Today we’re talking about ways to use up leftover juice pulp. So we can cut down on food waste and make something just as delicious with these fiber-rich pulp utilization ideas.
One of the most frequently asked questions about juicing is “What can I do with the juicing pulp?” Many things! Today we’re looking at 20 of my favorite uses for leftover juice pulp, getting inspired to reduce food waste and make fantastic use of healthy fiber.
Composting is an obvious choice, but there are other options for using juice pulp. Fortunately, we have discovered many unique recipes and methods over the years.
Creative ways to use up leftover juice pulp.
1. Broth for soup.
If you’ve never made your own broth, now’s your chance! We love making our own broth all year round, and the pulp in our juice plays a big role!
You can use fresh or frozen pulp for this recipe, just make sure it has been thawed before cooking. We love to make our own vegetable broth – the pulp adds great flavor and extra health benefits.
This homemade broth can be used as a base for your favorite soups and stews, or you can enjoy it on its own! All you need is vegetable pulp, water, salt, pepper and your favorite spices.
Vegetable broth recipe.
- Pour 9-10 cups of water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add all the vegetable pulp you have.
- Add salt, pepper and other spices to taste.
- Once all the ingredients have been added, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Let cool a bit.
- Filter the remaining pulp or leave it in the broth, the choice is yours!
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.
2. Vegan basil pesto recipe.
Here we use the leftover pulp from the cold pressed almond milk to make a vegan basil pesto.
This pesto will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.
- Walnut milk pulp: Leftover cold-pressed nut milk.
- Olive oil (extra virgin): 8 tablespoons.
- Garlic (peeled): 12 cloves.
- Spinach: 70 grams.
- Basil: 70 grams.
- Lemon juice: 1/3 of a medium lemon.
- Salt: 1 tablespoon.
- Black pepper (ground): to taste.
- In a pan, add the peeled garlic and cover it with oil; I recommend using a small, shallow pan to avoid needing too much oil to completely cover the garlic. Adjust the heat to simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until the garlic is lightly browned and tender.
- Remove the garlic from the oil and allow the garlic and oil to cool.
- Add all ingredients except oil to blender and beat until well blended.
- Gradually add the oil.
3. Cookies with raw pulp.
We understand that juice pulp cookies might not sound too appetizing at first, but these vegan and gluten-free cookies are sure to be a hit at your next event or gathering. They are long lasting and can be dipped in any sauce like hummus, guacamole or spinach dip.
They are a perfect snack for people with allergies or intolerances, or for those who want a clean and healthy snack. You can use any vegetable pulp you like, but we prefer to use carrot pulp.
- 2 cups of carrot juice pulp.
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds.
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
- ¼ cup quinoa flour.
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt.
- ½ cup of water.
- Sesame seeds.
- The first thing you need is juice pulp. It doesn’t have to be just carrot juice. I guess beet juice pulp would work well too. But I only tried the recipe with carrots. You will need about 2 cups of pulp.
- Add the 2 cups of pulp to a mixing bowl along with 1/4 cup ground flax seeds, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup quinoa flour, and 1/2 tsp salt. To maintain freshness, keep whole flaxseeds on hand and only grind them in the coffee grinder. Any flour can be used, or could probably be omitted since the flax and chia seeds should bind the ingredients together.
- Mix the ingredients so that the carrot pulp is well covered by the quinoa flour. Then let it sit for about 5 minutes. This is how the quinoa flower absorbs the liquid from the carrot pulp.
- This is where things get a little complicated. Depending on your juicer and the freshness of your carrots, you may need to improvise when adding the water. Add half the water, or 1/4 cup, and mix everything together. If you manage to form a ball and it sticks, it’s ready. The dough shouldn’t be sticky, but it shouldn’t fall apart either. If you need more water, add 1 teaspoon at a time until you get the desired result.
- Leave the dough to rest a little then shape it into a disc. Place it on parchment paper, put another piece on it and roll out the dough until it is 3 millimeters thick. You can adjust the thickness depending on the type of cookie you want. If you make it very thin, you can create crisps to use in a salad.
- Sprinkle top with chia and sesame seeds, use parchment paper to press seeds into batter. Take a pizza cutter and cut the dough into cookie-sized pieces.
