Can Donkeys Eat Almonds? (Answered)

by Kloee Ngozi
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Donkeys are lovable, intelligent, and strong animals. To keep these very interesting animals alive and healthy, we have to feed them healthily.

Donkeys love fruits such as Carrots, apples, bananas, pears, turnips, and swedes. However, does this love extend to almonds? Well then, let’s find out.

Can Donkeys Eat Almonds?

Can Donkeys Eat Almonds

Yes, donkeys can eat almonds. Interestingly, Almonds are not nuts. They’re drupes, which are tree-grown fruits like peaches and plums. 

The hull is the outer surface of an almond. The hull of an almond dries as it ripens and is then removed during processing to harvest the seed for consumption.

Continue reading this article and find out all about donkeys and almonds. 

What Are The Health Benefits Of Almonds To Donkeys?

Almonds are packed with important nutrients which is beneficial to the donkey’s health. Let’s take a look at some of these benefits. 

Rich in Antioxidants

Almonds are an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants aid in the prevention of oxidative stress. 

Polyphenols, for example, are antioxidants that relieve stress by neutralizing free radicals.

These antioxidants fight free radicals. This, in turn, causes cell damage and contributes to inflammation, aging, and disease.

Almonds’ powerful antioxidants are concentrated primarily in the brown layer of the skin.

Furthermore, almonds have been found to protect delicate fats. This makes them a great addition to your donkey’s diet.

Boost the immune system of donkeys 

Manganese, vitamin E, and other trace nutrients found in almonds also play an important role in your donkey’s immune system. 

Furthermore, their digestion will be improved, and they will have better overall health. 

A great source of calcium: 

Calcium is a mineral that is required for the proper growth and maintenance of the skeleton.

Interestingly, it is a component found in high concentration in mammals.

Calcium is a necessary component that keeps donkeys’ bones and teeth healthy.

Improves Hoof health

Almonds contain several compounds that help donkeys’ hooves stay healthy. Your donkey only needs a little amount of these compounds, but they are essential for good health.

Zinc is a requirement for cornification. This is the process by which protein is converted into hoof horns.

Copper collaborates with zinc to form keratin proteins.

Manganese aids in the formation of the hard outer hoof capsule.

Vitamin E, Biotin, and a variety of monosaturated and unsaturated fats, all contribute to good hoof health.  Just so you know, a healthy hoof makes a happy donkey. 

Excellent calorie source: 

Calories are the units of energy that the body expends during absorption and digestion meals.

Donkeys get more energetic as their calorie intake increases. However, they do not require high amount of calories.

This is because high calorie consumption can lead to excessive weight gain, which can be harmful to them. 

Here is an article I wrote on what do donkeys eat

How Often Should I Feed Them Almonds?

It is advisable to give your donkeys almonds as a treat.

A maximum of six to eight almonds or less is best for a day. Also, almonds that have been sliced are easier to feed to donkeys.

Can Mini Donkeys Eat Almonds?

Mini donkeys can safely consume almonds. They would benefit greatly from its rich nutrients. 

However, there are a variety of other treats that can be fed to mini donkeys.

Mini donkeys eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, carrots, watermelon, sweet potatoes, bananas, pear, and oranges.

These fruits are not only delicious, but they are also highly beneficial for donkeys. Providing them with different snacks makes their lives more exciting.

Can Donkeys Eat Almond Hull?

Just in case you’re skeptical about feeding almond hull to donkeys, there’s no need to fear.

Almond hulls are safe for your donkeys. Furthermore, donkeys digest almond hulls easily.

Almonds are considered ripe only when their hull gets dried. Usually, the dry hull is removed from the almond; however, it is not discarded.

Rather, it is used for food. Research shows that almond hulls are essential ingredients in animal feed. 

The hulls of almonds are high in fiber. Fiber aids in the maintenance of a healthy digestive system in donkeys.

Fiber also serves as a good source of food for bacteria in the gut.

A donkey’s daily diet should contain up to 45 percent of fiber. Dry almond hulls can be a significant component of a high-fiber feed.

Also check out this article I wrote on can donkeys eat avocados?

Can Donkeys Eat Almond Leaves?

Almond leaves, like many other leaves, are toxic to donkeys. Hence, they should not be served to donkeys. 

