Oat pulp is the leftover gooey mess that remains after homemade oat milk has been strained. If you’ve stopped paying for water and started avoiding single-use packaging, you’ve probably begun making your own non-dairy milk at home. That’s good news for the planet because oat milk is one of the easiest, cheapest and most environmentally-friendly milk choices. It has a divinely creamy texture and versatile flavour.
If you’re living a more sustainable lifestyle, limiting plastic or aiming for zero waste, you’re probably wondering what to do with the leftover oat pulp from your oat milk-making adventure. Oat pulp has lots of nutrients including fibre, vitamins and minerals that can help make a recipe healthier. If you can’t find a dish that floats your boat, you can always use the pulp for skincare purposes. It certainly doesn’t belong in landfill.
Here are 12 things to do with oat pulp leftover from making homemade oat milk:
Sub out 1/3 cup of flour or oats in your favourite cookie recipe for the same amount of pulp to make them even gooier.
Swap some of the butter, mashed banana or oil in your favourite brownie mix for oat pulp. Not only does this lighten the calories but it adds a hit of fibre and micronutrients.
Fight food waste by adding the pulp to your muffin recipe in place of some wet ingredients.
Try using one less banana in your banana bread recipe and add 1/3 cup of oat pulp instead.
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Sneak leftover pulp into your overnight oats or regular oatmeal recipe. Simply replace 1/4 cup dry oats with 1/4 cup of pulp.
Use the pulp to replace some eggs, butter or mashed bananas in pancake batter by subbing in a few tablespoons. Stick to a 1:1 ratio to keep things simple.
Oat pulp has a similar texture to hummus. It can replace some of the chickpeas or can be added in on top of recipe ingredients to prevent food waste.
Make smoothies thick and creamy with a few spoons of gooey oaty goodness.
If you’re not much of a baker and don’t drink smoothies, try adding the pulp to a bath. An oatmeal bath soak is an old fashioned yet effective remedy for dry skin as well as naturally soothing chickenpox.
Oat scalp mask
Oats can also soothe itchy and flakey scalps. In fact, colloidal oats are a common ingredient in many store-bought treatments. Soak your oat pulp further for an hour, strain and dab the creamy oat liquid onto your scalp before running it through the lengths. Finally, leave in for 30 minutes then rinse as normal.
Oat foot soak
If you don’t fancy a bath with the stuff, find a bucket or container that’s big enough to fit your feet. Fill it with warm water and the leftover pulp. Soak your feet for 30 minutes before enjoying soft and moisturised tootsies.
Lastly, if you don’t have any other use for leftover oats, at least make sure it’s returned back to nature by composting it. Sending food waste to landfill results in the production of methane gas which is even worse for global warming than carbon dioxide.