to use it up is to add it to homemade granola for extra bulk, nutrients and a super yummy flavor. I always use olive oil in my recipe which makes it deliciously crisp and sweet. I’m sort of obsessed. See the recipe below.
Vanilla Almond Nut Meal Granola
Adapted from Amy Chaplin’s Perfect Granola Recipe
3 c. rolled oats
1 c. almond nut meal (leftover from the nut milk)
1 c. organic, raw almonds
2 c. dried coconut flakes
1 ½ c. dried fruit (I used a berry mix)
1 ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon
⅓ c. unrefined extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
2-3 tbsp. Local, organic honey
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the rolled oats, nut meal, almonds, dried fruit and coconut flakes.
In a small pot, heat the olive oil, salt and cinnamon until warm so that it all emulsifies.
Add the vanilla to the liquid mixture and pour over the dry mix. Stir until combined.
Spread the granola out onto a parchment-lined baking tray and drizzle a little bit more olive oil on top before putting it in the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes then turn the pan around and bake for another 15 minutes.
Drizzle the honey over the granola and toss to combine.
- A Whole Bunch of Almonds
Here’s the (other) good part: You still have 1.5 cups of raw, organic almonds left after all this! Use them for snacks, nut butters, chop them up and put them on your dishes—whatever you choose it’s all good. It’s also part of taking inspired action. Making conscious food choices is such an impactful way to nourish yourself and the earth. It hits home every day and reminds us what a gift it is to be here and the responsibility we have to take good care of ourselves, each other and our planet.