Looking for a fun dog treat recipe that utilizes healthy green beans? Our Chicken Liver and Green Bean Dog Treats are easy to make and filled with both the nutritional goodness of both these foods.
If your pooch is weight-challenged, you might want to ration him to one of these goodies a day–or make them in a smaller size. Remember: no more than 10 percent of your dog’s total diet should come from treats!
I made these treats for our annual Easter egg hunt in our front yard for the dogs, including a few boiled eggs and some special dog treats for the occasion (substituting as their breakfast on Sunday morning.)
Are Green Beans Good for Dogs?
Green beans are a healthy and beneficial addition to a dog’s diet because they are rich in essential vitamins and minerals that can contribute to overall health. Here are some of the key vitamins and nutrients found in green beans:
- Vitamin K: Supports bone health and proper blood clotting.
- Vitamin C: Boosts the immune system and promotes healthy skin and coat.
- Vitamin A: Important for maintaining good vision and immune function.
- Folate (Vitamin B9): Aids in DNA synthesis and repair, fostering healthy growth and development.
- Fiber: Not a vitamin, but it helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system and can aid in weight management due to its filling nature.
- Manganese: An essential mineral that aids in bone formation, blood clotting, and reducing inflammation.
- Iron: Helps in the formation of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen in the blood.
- Calcium: Essential for bone and teeth formation, muscle function, and nerve signaling.
- Magnesium: Supports muscle and nerve function, bone health, and energy production.
- Potassium: Important for heart health, muscle function, and maintaining a balance of fluids in the body.
When feeding your dog green beans, make sure they are plain and free from any additives, spices, or seasonings. Moreover, introducing any new food to your dog’s diet should be done gradually to monitor for any potential adverse reactions or allergies. Always consult with a veterinarian if you have questions about your dog’s diet.
How to Make Chicken and Green Bean Dog Treats
Years ago I created this easy recipe because of Irie and Tiki’s love of chicken livers (and I have always loved the price!)
It makes a LOT of treats; if you just have one dog or have small dogs, you might want to halve the recipe.
I have used one pound of chicken livers since it is sold in a one-pound tub at my supermarket (and it has a very short life in your refrigerator) but you could use half a pound for this recipe and half for another chicken liver recipe!
Printable Green Bean and Liver Dog Treat Recipe
- 5 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 pound chicken livers
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) green beans, no salt added, drained
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and either grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.
In a food processor or blender, puree chicken livers then add green beans. Pulse until pureed with only small chunks remaining.
In a large bowl, mix flours and egg then pour in chicken liver and green bean mixture.
Mix dough (by hand or with a dough hook). The dough will be heavy.
Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness then cut with your favorite cookie cutters. (Alternatively, pinch off a small piece of dough, roll it into a ball, place on cookie sheet, and slightly flatten with a fork.)
Bake treats for about 30 minutes; watch for treats to brown on the bottom.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before refrigerating or serving.