5 Simple Recipes for Coconut Milk Pulp
Re-funk your Junk!
If you have been making your own coconut or other nut milks at home, you will inevitably end up with a lot of left-over nut pulp. I hope you haven't thrown it out, yet - as your coconut milk pulp (or any other nut pulp - you can simply replace it in the described recipes) is still very nutritious, high in fiber, low-fat (most of that good fat went into your milk) and storable.
There are 3 ways how to use/store your coconut milk pulp:
- Use it fresh right after pressing or
- Deep freeze your fresh pulp - best pressed thinly into a ziplock bag - like that you can break-off convenient chunks without defrosting the whole packet
- Dry your pulp and keep it in an airtight container, best in a glass jar
In some of the following recipes you can use your fresh pulp right after pressing, in some you will have to use a dried version of your pulp. How to dry it? Simply let your de-hydrator do the work, or if you don't have one, spread your wet coconut pulp thinly on a baking tray and bake it at the lowest temperature for a few hours (in my oven at 100°C it usually takes 2-3 hours) - just check if it feels dry. Then let it cool down and pass it through your blender to turn it into a finely grained flour. Keep it in an airtight jar for your next use - it will stay fresh for a couple of weeks.
1. Make a grain-free Muesli
A Paleo Muesli consists of lots of fresh fruits, nuts and dry-fruits and is usually eaten with almond or homemade coconut milk. It also is a superb recipe to add a few spoons of your freshly pressed (or deep-frozen) coconut milk pulp that will be left-over from making your own fresh coconut milk at home. Adding coconut milk pulp means to be adding extra fiber, protein and other minerals and vitamins to your muesli without adding more fat (that is by now mostly in your milk). A simply scrumptious way to start your day!
2. Make breading for mini Schnitzels
The dried flour of your coconut pulp is an excellent choice to make breading for grain-free and gluten-free Paleo Mini Schnitzels! I have tried other nuts, such as Hazelnuts and found that the neutral flavour of the coconut pulp is more suitable.
Simply beat a few eggs (2-3) and mix some pinches of different spices in your flour (salt, pepper/red chillie powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder...). Cut your chicken into small Schnitzel sizes or into strips (you can additionally flatten it, but don't need to), then dip it in the egg and roll it in your spicy flour. Now simply add it to a hot pan and fry it in melted Ghee. Don't be stingy on your fat - otherwise the coconut pulp can be a bit dry as a breading.
3. Make your smoothies extra thick
Try this scrumptious banana-strawberry smoothie and add a few spoons of fresh coconut pulp to give it a richer, yet smooth texture!
You will need:
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup creamy coconut milk (use home-made coconut milk for best results)
- 10 frozen or fresh strawberries
- 2 tbsp of Paleo strawberry jam (made with honey) - or use honey/Agave syrup
- 1-2 tbsp Coconut pulp
- kitchen blender
Simply place all your ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth. Fill your smoothies/desserts into small glasses/bowls and keep it for half an hour in the freezer. It just tastes like frozen yoghurt - despite being completely vegan! And your kids will love it, too.
You could freeze it instead in a proper ice-cream maker - voilà your home-made coconut-banana-strawberry icecream is ready!
4. Bake a Diabetic friendly grain-free Hazelnut Cake!
In this delicious Hazelnut Cake we have used no flour - only ground hazelnut and dried coconut pulp. Additionally the use of coconut sugar instead of regular sugar makes this cake even more diabetic friendly! Get the full recipe here.
5. Make a fully organic face mask cum scrub
Coconut Pulp is excellent to make a quick facemask at home! The coconut pulp is still nutritious and its oils are known for its skin nurturing and soothing properties. Its fine grainy structure also makes the pulp very suitable for a gentle facescrub.
Ready for glowing skin? Simply add
- 1/4 cup of fresh coconut pulp (make sure it is well pressed and contains only little water)
- 1 Tbsp Honey (water binding and mildly anti-bacterial properties)
- 1-2 Tbsp of Aloe Vera Gel (best your home-made one!)
Mix all ingredients well, or blend them in your kitchen blender. Then simply apply the mixture as a facial mask and let it soften and nurture your skin for 10 minutes - when done use the still moist paste on your face as a scrub while removing it. Hold your face over the sink and slowly rub your face in circular movements and thus remove dead skin cells along with the paste. Rinse your face afterwards with tepid water. Your skin will feel like newborn! If you have paste left over you can keep it in the fride for 2-3 days and repeat the treatment.
If you consume as much coconut milk as we do you will inevitably end up with a lot of coconut pulp. Over time I have tried endless variations and used the pulp also in macaroons, pancakes or simply every recipe that otherwise uses coconut flower. I found that in most recipes the extreme fat-reduced coconut pulp renders the recipe too dry - only in combination with very fatty nuts like in the hazelnut cake the fat-reduced coconut pulp doesn't kill the cake for me. Often I thought - well, this is eatable, but it would be so much better if I would have used the ground shredded coconut instead. By now I give about 50% of my coconut pulp to my compost, but I am steadily looking for more ways to integrate coconut pulp into recipes. If you experiment I would recommend to not add too much pulp at a time - like that you avoid sickening dense or sadly dry results. And please always feel free to share your ideas and inspirations - until we have a compilation of simply the best ways of re-using this valuable ressource - coconut pulp.
Happy cooking everyone!