Homemade Dog Treats with Leftover Juice Pulp

carrot pulp dog treats

There’s nothing like a glass of fresh juice during the “dog days” of summer. But what to do with the leftover pulp? The answer might be staring you in the face...your dog! 

We’ve compiled three easy dog treat recipes using pulp from your whole slow juicer. National Dog Day is on August 26th, so we think it’s the perfect time to give your pup a little extra love. If you can’t use your juice pulp right away, you can refrigerate it for 24 hours or freeze it for a few months.

These all-natural dog treat recipes call for either oats or oat flour. Oats are often used in dog treats because they’re low in sugar and high in protein. You can easily make oat flour by blending oats until they become a fine powder. You can substitute oat flour for whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, chickpea flour, or almond flour. We discourage the use of white flour in dog treat recipes. White flour will work, but it holds no nutritional value for dogs.

Banana, peanut butter, and coconut oil are the tail-wagging ingredients in these recipes. Bananas are a sweet treat for dogs, peanut butter is a tasty source of protein, and coconut oil contains healthy fats.

IMPORTANT: Not all fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs. Make sure your pulp is free of these ingredients before proceeding. 

Pulpy Dog Treats

Healthy treats for dogs can be made with almost any fruit or vegetable pulp (dog-safe, of course). Because these treats don’t expand in the oven, the dough can be formed into any shape. This recipe is perfect for kids—they can form all sorts of fun shapes for their furry friends.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cup instant oats
  • 1 cup juice pulp (we used pulp from kale, celery, carrots, apples, and beets)
  • 3 tbsp flour, plus more for rolling

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the coconut oil and juice pulp. Mix. Add the oats and flour. Combine to form a dough, using your hands to knead oats into the dough. Color and texture of the treats will vary depending on the type of pulp you use. 
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can cut into squares with a knife or use a cup to cut circles. Or, make shapes with your hands.
  4. Transfer treats to the parchment-lined cookie sheets. Treats will not expand in the oven, so they can be placed close together. Bake until dry, about 25-30 minutes depending on size.
  5. Let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Inspired by CBC Life and Grounded Nutrition.

Nuts for Treats

nut pulp dog treats

Your dog will go nuts for almond pulp dog treats! You can make these treats with pulp from any homemade nut milk, such as almond or cashew milk (avoid macadamia nuts; they’re harmful to dogs). If you have it on hand, adding chopped parsley helps freshen your dog’s breath. 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 egg (or flax egg)
  • 1 ½ cups nut pulp (we used almond pulp)
  • 1 cup oat flour, plus more for rolling
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add coconut oil, peanut butter, and the egg or flax egg. Mix. Add nut pulp and mix well. 
  3. Add the flour and combine to form a dough. Use your hands to mix, if needed. Finally, add the chopped parsley (optional). If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. 
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can cut into squares with a knife or use a cup to cut circles.
  5. Transfer treats to the parchment-lined cookie sheets. Treats will not expand in the oven, so they can be placed close together. Bake until dry, about 25-30 minutes depending on size.
  6. Let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Inspired by Zero Waste Club and Serving Realness.

Neat Carrot Treats

carrot pulp dog treats

These dog biscuits are made with carrot pulp—perfect for owners who drink carrot juice! (If you don’t, start! Carrot juice is full of vitamin A and beta-carotene.) Dogs love carrots for their sweet, earthy flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg (or flax egg)
  • 1 cup carrot pulp
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups oat flour, plus more for rolling

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the egg or flax egg, carrot pulp, coconut oil, and peanut butter. Mix well. Add the flour. Combine to form a dough, using your hands to mix if needed. 
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can cut into squares with a knife or use a cup to cut circles.
  4. Transfer treats to the parchment-lined cookie sheets. Treats will not expand in the oven, so they can be placed close together. Bake until dry, about 25-30 minutes depending on size.
  5. Let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Inspired by Heavenlynn Healthy and Her Modern Kitchen.

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