20 Creative Uses for Leftover Juice Pulp

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I have always loved juicing, but I have never done it consistently until recently.

Juicing can be such an easy, healthy addition to your lifestyle! Fruits and vegetables processed through a juicer provide energy and nutrients that are streamlined to your body in a very easy-to-assimilate form.

Are you new to juicing and interested in more information? I’ve gathered these articles for you:

>>>The Right (and Wrong) Way to Juice

The GAPS diet, which we are working through right now, calls for fresh carrot juice starting in Stage 4 and adding other fruits and vegetables later on as tolerated. We’ve touched on Stage 4 in the past few days.

Since we’ve ventured into stage 4, I was quickly reminded of a little something that likes to tag along with fresh juiceleftover juice pulp! It’s not long before you’re inundated with this pulp, and you’re left wondering, “What to do with leftover juice pulp?”

Well, if you’re anything like me, you love using everything that comes through your kitchen, and hate wasting anything valuable. Perish the thought of that leftover juice pulp going to waste! There are tons of things you can do with it. And in my kitchen, I work by the motto “Waste not, want not.” These 20 uses for leftover juice pulp will not leave you wanting.

If you find yourself wondering what to do with leftover pulp? Ask no more I have 20+ Ideas for what to do with leftover pulp.

Are there any nutrients left in juice pulp?

Juice pulp contains up to half of the nutrients from your fruit and vegetables, as well as up to 95% of the fibre. Reusing your fruit and vegetable juice pulp is a great way to increase the fibre and nutrients in your diet, as well as a frugal way to use up every little bit of your fruits and vegetables.

Here are 20+ uses for leftover juice pulp

Bone Broth 

If you’re in the habit of making your own homemade bone broth, simply toss your leftover pulp in with the broth. It will take a little extra straining when you’re finished, but it’s a great way to keep from having to toss it.

This is a great way to use up leftover vegetable pulp from juicing because it will add stacks of extra nutrients and vitamins to your soup!

BONE BROTH RECIPE:

  • Save your leftover bones from a roast chicken
  • Place in a slow cooker along with your vegetable pulp
  • Add salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 
  • Cover with water
  • Allow to cook for 12 hours, checking the water level occasionally. If the water is evaporating, add some more to cover the ingredients.
  • Allow to cool, strain or pick out the bones and enjoy!

This is a great recipe for using up leftover green juice pulp. If you haven’t used onion, celery, or garlic in your pulp, just add some in along with the bones at step 1. 

Veggie Broth

Similarly, you can make homemade veggie broth. Add your pulp to several quarts of filtered water, add salt and desired seasonings. Simmer for at least 30 minutes and strain. The leftover pulp will add some texture to your soup, if you don’t like it you can use an immersion blender to mix it more, or simply strain it out. Give the strained out pulp to your worms or compost heap. If you want to pump up the nutrients in your soup, add onion, celery and garlic along with any herbs and spices that you fancy. Once your broth is cooked, try adding in kale and spinach to make it extra green!

Add to Eggs

Loaded scrambled eggs for breakfast? Yes please! You can turn your boring scrambled eggs or omlette into delicious, healthy and nutritious loaded eggs by adding some of your leftover vegetable pulp. 

Cook off the vegetables a little first before adding your eggs to get them crispy, or add them into an omlette and let it cook together.

Meatballs and Burgers 

Is your family a huge fan of burgers? Mine definitely is! I love making burgers with a bit of extra vegetables. It’s a great way to get some more minerals into their meals, alongside the salad in the burger, of course.

I do this by adding vegetable pulp to the meat mix. Generally about 50/50 meat to veg. This way the vegetables add extra flavor without overwhelming the dish – it’s still burgers after all! And the great thing is, you can do this with meatballs too. Just substitute half the meat for vegetable pulp.

Veggie Burgers

Is your family cutting down on meat or maybe you are vegetarian? You can use vegetable pulp to make veggie burgers!

Meat free Monday? simply use vegetable pulp instead of meat and continue the recipe as usual. You may need to increase or decrease the moisture of your mix but it will work. Don’t forget to add salt and pepper!

Gravy 

After making a roast, I love using the leftover meat and juices in the pan to make homemade gravy. Did you know that you can add leftover veggie scraps?  

The leftover juicing scraps help thicken the gravy. You can strain it a little afterwards to remove chunky bits if it bothers you, or whizz your gravy with an immersion blender. (Might help to blend with an immersion blender before serving.)

Pasta Sauce

green pasta sauce made with leftover juice pulp

An easy way to get extra vegetables into your pasta sauce is by adding your leftover vegetable juice pulp to your sauce. This will add flavor and thicken the sauce.

Pet Food

Sprinkle vegetable and fruit pulp on top of your pet’s dinner for a healthy treat. Please be aware, certain foods are toxic to certain pets, so make sure it’s safe for your furry friend first!

Vegetable Crackers

A super simple way to make vegetable crackers is to use leftover juicer pulp.

Mix your pulp with enough water to make a workable dough, and spread it onto dehydrator sheets. 

Leave it to dehydrate for 6 hours or until hardened and you will have delicious, homemade veggie crackers.

Smoothies

pink fruit smoothie made with leftover juice pulp

Add leftover veggie and fruit pulp to smoothies for extra fiber, nutrients and flavor. (Learn more about healthy smoothie add-ins)

Feel free to change out the base ingredients and you’ll find yourself a delicious recipe for fruit smoothies.

Halwa

One of the most unusual ways to use leftover pulp from carrots is to make Carrot Halwa. This recipe from small footprint family uses carrot pulp, coconut milk and cardamom for a frugal and traditional indian dessert. 

