Zero Waste Kitchen–Nut Milk Pulp Recipe

Feb, 29, 2020

We drink only plant-based milk in this house so you can image how many packages of almond milk we (a family of five) were sending to the landfills. Since going zero waste we have been making our own milk.. It’s so easy to make, and you can find recipes for plant-based milks here.

When you make your own nut milk, you end up with a leftover called nut milk pulp. This is a dry mash that you should save and use for all kinds of fun things. Here are two of my favorite recipes utilizing nut milk pulp. Both are vegan, non-dairy, gluten free and healthy.

Meatballs — Best Vegan “neat balls” — We eat them Swedish style with mushroom gravy and potatoes, or Italian style with pasta and marinara. All my kids like Nut milk neatballsthem.

  • 2 cups nut milk pulp
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seed meal
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 6 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. Bragg’s liquid amino or tamari
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian herbs
  • 2 Tbsp. chickpea flour

Preheat oven to F400/C200. Mix chia seeds, flax seed meal, tamari or Bragg’s liquid amino and water in a bowl, and set a side. Cook onions in the oil in a frying pan on medium heat until glossy, not brown. In a kitchen aid or blender add onion, milk pulp, flax seed, chia seed liquid, black pepper, Italian herbs and chickpea flower. Blend until it forms a kind of sticky ball. Use an ice cream scoop to form the meatballs, and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until they are dry on the outside.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies — These are my husband’s favorite cookies, and I’m happy to make them for him because they are super fast and easy to make.

  • 2 cups nut milk pulpNut milk pulp cookies
  • 4 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 4 Tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • Scant vanilla bean
  • 6 fresh dates or 8 dried
  • 1 ripe banana

Preheat oven for F350/ C175. Blend everything in a Kitchen Aid until a ball forms. Use an ice cream scoop to place dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Use hands to lightly press ball flat. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until top is dry. Leave cookies on baking sheet to cool for 15 minutes before removing

For more fun nut milk pulp recipes check these out:

Crunchy cereal



Chocolate Banana Muffins

Zucchini and Almond Hummus


Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)


  1. Reply

    Shannon Trindade

    December 28, 2014

    Thanks for sharing these recipes! I can’t wait to make them!

    • Reply

      Green Mom

      December 29, 2014

      You are most welcome Shannon and please let me know how it goes:)

  2. Reply

    Margaret Reese

    June 2, 2015

    These recipes sound so delicious! I drink nut milk because I am lactose intolerant and I don’t have other options. I use the nut pulp to make cookies but I have never use them for something salty. Thank you for the interesting suggestion here! I will definitely try it!

    • Reply

      Green Mom

      June 2, 2015

      Thank You Margret:)

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