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5 Simple Recipes for Coconut Milk Pulp

Updated on March 16, 2016
Bake the pulp for a few hours
Bake the pulp for a few hours
Pass the dried pulp through your blender to turn it into a fine flour
Pass the dried pulp through your blender to turn it into a fine flour
Deep-freeze fresh pulp thinly pressed into a zip-lock bag
Deep-freeze fresh pulp thinly pressed into a zip-lock bag

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:

  1. Use it fresh right after pressing or
  2. 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
  3. 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

Coconut Pulp is a perfect addition to your Paleo Muesli
Coconut Pulp is a perfect addition to your Paleo 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

Your dried coconut pulp can be used as a breading for Schnitzel
Your dried coconut pulp can be used as a breading for Schnitzel

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

Wanna try this delicious dairy-free strawberry-banana smoothie?
Wanna try this delicious dairy-free strawberry-banana smoothie?

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

Serves 4

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

Use home-made Aloe Vera Gel in this recipe
Use home-made Aloe Vera Gel in this recipe

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.

More leftovers?

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!


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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Wow! I love this hub. I usually throw the coconut pulp after getting the milk. Thanks for sharing this one. I´ll be following this useful intructions from now on. Voted up and useful.

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Excellent hub! Thank you for these great ideas as I didn't know what I should do with all the pulp. I surely didn't want to just throw it away. Two thumbs up!

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      Wasteless Project 2 years ago from Worldwide

      Thank you Abby, I am happy that the hub is useful for you - I also used to get way too much pulp - and was desperate to find ways to use it :)

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      Jessie 2 years ago

      Awesome I wasn't sure how to use the pulp. I'm think of making dog cookies!

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      JOHN TETTEH 2 years ago

      This is a good one. thanks so much. Can i use this method for commercial coconut milk production? thanks for the post.

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      Wasteless Project 2 years ago from Worldwide

      Wow, that sounds like a great idea - if you remember come back and share how it went ;)

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      Wasteless Project 2 years ago from Worldwide

      Hi John, I don't think that this process is suitable for commercial production - as there will be a lot of hygienic regulations you need to consider and the product also doesn't have a very long shelf life... maybe if you have your own little organic farm with a home produce shop you could pull it off ;)

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      shecaina 2 years ago

      what are some possible unique recipes that made of coconut pulp? thank you so much..

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      Magdalena 2 years ago

      I use my leftover coconut pulp to make delicious pancakes. Have a look at for the recipe.

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      skperdon 2 years ago from Canada

      Well written on leftover coconut pulp. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lena Mumma 22 months ago

      Is it stainless steel food processor/blender on the second image? Can you please tell the name/model number.

      Thank you.

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      13 months ago

      I'm going to dry it, grind it and use it as an exfoliate in 100% coconut soap (coconut milk + coconut oil+coconut pulp).

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      Olive 4 months ago

      "Face mask cum scrub"?!?! LMAO!!!! hahaha I died laughing :) Thanks for the tips ;)

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