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Can Dogs Eat Black Beans? Nutrition Facts & Safety Guide

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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They may be a staple for your household, but can black beans be fed to your dog, too? Absolutely! Full of iron and packed with vitamins and minerals, black beans are the perfect plant-based snack for dogs of all kinds.

Black beans are easy to prepare, which makes them a good choice for dog owners who don’t have a lot of free time yet want to make sure that their furry family members are well cared for. If you’ve never fed your dog black beans before, it’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian first. As long as your dog is healthy, your vet should give you the green light.

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Why Are Black Beans Good for Dogs?

Black beans are high in protein yet low in fat, so they will keep blood sugar levels normal and make it easier for your dog to burn fat when they exercise. They also feature essential nutrients such as thiamine, which dogs need to stay healthy, no matter their age.

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When fully cooked, beans are easy for dogs to digest – and the extra fiber the beans provide will help to ensure regular bowel movements. As a good source of vitamin C, black beans can also help keep your dog’s immune system healthy as they age. 

Dogs don’t need to eat many black beans in order to gain their nutritional benefits, so you don’t have to worry about having to prepare pounds of them at a time. Just a tablespoon of cooked black beans as a snack will complement a healthy diet and enhance your dog’s quality of life overall.

Ways to Feed Your Dog Black Beans

The most important thing to remember when preparing black beans for your dog is that they need to be fully cooked or they won’t be digestible. If your dog can’t digest their black beans, they won’t gain any of the health benefits that are possible.

Use canned beans that are already cooked or make sure you test the beans you cooked yourself at home. They should easily mush between your fingers when they are ready to serve. Here are a few fun ways you can serve black beans to your pooch:

  • Crunchy Bean Snacks – Blend a cup of black beans and a half cup of water together until the beans break down and the mixture turns into a smooth paste. Transfer the paste to a bowl, then add a half cup of whole wheat flour and thoroughly mix the concoction together until it turns into dough.

Roll about a tablespoon of the dough mixture between the palms of your hands to create a small ball and then set the ball on a baking sheet. Continue this process until all the dough is used up.

Then bake the snacks in your oven at 350 degrees for about 6-8 minutes or until they start to get crispy. Once cooked, let the balls cool then store them in a dry container where they will be easily accessible when it’s snack time for your dog. 

  • Black Bean Brownies – Use a fork to roughly mash some black beans and about a teaspoon of cornstarch together. Once a clumpy “batter” is created, form the ingredients into the shape of a brownie and watch your dog devour it.
  • A Mealtime Upgrade – Add a tablespoon of whole black beans to your dog’s food at mealtime and carefully mix them in so they don’t get mushy. Your dog should enjoy hunting for them as they eat their regular food.

You can always just feed your dog some of your family’s bean leftovers at snack time if they aren’t spicy.

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Pairing Options to Consider

Black beans aren’t the only type of “people” food that are also healthy for dogs. So, to make sure that your dog is getting all the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber that they need in their diet, consider pairing black beans with other snack options occasionally.

For instance, carrots are an excellent food for dogs because they are full of antioxidants that support the immune system, and they’re packed with vitamin A which is needed for proper bone growth and healthy reproduction. Consider shredding a carrot and tossing the shreds with a spoonful of black beans during snack time.

Apples will help clean your dog’s teeth, so slice one up and spread some bean paste on each slice for a quick and healthy snack. Peanut butter is full of protein and healthy fats, and most dogs can’t resist it. Try combining a tablespoon each of peanut butter and black beans then adding it to your dog’s meal. Or fry some eggs up with a few black beans to create a protein-boosting breakfast you can share with your pup.

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Have you already tried feeding black beans to your dog, or is this a new experience for you both? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to let us know how your dog reacts to their black bean treats in the comments below.

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Nicole is the proud mom of Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway, and Baby, a Burmese cat. Originally from Canada, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. Nicole has a strong love for all animals and has experience caring for all types of dogs, from Yorkies to Great Danes. Nicole even worked as a dog sitter during her travels through South America and cared for stray pups — something she ...Read more

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