January 26, 2010

Compost Fudge Bites

Homegirl knows how to reel you in with a title, eh?

Anyone with a juicer knows just how much pulp is generated by a modest pint of juice. Multiply this by the 5-7 juices I make every week and I’ve got many pounds of pulp on my hands. I confess: most of the time, it gets thrown out. I am but one person and simply can’t consume as much pulp as I do juice. I do, however, always have at least one juice’s worth of pulp in the freezer should I decide to do something with it.

And this week I did! [Pats self on back.]

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I find leftover pulp to be most palatable when blended into smoothies or dehydrated into crackers. I also enjoy the taste of my pulp macaroons, but even those aren’t a treat I find myself reaching for after dinner. So it was that I turned to chocolate to elevate my juice pulp from trash to treasure.

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Compost Fudge Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 3 cups juicer pulp
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 6 tbsp raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water, or as needed

Directions:

  1. Prep dehydrator…or do like me and preheat oven to 150*-200*.
  2. Grind flax seeds to a powder in your food processor.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except for water and process until thoroughly blended and fairly smooth, stopping to scrape down sides periodically. Add water if needed to get the mixture moving.
  4. Drop by the tablespoonful onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and “bake” for 1 hour. At that point, they should be rather firm to the touch but still fudgey inside. Bake longer if you want it drier all the way through.

Makes approximately 2 dozen

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To be fair, this recipe is not going to fool any small child (or other cookie eater in your life) into thinking they’re eating some naughty treat when in reality they’re getting a serving of vegetables and enough fiber to blow their colon.

All I want from my pulp is a way to eat it that doesn’t remind me of something stuck to the bottom of my shoe. These little bites accomplish that. They’re tasty and—dare I say it—fudgey! Definitely dessert-worthy in my world.

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What’s your favorite way to use juicer pulp?

19 comments:

Jenny said...

never used juicer pulp but i'm just gonna go out on a limb and assume that if I ever do my favorite way to use it will be these fudge bites. hot damnnnnnn.

elise said...

ive got MAD love for the use of compost in cooking...two (green) hippie thumbs up

Gena said...

Hey baby! These look awesome. You know I'm all over it.

Also, I hate being so behind on posts! But I just read all of your AMAZING cereals, and I'm so impressed. The cinnamon raisin cereal pudding is going right to the top of my to make list!

mrssturgis said...

Those look so yummy! I just put a breville juicer on my registry.. (crosses fingers)! I love recipes that make use of things that may otherwise go to waste.

And yes, great title :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Those look great!!
"They’re tasty and—dare I say it—fudgey! "--COOL!
But not gonna full anyone, rather just blow your colon, hey cool :)

I remember you told me that about the cookie dough balls inside the ice cream too. NICE. Bet that was tastttttty!!!!!

Juice pulp doesnt exist b/c i dont juice these days. I know. I'm a rebel.

tasteofbeirut said...

Very interesting post! You had me hanging on every word, waiting for the unearthing of really disgusting trash...you are a great recycler!

moretolifethanlettuce said...

brilliant! i've never had juice pulp on hand (don't have a juicer!) but if i did, and i had a dehydrator, and i was hankering for something deliciously fudgy, i KNOW i would go for this recipe!

thedelishdish said...

these actually really really make me wish i had a juicer and a dehydrator!!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

So creative!! If I had a juicer I would definitely be making some :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

haha that's so awesome! I'm proud of you!

I compost most of my juice pulp because I know it'll make my garden nutrient. I'd love to eat it though instead so this is a fabulous idea.

Mo Diva said...

mmmm chocolatey!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

These look so amazing! I normally make flax crackers or raw vegan sausage with my pulp - but I may have to try adding chocolate... I have never thought of that!

Missy said...

Those look great! Hmm, I've done nothing with my juice pulp yet besides toss it in the trash! One of these days...

Mama Pea said...

Do you use any sweetener? If not, you are seriously hard core.

chrystad72 said...

that sounds awesome!! I dont have a juicer but those fudge bites look fantastic! Great idea for using up the pulp. have an fab day!

Gabriela said...

This is such a good idea! I should send this to my mom, she saves EVERYTHING! I've never saved my pulp, since I've never juiced anything but an orange and I like that with lots of pulp in it! These look like they'd be delicious though!

Christine said...

Wow, can't wait to try this! I'm guessing it'll be a hit with my nieces and me :-) Thanks!

Gina said...

Yeah, you got me with the title! For sure. It's a great idea what you've done here. I want a juicer, and when I get one (which I will one day!) I will think about this post. I 'll let NOTHING go to waste!

runwritetherapylife said...

I don't have a juicer or pulp, but my do those look good! And they remind me of Katie, of course, lol!