Instead of tossing all that leftover juice pulp, use it to make a healthy treat your dog will love.
National Love Your Pet Day is coming up, which makes now the perfect time to share our amazing recipe for vegan dog treats!
Here's the cool part: This human-grade recipe makes use of that leftover juice pulp from your juicer. Instead of tossing all that pulp in the garbage, use it to make a healthy treat your dog will love.
Why We Love These Juice Pulp Vegan Dog Treats
Our dogs absolutely scarf these treats down, but bringing a wag to their tail isn't the only reason we love this recipe. It's also incredibly healthy for our furry friends!
Flax seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to help dogs in a number of ways, including:
- Conditioning their skin
- Less shedding and dandruff
- A shinier coat
- Fewer ear infections
- Reduced symptoms caused by chronic inflammation
Coconut oil can improve nutrient absorption, help counteract digestive disorders, boost energy and reduce overall inflammation in the body, according to some studies.
In moderation, peanut butter can be a great source of protein and healthy fats for your dog. Plus, it contains vitamins B and E, as well as niacin. Note that the healthiest option is unsalted peanut butter or homemade peanut butter (high sodium levels can be problematic for dogs).
Finally, fruit and vegetable pulp contains some vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Just be sure to only use pulp from produce that dogs can safely eat (click here for a helpful list).
Now, let's get into the recipe, which was inspired by a recipe from our friends at Greenhouse Juice.
- promotes healthy skin
- reduces inflammation
- strengthens hair
juice pulp2 cupswe used carrot, apple and ginger
rolled oats1 cuporganic
peanut butter1/3 cupall natural
flax seeds2 tablespoonswhole
flax seeds2 tablespoonsground
coconut oil1 tablespoonsorganic
Preheat your oven to 275° F.
Blend the juice pulp, peanut butter, flax, and coconut oil in a food processor, high powered blender on low or in a mixer, slowly adding the oats. After all ingredients have been added, increase speed and mix until well combined and a pliable dough has formed.
Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters or press into silicone molds.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 60 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Experiment with different juice pulp ingredients, just make sure it’s safe for dogs and your dog is not allergic.
Speak to your veterinarian if you have concerns about which foods are best for your dog or before making any changes to your pets diet.
Stays fresh for a week to ten days stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
The amount of treats will depend on the size of your cookie cutter or mold.
You can use 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds if you do not have the whole seeds on hand. If you have whole flax seeds, you can use a coffee grinder to grind them. Grinding the flax seeds makes the nutrients more easily absorbed.
Looking for more juice pulp recipes?
Check out our 11 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Juice Pulp.