Also, avoid feeding donkeys bitter almonds. It contains a toxin called glycoside amygdaline. 

When consumed, this toxin is broken down into several compounds, one of which is hydrogen cyanide, a toxic compound that can cause death.

This is why the trees, leaves, and pits of bitter almonds are toxic.

Interestingly, it appears that hydrogen cyanide dissolves out of the almonds during heat processing.

You should also avoid the leaves of peaches, cherries, and plums. They are toxic to donkeys as well.

Can Donkeys Eat Almond Butter?

Almond butter can safely be consumed by donkeys. It’s not only delicious but it’s also packed with a lot of nutrients such as;


Protein is required for proper growth. It is also required for the donkey’s development. To gain body mass in a short period, donkeys require protein.

Proteins are also required for the immune system and environmental adaptation.


Fiber aids in the reduction of bad cholesterol levels. It also heightens the sensation of fullness. 

Furthermore, fiber aids in the maintenance of a healthy digestive system in donkeys.

Healthy fats

Donkeys require essential fatty acids to rebuild and regenerate their tissues. Almonds are an excellent source of fat for donkeys.

Fats aid in the absorption of vitamin D.

Fats also help to keep donkeys’ skin healthy. They aid in the preservation of body heat during cold weather.

Almonds are one of the healthiest fat sources to serve to your donkey. 

Rich in Vitamin E

If you’re looking for a meal rich in Vitamin E, almond butter is the way to go. It is well-known for its high vitamin E content.

When compared to peanut butter, it contains much more vitamin E.

Vitamin E protects your donkey’s cells from free radicals. It also strengthens their immune system, keeping your donkey younger and healthier.

Things To Watch Out For Before Feeding Them Almond?

It is safe to feed donkeys almonds, however, there are a few things to keep in mind before feeding them.

Feeding them too many Almonds 

Donkeys should not be fed too many almonds. Consuming too much almond can be toxic to donkeys.

Almond butter should also be fed sparingly to donkeys. 

Moldy almonds

Almonds can become rancid, moldy, or dry out and change color. If any of the mentioned is present, it’s advisable to throw them away.

Cold storage is the best option for long-term storage. Moldy nuts are more dangerous because they harbor the fungus aspergillus fumigatus.

This fungus causes damaging inflammation in the airway and nasal passages, causing blood to flow from only one nostril.

Clean water 

Your donkeys should have easy access to freshwater. Treating your donkeys with frozen water is a great idea. However, this should be done occasionally.

Also, avoid giving old or sick donkeys cold water. 

Clean water should be made available to donkeys. Feeding them algae-infested water is not a good idea. 

Treated almonds

Animals are known to be harmed by pesticides and herbicides.

Pesticides can disrupt the endocrine system, cause reproductive problems, birth defects, and damage to their kidneys and liver.

This can lead to death. This is why it is advisable to thoroughly wash almonds before serving to your donkeys. 

How Can I Feed Almond To My Donkeys?

Almonds can be served to your donkeys in a variety of ways. Of course, nobody likes boring treats, not even your adorable donkeys. 

This is why I have compiled some simple recipes you can try out. 

Roasted Almonds


  • 2 cups of whole almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  • Combine almonds, cinnamon, salt, and olive oil in a large mixing bowl.
  • Toss to thoroughly coat all almonds. Spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • Roast for 1 hour, then remove from oven and serve right away or store in an airtight container.

Almond cookies 


  • 3/4 cups almond flour
  • Half cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roll the mixture into a ball after combining all of the ingredients.
  • Roll it out into a 1/4-inch thick slab and cut out the biscuits with a cookie cutter.
  • Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet that has been lightly greased.
  • Cook for 18-22 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm. Allow to cool before serving to your donkeys.


Almonds are high in important nutrients that are beneficial to the health of donkeys.

It contains magnesium, vitamin E, and other trace nutrients that benefit your donkey’s immune system. 

The hulls of almonds are also great for donkeys. They are high in fiber, which helps donkeys maintain a healthy digestive system.

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Kloee Ngozi

Kloee is a backyard farmer and avid gardener who enjoys tending to her garden and plants. She is so engrossed with her plants that she has pet names for all of them. She likes to relax with a bottle of wine and read a book.


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