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Grain-Free Black Bean Dog Cookies (Recipe)

The black beans make these treats look like chocolate cookies — except they’re definitely dog-friendly.

Grain-Free Black Bean Dog Cookies
These grain-free black bean dog cookies won Banjo over. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful

While looking for grain-free dog treat recipes, I spotted this one that calls for black beans.

I’ve never tried giving Banjo biscuits with beans and happened to have a spare can of black beans in the pantry, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

If your dog has itchy skin or grain-related allergies, these cookies are a healthy alternative to commercially made dog biscuits.

Banana, egg, black beans, almond butter — that’s all you need.

Grain-Free Black Bean Dog Cookies


  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed well (from a 15 oz. can, low sodium)
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ very ripe banana
  • 1 egg
Process until smooth, then refrigerate the batter for at least 1 hour.


  1. In a food processor, blend the beans until they create a paste.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate the batter for at least 1 hour.
  4. Heat your oven to 350 F.
  5. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto a nonstick cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Using the back of a fork, flatten the cookies.
  8. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  9. Flip the cookies over and bake for 20 more minutes.
This recipe makes about 2 dozen biscuits. Feed just 1 or 2 per day, though.

The black beans make these treats look like chocolate cookies, except they’re definitely dog-friendly.

Banjo was unimpressed with how long she had to wait while I tried to snap a couple photos of the finished cookies, but it was worth the wait. She was won over by these grain-free biscuits.

Adapted from: SkinnyMs.

vet-cross60pThis pet treat recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, and is safe for dogs in moderation, but is not a substitute for a complete balanced diet. This recipe was last reviewed and updated Feb. 26, 2019. Dr. Morgan comments: “I always recommend using almond butter instead of peanut butter. Peanut butter has a higher risk of containing xylitol, and peanuts may be affected by molds and aflatoxins.” Dr. Morgan operates 2 award-winning veterinary hospitals in New Jersey that offer an integrative approach to pet care. With a passion for healing her patients with whole foods, she has written several books on holistic pet care — including Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs, a holistic cookbook for pets.