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Don't Let Your Coconut Pulp Go to Waste
If you make your own coconut milk at home, you will inevitably end up with a lot of left-over pulp. I hope you haven't thrown it out yet, as your coconut milk pulp (or any other nut pulp because 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 Three Ways to Use/Store Your Coconut Milk Pulp:
- Use it fresh right after pressing.
- Deep freeze your fresh pulp. The best way to store it is by pressing it thinly into a ziplock bag so you can break off convenient chunks without defrosting the whole packet.
- Dry your pulp, and keep it in an airtight container. I've had the best results with 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 do you 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). Periodically check to see if it feels dry. Then let it cool down, and pass it through your blender to turn it into a finely-ground flour. Keep it in an airtight jar for your next use. It will stay fresh for a couple of weeks.
Step 1: Bake the pulp for a few hours.
Step 2: Pass the dried pulp through your blender to turn it into a fine flour.
Step 3: Put pulp into a ziplock bag, flatten it, and store it in the freezer.
Five Ways to Use Your Coconut Pulp
- Make Muesli
- Make "Bread" Crumbs
- Use as a Smoothie Thickener
- Make a Cake
- Use as a Facial Scrub
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 milk or coconut milk. Adding coconut pulp gives this recipe a nutritional and flavorful boost because it adds extra fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins to your muesli without adding more fat. It's a simply scrumptious way to start your day!
2. Make Breading for Mini-Schnitzels
Dried coconut pulp is an excellent grain-free and gluten-free breading choice. I especially like it on Paleo mini-schnitzels! I have tried other nuts, such as hazelnuts, and found that the coconut pulp's neutral flavour is more suitable.
- Simply beat a two or three eggs, and mix a few pinches of your favorite spices in your flour (salt, pepper/red chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, etc).
- Cut your chicken into small schnitzel sizes or into strips (you can flatten it if you want, but you 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 will turn out a bit dry.
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 homemade for the 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
- Toss it all in a blender, puree, and serve!
Put your smoothies into small glasses/bowls, and pop it in the freezer for a half hour. It just tastes like frozen yoghurt despite being completely vegan! And your kids will love it, too.
You could also freeze it in a proper ice cream maker—voilà your homemade coconut-banana-strawberry ice cream is ready!
4. Bake a Diabetic-Friendly Grain-Free Hazelnut Cake
There's no flour in this delicious hazelnut cake—only ground hazelnut and dried coconut pulp. Additionally, the use of coconut sugar instead of regular sugar makes this cake even more diabetic-friendly!
5. Make a Fully Organic Face Mask Scrub
Coconut pulp makes great face masks! The oils are known for nurturing skin and for having powerful soothing properties. Its fine, grainy structure also makes the pulp very suitable for a gentle face scrub.
Ready for glowing skin? Simply add
- 1/4 cup of fresh coconut pulp (make sure it is well-pressed and contains very little water)
- 1 Tbsp honey (water binding and mildly anti-bacterial properties)
- 1-2 Tbsp of aloe vera gel (It's best if you make the gel yourself.)
- 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. This will remove dead skin cells and 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 fridge for 2-3 days and repeat the treatment.
Still Have a Bunch Left Over?
If you consume as much coconut milk as we do, you will inevitably end up with a lot of pulp. Over time, I have tried endless ways to use this stuff up. I've used it in macaroons, pancakes, and every recipe that otherwise uses coconut flower. I found that in most recipes the low-fat coconut pulp renders the recipe too dry. It has to be paired with something fatty, like butter or hazelnuts, to stay moist. I have often thought, "Well, this is edible, but it would be so much better if I would have used the ground, shredded coconut instead." I end up throwing about half of my coconut pulp in my compost, but I am steadily looking for more ways to integrate the stuff into recipes. You could always give it away to your friends if you find that you have exorbitant amounts of it left over. If you experiment, I would recommend not adding too much at a time because you don't want to accidentally make your food too dense or too dry. And please always feel free to share your ideas and inspirations!
Happy cooking, everyone!
© 2014 Wasteless Project
Reena on May 26, 2020:
what i did was add a little bit of pink food color and 3 deops of strawberry essence to the used pulp. After that i dried it in oven in low temperature and when it’s done stored it in glass jar to decorate my cakes and pies later
teresa olofson on December 04, 2019:
This REALLY is so GREAT ..Thank you SO MUCH im so HaPPY I HAD A REASON TO COME HERE ..TONIGHT AND ENJOY THIS!~...i wanted to know how i could make coconut butter from the left over coconut plup or something like that by adding back the coconut cream and or coconut oil? for making totally coconut manna bread? keto etc..
Helen M Jacobs on June 26, 2019:
Thanks for this. I'm dehydrating the coconut pulp now. I've done it in the oven before but now I have a new dehydrator so am trying it this way - at 115 degrees. Btw, Margaret Powderll51 - the lady that suggest pulp, pesto on whitefish - delicious!! thanks
Margaret Powell51 on May 24, 2019:
I've enjoyed reading your ideas and recipes and your candidness!
Another idea I tested and loved was to mix a few heaped teaspoons of dried ground pulp into fresh pesto ( mine was made with wild garlic leaves) and spread on top of white fish fillets and bake in a hot oven for 25 mins till top was quite crunchy...very tasty and kept the baked fish moist!
Elle on November 14, 2018:
If you really have a lot, or frozen pop that’s been in the freezer too long, it’s a wonderful Organic pet friendly fertilizer in the garden.
Chicky Mama Kit on August 03, 2017:
Add it to chicken food?
Olive on February 09, 2017:
"Face mask cum scrub"?!?! LMAO!!!! hahaha I died laughing :) Thanks for the tips ;)
H on May 03, 2016:
I'm going to dry it, grind it and use it as an exfoliate in 100% coconut soap (coconut milk + coconut oil+coconut pulp).
Lena Mumma on September 05, 2015:
Is it stainless steel food processor/blender on the second image? Can you please tell the name/model number.
skperdon from Canada on June 18, 2015:
Well written on leftover coconut pulp. Thanks for sharing.
shecaina on December 08, 2014:
what are some possible unique recipes that made of coconut pulp? thank you so much..
Wasteless Project (author) from Worldwide on September 24, 2014:
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 ;)
Wasteless Project (author) from Worldwide on September 24, 2014:
Wow, that sounds like a great idea - if you remember come back and share how it went ;)
JOHN TETTEH on September 12, 2014:
This is a good one. thanks so much. Can i use this method for commercial coconut milk production? thanks for the post.
Jessie on September 09, 2014:
Awesome I wasn't sure how to use the pulp. I'm think of making dog cookies!
Wasteless Project (author) from Worldwide on September 08, 2014:
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 :)
Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on September 02, 2014:
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!
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 05, 2014:
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.