Homemade Dog Treats Made with Juicing Leftovers


I have been doing a lot of juicing lately. I have read so many places that juicing helps your body heal by delivering a straight shot of nutrients to your system. Since I still have torn abdominal muscles and damaged ligaments from my pregnancy, I have been doing anything I can to help my body heal. I have been starting off most mornings with a glass of carrot/beet/apple/ginger/spinach juice before breakfast. After I am finished running these goodies through the juicer, I have all this leftover fibery pulp. Adding the fiber to the compost bin is definitely one good way to use the leftovers, but I kept thinking that there must be a few better uses for this great fiber that I could whip up.

I often make some homemade dog treats for our dogs with carrots (recipe here), so I know they are fans of veggies. For my first experiment in reusing the fiber leftovers, I decided to make some dog treats. Our dogs have been going nuts over these treats, and I can barely make enough to keep up with their requests for them! These are so far their favorite treats of any they have had.

I love finding ways to utilize every last bit of nutrients, and will post another recipe tomorrow that I whipped up using the juicing leftovers! It reminds me of a funny quote from one of my favorite shows, Gilmore Girls, about chef Sookie:

3 cups of vegetable/fruit fiber leftover in juicer
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup beef broth (I use homemade beef broth leftover from my pot roast recipe, coming soon)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together in stand mixer. Scoop a small amount of batter into silicone baking squares. You can find the tray that I use here. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes, until cooked though to center. Take out and cool on wire rack (mine can be found here).


Homemade Dog Treats

I love baking homemade treats for us, which includes treats for our dog, Shombay.  This is one of the latest treats I have been making for him lately.  I am trying to monitor his protein intake, so I wanted to make some healthy veggie treats for him.  As you can see from the pictures, he loves them!

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup plus 7 tablespoons homemade vegetable broth (canned and leftover from this recipe – but made without the ham)
1 cup cooked carrots

I started by pureeing the cooked carrots in my food processor.  Then I added everything together into my stand mixer, until it had the consistency of cookie dough.  I rolled it out with a rolling pin, and cut it into fun little shapes with cookie cutters:  hammers and wrenches because he’s daddy’s helper! 🙂  Then I baked them on cookie sheets lined with silpats in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  I kept them in a baggies in the fridge, and he loved them so much, I even caught him trying to open the fridge a couple of times!

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