Fruit Leather

How to make healthy, homemade fruit roll ups

One of my favorite kid treats is fruit leather and fruit rollups. Making fruit leather with fruit juice scraps is ridiculously easy and frugal.

  1. 2 cups juice pulp
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. 1 tablespoon gelatin

DIRECTIONS: 

  1. Use a food processor or immersion blender to mix all your ingredients well. 
  2. Pour the mixture onto a dehydrator sheet
  3. Move the sheet around until the mixture covers the whole sheet evenly.
  4. Pop the sheet into the dehydrator on low for 6-8 hours.

Fruit and Vegetable Powder

tomato powder made with leftover pulp

I’m really into using fruit powders, and there is a simply way to make them using a dehydrator and leftover pulp. You simply dehydrate the pulp (here’s the dehydrator I use and love) and then blend to a powder to add to meals. I’ve got a detailed guide on how to make fruit powder here, and a recipe for green veggie powder too!

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Muffins

juice pulp muffins

For a little extra fiber, sneak fruit and vegetable pulp into cakes, pancakes, quick breads, cookies, muffins, you get the idea!

There is no need to only use sweet fruit pulp – vegetables work great in both savory and sweet muffins. Think zucchini chocolate muffins or carrot cake. 

These tasty Juicer Pulp Muffins from Greedy Gourmet are 100% dairy free and lactose free. And the best part is you can use any type of leftover juicer pulp to make them! Brilliant!

Cookies

Another great recipe for snacking and for kids is these healthy oat and juice pulp cookies. They come together quickly and you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

How to make cookies with leftover juice pulp

  • 1 cups leftover juice pulp (sweet fruits work best for this one, think apple, pineapple, orange, carrot)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Use your hands to scoop out a small handful and roll it into a loose, small ball. You may need to add a little coconut oil if the mix is too dry. Press the balls gently into a cookie shape on a baking tray. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.

Porridge

Loaded porridge has been a bit of a craze this past year. You can add your leftover juice pulp to your oats while cooking. I recommend keeping the juice pulp to less than a quarter of the oat volume. So 1 cup of pulp to 3-4 cups of oats. Cook as normal until the oats are cooked through and allow to cool before eating.

Energy Balls

Need a quick daily pick me up? Use your leftover juice pulp to make these quick energy balls. 

Simple blend your leftover pulp along with some rolled oats and a bit of honey or maple syrup. 

Divide the mixture evenly and roll into balls. Dehydrate or put in oven on lowest temperature setting for healthy snacks. 

Spreads & Dips

add to your favorite dressings, such as this Creamy Dill Dressing. Or dips and spreads such as hummus and bean dip.

Save it for Later

Not ready to use your vegetable pulp today? Simply pop your leftover pulp into a freezer safe container and freeze for later. We love small freezer containers like icecube makers for freezing pulp.

Popsicles

Freeze fruit pulp with juice, milk or water into popsicle molds for a cold treat that the kids will love.

Compost

If you still haven’t figured out what to do with leftover juice pulp, the simplest solution might be composting.

Are you composting yet? Having a compost heap (or even a bucket) is a great way to keep food scraps out of landfill, and it also provides you with amazing fertilizer for your plants.

Probably the easiest way to use up leftover juice pulp is to toss in into your compost heap or compost bin

Worms

Garden worms also love fruit and veggie pulp! They will eat it quickly, but be sure not to give them too much, as you don’t want the fruit pulp to rot before they eat it. Your worms will give you amazing worm juice for your garden after having this!


What are your favorite leftover juice pulp uses? Let me and the other readers know in the comments section. 🙂

And for those days when I am not able to juice, this is my favorite go-to for energy and detox.

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44 thoughts on “20 Creative Uses for Leftover Juice Pulp”

  1. Awesome! I love this list – but I've done one that you don't have on your list!

    Add water (or juice) to reconstitute to applesauce texture and use in quick bread/muffin recipes or pancakes!

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  2. VEGGIE NUGGETS! Mix a tablespoon of ground flax seed with a tablespoon of water and let set for a few minutes. In a bowl, mix the pulp with seasonings of your choice (I use Italian) Add the flax mixture, it works as a binder. Form into "nugget" shapes, coat with bread crumbs, and brown in a skillet with just a tiny bit of oil.

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  3. I freeze it in ziplocks or in ice cube trays then put those in ziplocks in the freezer. I add a couple tablespoons of carrot pulp (even if it has apple mixed in) and other veggie pulp to my homemade spaghetti sauce. It gives it better flavor and thickens it.

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  4. I donate my juicing scraps to a local ‘4H Family’ and the kids have the best chickens & small animals, at the County Fair, every year! 🙂

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  5. Great list… Cheers..!! Another for consideration: Vegetable spring rolls, then freeze. My favourite is the simple carrot, celery, ginger, garlic, beetroot, apple mix… Then 5-10 seconds in super hot coconut oil – shallow fry.

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  6. What a delicious way to make use of the pulp! I juice a lot too and there’s always way too much leftover pulp even though I do use it in my soup. The guilt when throwing away a basket full of healthy nutrients and fiber is just unbearable!

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  7. I love your idea of putting the vegetable pulp in with broth and then straining it before serving. I love making broth from vegetable bouillon cubes, and adding in some vegetable pulp sounds pretty yummy. I’ll definitely try it for dinner this week!

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  8. Ooh this is such a great list! I have been making a lot of fruit juices these past days and was wondering what to do with the pulp. I thought that maybe I could use them as filling for pies or something like that but now I’ll be giving your ideas a try. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Elna

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