Left-over Juice Pulp Doggie Treats

by Susan on March 28, 2012

I get A LOT of requests for recipes that use the pulp that is left over from juicing. Frankly, I understand that when you look at all of that vegetable matter, you think, “I can’t possibly throw this away!” But seriously, what you are looking at, it is just the plant matter that is left over from the fruits and vegetables after you extract the nutrients and flavor out of them. It is almost all fiber with hardly any nutrients. 

My leftover juice pulp normally ends up feeding the compost pile. But all of that changed a couple of days ago. I was looking at the dwindling doggie treat jar and the pups expanding waistlines and made a decision. I would accept the juice pulp challenge make doggie treats from the pulp! 

I started collecting my left-over pulp and placed it in the freezer. When I had a significant amount (only 3 juicings), I pulled it out, let it thaw and started making these little treats. With the addition of sunflower seeds and flax, I created a jar full of treats that the pups went wild for and wouldn’t pack on the pounds. A great savings over purchased doggie bones, and much healthier, I think this is a winner. Oh…and I did try one. They are good but honestly lack the wonderful flavor I could have gotten if I had used the actual veggies, not just their pulp. IMPORTANT NOTE: There are some fruits and veggies that are toxic to dogs. Please make sure you don’t include these in your treats. There is a good list here: Toxic Fruits and Veggies for dogs.

Juice Pulp Doggie Treats

  • 8 cups juice pulp (make sure you don’t have anything toxic to dogs in your pulp)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup ground flax soaked in 2 cups water for 1/2 hour
  • 1/4 cup nama shoyu (optional)

1. Mix all ingredients together and spread on non-stick sheets 1/4 inch thick. 

2. Score into 1-inch squares.

3. Dehydrate at 145* for 1 hour, reduce heat to 115 and continue to dry until completely dry, flipping once during dehydration. Approximately 12-14 hours.

Makes two trays. 

*How is this still raw? Read here: FAQ

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Zeneta March 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Can’t wait to try this out. I have a pit and would love to have her start raw dishes with composite. Thanks for the recipe.

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Amanda March 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Brilliant!! Now I jut need to start juicing… ;)

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Britt March 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Love this–such a great idea! We actually just decided to replace our pup’s treats with dehydrated fruit. We think her previous store-bought treats may have been upsetting her stomach, and, besides, the fruit is easier and natural. If we ever get a dehydrator, we may have to give these a try too. Oooh, and I’ll bet nut pulp from making nut milk would make tasty biscuits! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Frau Hase March 29, 2012 at 1:29 am

Great!!!!!
My dogs both love dehydrated “crackers”.

Regards from Germany
Frau Hase

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit March 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

This is great! I usually just give my dogs the fresh pulp, but this would be a lot easier… and cleaner.

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Anna March 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

Do your dogs really like this?! I would LOVE to do this for mine, as he’s prone to chubbiness (lost 25% of his body weight since we adopted him and put him on a diet) and I always feel like I should be doing something with that juicer pulp, but I’m a little worries he would spit it out and look at me like a crazy lady!

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Susan March 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

Anna, I should put up a video. They go nuts for them. But they also love veggies. :-) Cheers!

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Manda March 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Susan
just brilliant !
Regarding citrus oils being poisonous for dogs, do you think thus would include orange pulp?
I thought the oils were in the skin so pklp would be ok. I compost sooo much juice leftovers and oranges are a good percentage of it.
I’ve just rescued a 4yr old dog and the thought of her having super raw treaties makes my heart sing :)
thank you again !
~peace~
Manda

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Ambika March 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

wow! This is incredible. I always see the pulp and throw it away with a very heavy heart. I do try to mix in some into my dog’s food, but its not a hit. I would love to try this recipe, you are amazing! Just discovered your page through pinterest and I am so glad I did :)

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Cheryl Boswell April 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Great idea. The dog treats I buy my little one are unbelievably expensive. Since I am in the kitchen preparing my weeks’ food for myself anyways, I’ll whip up these treat. I think she’ll like them.

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Linda April 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

My dogs love the pulp fresh from the juicer – they sit and wait for it to be dumped into their bowls. They run into the kitchen when they hear me chopping something on the cutting board like a cat runs to the sound of the can opener. I always give them a little bit of a treat, like a hunk of apple or pear, or zucchini, carrot, rutabaga. They’re fruit and veggie hounds!

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Wendy April 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

These will be perfect for my girl, Athena The Wonder Dog! I’ve been looking for a healthy treat for her I could make. We make our own food for her a lot of the time. Thanks so much for posting this. :) I’ll let you know how Athena likes them.

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Elsa April 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I made these for our dogs, and they “sit” immediately when I bring out the container. They love them! And I love your site. Great, inspiring photos, too.

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Susan April 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Love it!! Cheers!

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Stephanie June 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Just wanted to send you a little note about these. I make them ALL THE TIME now with just miscellaneous juicing pulp (I leave out the flax and sunflower seeds). My dog LOVES these. I use them as treats (I think he likes the crunching sound it makes too) and I’ve even substituted these for the spoon full of wet food I was feeding him at night with his dry food. I just crunch of a few shards of these, throw in portion of dry food, add some water and BAM! Dinner. His poops have improved in quality too :P

He seems happy, full of energy, anal glands are always clean when I groom him, and his coat is nice and healthy looking.

Thanks for the recipe and inspiration! This is a keeper for life.

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Meredith July 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I just found this post through the Kale University site. The timing is amazing. I just started a 21 day juice cleanse yesterday, and as I was throwing all of the pulp away I felt so guilty. I always do. And then I found this post! I have four dogs so this is the perfect solution to my guilt and their waste lines. Thanks so much for a wonderful idea.

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Betsy November 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

What would someone do for this recipe if they didn’t have a dehydrator. I don’t mind if my dog doesn’t eat raw, I just want to not waste all that filling fiber matter that I could have ate if I had actually eaten the whole vegetable. Fiber is great for bulking up your stool!

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amy March 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Betsy – set your oven to its lowest setting. I do this all the time to dehydrate yam slices to make yam chewers for my pup. Will be making the pulp treats once I have enough pulp saved up – Junedog loves it when I feed her the wet pulp and I’ve been needing training treats so I thought this would be a great use for it! Will soak the sunflower seeds first to sprout em – what a spoiled pup :)

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ECL March 25, 2013 at 12:12 am

How do you “dehydrate” them? Is there a machine or do you just let them sit out and dry? Help!!! LOL!!!

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Susan March 25, 2013 at 1:33 am

You dehydrate them in a dehydrator. It is a special machine that dehydrates food.

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Simon May 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hi,

How long do these treats keep? How should they be stored after preparing them.

Thanks

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Susan May 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

If you dehydrate them completely dry they should keep for weeks. I store them in a glass jar in a dark cupboard. Cheers!

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Cassie May 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Toxic fruits and veggies for dogs link doesn’t work.

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Cindy June 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Just tried the Toxic fruits and veggies for dogs link and I found it was more confusing. Dogs/cats should or should not have the ‘People Food’ listed?? I would love to try this treat idea, but I definitely do NOT want to harm my animals.

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Susan June 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

You need to click on each thing listed to see if it is toxic or not. There are many things that dogs can have. The recipe lists ingredients that are safe for dogs.

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loquia November 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

my dogs would love eating these.

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