Chickpeas for pooches

Gin Lee
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Chickpeas for pooches

I'm not that crazy about the flavor or texture of chickpeas, but my pooch sure loves them mixed in with her dog food. I also make her homemade chickpea dog chow and treats that she truly enjoys and begs for. Today, I will be going over why chickpeas are healthy to cook for your pooch and how to cook them simply for your loyal companion.

When dried chickpeas are cooked plain, with no additives, such as salt, chickpeas are highly nutritious for dogs to eat.

Chickpeas are quite often used in several natural brands of commercial pet food, such as Taste of the Wild, Boss Dog, Paw Tree, Nulo Freestyle, Nutro Limited Ingredient, Nutro Max, Halo Holistic, Rachel Ray, Dogswell, Zignature, Grandma Lucy's, Canidae Grain Free Pure, Tiki, and so many more.
Nutritional content of chickpeas/Gin Lee

One cup of chickpeas has 14.5 grams of protein, 12.5 grams of fiber, and 45 grams of carbohydrates. They also contain calcium, magnesium, folate, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C. Feeding your dog chickpeas can also be beneficial to their digestion.

Cooking chickpeas in a crock-pot
Rinsing the chickpeas/Gin Lee


  • 1-16-ounce bag of chickpeas
  • 8 cups of cold water


Rinse the dried chickpeas well with fresh water. Pick out any chickpeas that look bad. Transfer the chickpeas to the crock-pot; add 8 cups of cold water. Make sure that the water covers the chickpeas about three inches to the top.

Cover and cook the chickpeas on high for four hours or slow cook them on low for six to eight hours. The chickpeas will be softened when they're done. Allow them to stay in the juice for at least half an hour before taking them up.

Stovetop instructions:

Follow the same instructions as above, but place the chickpeas in a large pan over high heat. Bring the water to a rapid boil; then lower the heat and simmer, covered. Cook the chickpeas for about one and a half hours, or until they're softened.

You can serve chickpeas either whole or mashed, mixed in with commercial dog chow or in homemade dog chow and homemade dog treats.


In the event that you're interested in making homemade dog food and dog treats, I'll be covering how I use chickpeas to make healthy homemade dog chow and homemade dog treats soon.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gin Lee is a native of Arkansas. She studied at The Institute Of Children's Literature. She is an animal rescuer, food critic, organic gardener, food editor, home cook, food blogger, artist, and a complete do-it-yourselfer. Gin Lee is a published author, journalist, and contributor, among other works, and she resides in a rural town, in Arkansas, with her husband, their fur babies, Highway, Princess, Stinkpot the turtle. A huge thanks goes out to all for reading, following, and sharing Gin Lee's articles! Thank you! Since Gin Lee lives in a rural area, there's not much local news to cover. So, she covers articles of interest on how-to's about organic gardening, recipes, homesteading, and survival techniques. If those things are of interest to you, then you'll never (hopefully) be disappointed. She tries to cover a wide variety of articles to entertain everyone. Comments are turned off due to rudeness and hatefulness. The world has enough vulgarity, hatefulness, and arrogance without it having any help. Since having the simple courtesy of manners is lacking and sharing words of kindness does not abide in a few people. Those few people ruin what's supposed to be educational and an enjoyable experience for all others. Gin Lee does have children and young adults that are followers. Potty mouths, vulgarity, and hate are not acceptable. Apologies go out to those of you who generally are very sweet and also to Gin Lee's followers who have been a witness to others being rude and malicious. Hopefully, you'll be understanding of the measures that have to be put into place. Please be kind to one another.

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