Oat pulp recipes have become my new culinary staple. Considering I make about 1-2L of oat milk per week, I’ve got a lot of oat pulp leftover to experiment with! Just in case you don’t already know, oat pulp is the gooey, gluggy mess leftover from straining homemade oat milk.
Why should you make your own non-dairy 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 paper cartons. Buying non-dairy milk is essentially paying for water because water is always the first ingredient at the top of the label.
(P.S. Make sure you download a copy of my free Stop Paying For Water guide to show you 25 ways to avoid preservatives, ditch plastic and save money).
>> EASY PEASY RECIPE: Oat milk that doesn’t separate <<
Products that are predominantly water tend to have a higher environmental impact for a number of reasons:
- Products with water are heavy and, therefore, require more fossil fuels to transport.
- Liquids require leak-proof packaging which usually comes in the form of single-use plastic or difficult-to-recycle cartons.
- Most products that contain water require a preservative system to inhibit mould and bacteria growth. Synthetic preservatives are often used in beauty and household items to cut costs, often to the detriment of natural environments – and our health!
To top it off, paying for water is a waste of money if you have it available in your home. It’s much better for the environment and your bank account to buy the oats and make your own oat milk!
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. That’s because it’s full of fibre and nutrients and can easily fit into many 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. It’s estimated that 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 with a delicious recipe just like this one:
Oat pulp banana bread balls
- 1 banana medium-sized
- ⅓ cup oat pulp (can sub for more mashed banana)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp honey (2 if you're a sweet tooth)
- 1 pinch salt
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup vegan protein powder
- Desiccated coconut for rolling
- In a medium bowl, use a fork to mash the banana.
- Add the oat pulp and honey and combine using the fork.
- Using a spoon, fold in the dry ingredients (except the shredded coconut) one at a time.
- Sprinkle about half a cup of desiccated coconut on a clean plate.
- Grab a tablespoon of the banana mixture and roll it into a ball.
- Roll the mixture balls in shredded coconut until evenly coated.
- Repeat for the whole bowl of mixture.