I’m dog-sitting my cousin’s rescue pup Bluto (yes, he’s named after the famous character from Animal House) and I got to thinking about the treats I was feeding him. A quick review of the ingredients on the package, and I was disappointed to see big words and by-products that I didn’t recognize. Sure, he gobbles them up happily (leaving a trail of drool behind… Bluto hasn’t quite mastered the mechanics of his excessive jowls), but I wanted to try something else…
If juicing is good for people, it has to be healthy for dogs too, right? After a bit of research, it turns out my hunch was right. Generally speaking, dogs will do best with pulp–but a few warnings should be heeded. For starters, dogs don’t generally like wet pulp on its own. Don’t believe me? Try scooping a heap of carrot pulp on top of your dog’s dry food. If they’re anything like Bluto, they’ll manage to eat around the pulp–a feat that never ceases to amaze me. Seriously, this dog will eat napkins out of the garbage can but turns his nose up to carrots. It’s baffling. And since juicing is an expensive, albeit enormously beneficial endeavor, I don’t suggest pouring kale juice into your dog’s water bowl and expecting him to lap it up graciously. Not gonna happen.
So just like my carrot pulp cookies recipe, use your pulp to create nutritious doggy snacks! The best part about this recipe is that they’re easy and don’t require much pre-planning.
First, just be sure to take a quick look at this “doggy danger” list below and don’t include any ingredients from it as they are toxic to our four-legged friends.
Doggy Danger Foods
- Grapes and Raisins
- Macadamia Nuts
Bluto’s Happy Puppy Pulp Treats
- 3-4 cups of pulp (it seems that orange-colored veggies are most desirable to Bluto but I’m going to try mixing in spinach and celery next time)
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup organic peanut butter (non-organic peanuts are kind of a nightmare, I’ll address in a future post, but trust me on this one)
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Mush all of the ingredients together with your hands and roll into 1-inch discs – it’s easier if you coat your hands in olive oil first. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for an hour or two (depending on how chewy your pets likes his/her treats), flipping over halfway through. Allow to fully cool and store in a mason jar or plastic bag.