- Place the dough, still in the paper, on a baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes at 175ºC. You will also need to adjust this depending on the moisture of your carrots. The cookies are ready when they no longer yield when pressed. As the cookies bake, they will shrink and separate.
4. Baked goods.
Adding your juicer pulp to baked goods will add moisture to your favorite recipes. In some cases, you can even reduce the amount of olive oil or butter, using a healthier alternative and making good use of the pulp.
Some of the recipes you can use juicer pulp in include breads, muffins, cookies, and many more.
If you add the leftover pulp to smoothies, you’ll get an extra boost of nutrients and fiber. The pulp will also help thicken the smoothie, creating a delicious consistency.
Experimenting is one of the best parts of juicing, isn’t it? Have fun and play with different combinations until you find your favorite, you might even find your new favorite recipe!
If you want to make the perfect scramble for your breakfast, skillet, donuts, or potatoes, add a few tablespoons of the pulp from your juicer to add more flavor. You can easily prepare a nutrient-dense breakfast in minutes.
7. Dehydrated pulp.
Dried fruits are a delicious candy. You can easily make your own dried fruit using fresh fruit pulp. Here’s how:
- Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
- Squeeze and place your fruit pulp evenly – make sure everything is even so it dries evenly.
- Place it in a dehydrator or in the lowest part of your oven (preferably around 115°C) for 12 to 14 hours.
- Cut into strips and enjoy.
You can also mix lemon juice and/or sugar (depending on the sweetness of your fruit) with the fruit pulp for a finer texture and sweeter flavor.
Using the leftover pulp, you can prepare a delicious treat.
- Prepare your favorite juice and reserve some for your popsicles.
- Sprinkle some of the pulp from the juicer into your popsicle molds.
- Pour the juice into the moulds.
- Freeze and enjoy!
There are dozens of different flavors you can try.
9. Edible natural dyes.
You can use the remaining pulp for make food coloring in different colors, yellow, green, red, purple, orange and blue naturally. So you can enjoy your favorite desserts, without harming your health. Here you can consult the instructions.
10. Cream cheese spread.
Using the pulp from your juice, making your own cream cheese spread is super easy! It can be used in cookies, sandwiches and more.
Measure out about ½ cup of fruit or vegetable pulp (if using fruit pulp, make sure the fruit is finely chopped or mashed).
Then mix the pulp with about a cup of cream cheese. You can do this by hand or use the mixer to lightly beat the cream cheese.
Salt and season the sauce to your liking. We recommend onion and garlic powder for mixed vegetables. Put it in the fridge for about 2-4 hours to let the flavors blend and enjoy!
11. Dog treats.
Pamper your furry friend by making your own healthy dog treats from juice pulp.
- 2 cups of juice pulp. Some fruits and vegetables are toxic to dogs. Please ensure they are not included in any of your treats.
- ⅓ cup natural peanut butter.
- ¼ cup ground flax.
- ¾ to 1 ½ cup rolled oats.
We recommend carrot, kale, cucumber, apple (seedless), lettuce, celery, spinach, melon and pear. Before preparing a treat, always make sure the ingredients are safe and healthy for your furry friend. Consult your veterinarian if in doubt.
- Preheat your oven to 175°C.
- Mix all ingredients. Slowly pour in the oats until you get a good consistency of dough.
- Then use the mixture to form treat shapes.
- Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.
- Mix the pulp in a smoothie to add fiber.
- clothes dyes. Did you know that the juice pulp can be used to dye clothes? If you are curious, here is a manual.
- Prepare a “fruit tea” by boiling fruit pulp with water, adding spices such as cinnamon or ginger, cooling and then straining.
- Use the flesh of vegetables to add nutrient density to macaroni and cheese or pasta sauce, or spread it into lasagna.
- Use it on burgers or homemade veggie donuts. The pulp adds moisture, flavor and nutrition.
- Use fruit or vegetable pulp to add flavor, texture and moistness to pancakes.
- Use the pulp for raw pizza dough.
- You can make pulp jam.
- Dehydrate and use as breadcrumbs.
- Use it in DIY skincare recipes like scrubs, masks, and soap.
And you, what do you use the leftover pulp or bagasse for?