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The recent enigma of my blog life has been ‘what do I do with all of this almond pulp?’. I’ve tried it in everything from baked goods to ice cream to truffles,….all to no avail. I find it produces a ‘fluffy’ consistency that I really don’t care for, so I usually end up tossing it (gasp!) or dehydrating it in the oven and using it in place of almond meal/flour in recipes…but I recently had an epiphany….
As the pulp dries in the oven, it gets a bit clumpy, which led me to think of granola! Add in a handful of pistachios, some sesame seeds, honey, and coconut oil, and watch it all come together to create a tasty mix that makes a wonderful alternative to its oat-laden counterpart….
This is highly adaptable to individual tastes, as you can add whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruits you desire. It can also be made sugar-free by replacing the traditional honey with this Apple Honey! Eaten with some coconut cream or milk or even by itself, this makes a delicious and satisfying breakfast or snack!
- 2/3 cup almond pulp, lightly packed
- 1/4 cup pistachios, or another nut you like
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons coconut, shredded and unsweetened
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 3 tablespoons honey (or apple honey for a sugar-free version)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc. (stirred in last)
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Place the almond pulp on a non-stick cookie sheet and into the oven for 15-20 minutes to dry out.
- Increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
- Mix the cooled pulp with the pistachios, seeds, coconut, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, mix the melted coconut oil with the honey and vanilla.
- Mix everything together (the ingredients should be slightly wet...not dripping and not too dry)
- Pour everything back onto the cookie sheet and place into the oven.
- Let bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove and stir.
- Replace the pan and bake for 15-20 more minutes until lightly browned, stirring every 5 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool (it will crisp up more while cooling).
- Stir in the dried fruit and enjoy!
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