Oat pulp is the gooey gluggy mess leftover from straining homemade oat milk. Any non-dairy milk is a more sustainable choice than dairy. However, most store-bought non-dairy milk comes in single-use plastic or difficult-to-recycle cartons. Buying non-dairy milk is essentially paying for water as water is the top ingredient in most brands!
If you’ve begun making your own oat milk to avoid single-use packaging and save money, you’re probably wondering what to do with the leftover oat pulp. This gloopy oat sludge certainly doesn’t belong in landfill. That’s because it’s full of fibre and nutrients and can easily fit into many traditional recipes.
Making recipes with leftover ingredients such as oat pulp is a great step towards a zero-waste kitchen. Fighting food waste is especially important for the earth. Did you know, around one-third of all food that is produced is wasted? That shocking statistic means that food waste would be the third-largest polluter if it was a country. Preventing food waste starts at home!
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Why oats are a sustainable choice?
A lesser-known benefit of oats is their sustainable credentials. Oats are a low-input crop and require fewer resources to grow and produce than many others. They have a long shelf-life and are available in many bulk stores. Oats require much less water to grow than almonds and rarely require shipping from tropical areas like coconuts or soybeans.
Oats aren’t associated with deforestation in developing countries because they’re generally grown in cooler regions. More than half of the oats currently grown are used to feed animals. Therefore, if more people switch to plant-based meals, there is already plenty to go around.
So if you’re looking for oat pulp ideas, this chocolate brownie recipe is simple, healthy, vegan, sustainable and will fix that chocolate craving right up! Not only is this recipe perfect for preventing food waste, but the final product is packed with protein, has no refined sugar and is plant-based.
Oat Pulp Chocolate Brownies
- ⅓ cup oat pulp leftover from making oat milk
- 2 medium bananas mashed
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup vegan protein powder
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- ½ cup chopped almonds or chocolate chips
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Coconut oil for greasing
- Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F).
- Grease a shallow baking dish with coconut oil.
- Mix chia seeds and water then stand for 10 mins to make a chia egg.
- Combine mashed banana, oat pulp, non-dairy milk and chia egg in a bowl using a wooden spoon.
- Sift in cocoa powder, protein powder and baking powder one at a time, stirring each into the mixture until combined.
- Fold in chopped nuts or chocolate chips.
- Transfer to the oiled baking dish and bake for 20 mins.
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