Don’t Waste Plant Milk Pulp! Simple Okara Recipes

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Okara Pancakes

Making homemade plant milks is a delicious and healthy way to save money. And the bonus is that the remaining pulp, called okara, can be used to make simple treats like pancakes and cookies. It doesn’t matter what kind of milk you make; soy, almond, coconut, rice, oat and hemp okara are combinable and/or interchangeable in these recipes.

Harvest the leftovers at the bottom of the nut bag and use them to create a sweet treat. And if the nut bag is problematic for you (as it was for me!), ditch the nut bag and use a pair of nylons.

Okara Pancakes:
Equal parts okara, water, and baking flour. (Remaining recipe is proportional to about one cup of each)
1 tbsp tbsp hydrated ground flax seed (cover 1 tbsp flax with 1 tbsp water, set for 5 minutes)
2 tbsp sugar (optional if you’re adding syrup!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp xantham gum

Mix ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add a few tbsp of water as needed for a thinner consistency. Coat griddle with oil of choice, and use medium heat. These pancakes will take longer to set than normal, so be patient, and don’t flip prematurely. Top with homemade vegan butter and pure maple syrup. Enjoy!

Okara Cookies

Okara Peanut Butter Cookies:
Equal parts okara and peanut butter and baking flour of choice (Remaining recipe is proportional to about one cup of each)
1 cup brown sugar (cut in half for low sugar variety)
1 tbsp hydrated ground flax seed (cover 1 tbsp flax with 1 tbsp water, set for 5 minutes)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp xantham gum

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix okara, peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and flax in one bowl, and the dry ingredients in another. Combine and blend thoroughly. Spoon balls onto a greased cookie sheet, and use a fork to create the traditional criss cross pattern. Sprinkle extra sugar on the top for a crispy, sweet finish. Bake about 15 minutes.

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  1. Emma says:

    I made the okara pancakes this morning and they were great! I made half of the mix with some rosemary and nutritional yeast and half with a bit of date puree, cinnamon and chopped apple.
    Thanks so much for a great way to use up the pulp, I hate throwing any kind of food away so I was really happy when I saw this recipe.

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