Are you looking to spoil your favorite dog with a delicious treat? Look no further than these Iron-Infused Liver Brownies! Trust me, your dog will absolutely love these.

Packed with nutrients, these homemade liver bites are the perfect way to show your pet some love.

Most dogs shouldn’t need iron supplementation, but a little extra iron from liver treats won’t hurt them. (And if we are giving them treats anyway, why not load it up with nutrients? Imagine if human brownies had vitamins hidden in them!?) 

So, know someone is going to ask: do these stink up the house? The answer is – kind of. If you are sensitive to the smell of meat, I would say yes. But to me, it just smells like I am baking a badly seasoned mystery meatloaf – kind of like the way the hallway used to smell outside the cafeteria in middle school.

A white plate covered in square liver brownies for dogs.
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Tools You Will Need

I would recommend using a food processor for this recipe, as well as a rubber spatula, a 9×13-inch baking dish, parchment paper, and a baking sheet.

A pan with parchment paper on it covered in cut up liver brownie treats for dogs.

Liver Brownie Ingredients

This is just a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for these liver brownies. As always, specific measurements and complete cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Oats
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Coconut Oil, Flax Oil, or Peanut Butter – If you use coconut oil make sure that it is melted.
  • Liver – You can use chicken liver, beef liver, or even wild game – I used duck and turkey livers for this recipe that my husband had hunted!
  • Eggs
  • Optional – Turmeric

Iron toxicity in dogs will not happen from them eating these – dogs would need to eat iron in the quantity of vitamins for that to happen, so don’t worry! But if your dog does have health issues, be sure to run any new foods by your vet!

The ingredients in liver brownies, laid out and labeled - oats, wheat flour, organ meats, coconut oil, and eggs.

How to Make Homemade Liver Treats

Preheat your oven to 325°F and line a baking dish with parchment paper.

Begin by preparing your livers. Most of the time, they can just be removed from the package. For wild game livers, make sure they are cleaned of debris and checked for remnants of shot.

Next, add the oats to a food processor and let it run until it is ground up into a flour-like consistency. Dump the ground-up oats in a bowl off to the side. (Pictures 1-2)

Add the livers, eggs, and oil to the food processor, and puree it all up until it makes a pinkish soupy goop. Hold onto the lid, nice and tight, because it might shake a little. (Pictures 3-4)

Add the wheat flour, oat flour, and turmeric, then mix it all together. (Picture 5) It WILL splatter on the inside of the food processor since you can’t start at a lower speed – I recommend using a rubber spatula to wipe it down the sides and get the mixture out of the nooks and crannies.

A collage of images showing how to bake liver brownies, steps 1-5.

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Once everything is mixed up, spoon or pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer. (Picture 6-8) You can use a square or rectangular dish – the size you use will determine the thickness of the treats. (I like to use a rectangular 9×13-inch dish to make thinner treats. If you use an 8×8-inch square dish, you may need to bake the treats longer.)

I like to clip the sides of the parchment to the dish while I work so it doesn’t fold back in on me.

A collage of images showing how to make liver brownies, steps 6-10.

Bake at 325°F for 35-40 minutes, then remove from the oven. (Pictures 9-10) Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes (they aren’t done yet) – then lift the whole loaf of brownie out of the dish by the sides of the parchment and place it on a cutting board. (Pictured below)

A collage of images showing how to cut up liver brownies.

On top of the cutting board, cut the treats into little brownie bites based on the size of your dog (keeping them on the parchment) – then lift the parchment onto a baking sheet and pop it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes to get nice and crunchy.

Cut liver treats on parchment paper baking in the oven.

Remove the treats from the oven and let the brownies cool.

Serve to your favorite pup – our dog Melly is obsessed with these, so I’m going to assume they are yummy! (For dogs – I don’t think these are yummy for people, but if you taste them, please let me know.)

A baking sheet with parchment paper on it showing baked liver brownies for dogs.

Variations

  • To make training treats, just cut them into little pieces. 
  • To make soft treats, do not cut the treats and bake for a second time, only bake them once for about 40 minutes. These must be kept in the fridge or freezer, as they won’t be as dry and can grow mold quickly. (It is a meat brownie after all.)

Substitutions

  • Don’t have enough liver? Use other organs! I added a few duck hearts to this batch from a bag of organs that we had in the freezer from the past duck season. You can also use kidneys or gizzards – any other offal (heart, liver, kidney, and tongue) that you have sitting around. 
  • Meet your pet’s dietary restrictions. If your dog is allergic to chicken, use beef – or vice versa. 
A man in camouflage holding two ducks and a black dog sniffing them.

Storage

I recommend storing most of the treats in the freezer until you are ready to use them since these are natural dog treats and they don’t have any preservatives in them.

I keep a few days worth at a time in a mason jar or airtight container and store those in the refrigerator.

A pan with parchment paper on it covered in square liver brownie treats for dogs.

Can Cats Eat These Treats?

If you’re wondering if cats can eat these, I was wondering the same thing – and I assumed someone was going to ask me – so I checked with a few professionals. The answer was yes but in moderation.

All of the ingredients are safe for cats to consume in small quantities, though be sure to cut the treats into smaller pieces.

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Liver Brownies for Dogs (A Tasty Dog Treat Recipe)

5 from 1 vote
This delicious Liver Brownie Recipe is the perfect dog treat. Made with nutrient-rich organ meat, these baked liver treats are perfect training treats for dogs.
Author: Kari
Servings: 60 treats
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ pound liver beef, chicken, duck, venison – whatever you have
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F and line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Begin by preparing your livers. Most of the time, they can just be removed from the package. For wild game livers, make sure they are cleaned of debris.
  • Next, add the oats to a food processor and let it run until it is ground up into a flour-like consistency. Dump the ground-up oats in a bowl off to the side.
    1 cup oats
  • Add the livers, eggs, and oil to the food processor, and puree it all up until it makes a pinkish soupy goop. Hold onto the lid, nice and tight, because it might shake a little.
    ½ pound liver, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 eggs
  • Add the wheat flour, oat flour, and turmeric, then mix it all together. It WILL splatter on the inside of the food processor since you can't start at a low speed – I recommend using a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides.
    1 wheat flour, 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 cup oats
  • Once everything is mixed up, spoon or pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it into an even layer.
  • Bake at 325°F for 35-40 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  • Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes (they aren't done yet) – then lift the whole loaf of brownie out of the dish by the sides of the parchment and place it on a cutting board.
  • On top of the cutting board, cut the treats into little brownie bites based on the size of your dog (keeping them on the parchment) – then lift the parchment onto a baking sheet and pop it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes to get nice and crunchy.
  • Remove the treats from the oven and let the brownies cool.
  • Serve to your favorite dogs!

Notes

This makes about 60 treats at the size I cut them. You might end up with more or less depending on how big you cut them.
I like to use a rectangular 9×13-inch dish to make thinner treats. If you use an 8×8-inch square dish, you may need to bake the treats longer.

How to Store Them

I recommend storing most of the treats in the freezer until you are ready to use them since these are natural dog treats and they don’t have any preservatives in them.
I keep a few days worth at a time in a mason jar or airtight container and store those in the refrigerator.

Special Equipment Needeed

Nutrition

Serving: 1treatCalories: 14kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 5mgPotassium: 20mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.02gVitamin A: 647IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Dog Treats
Cuisine: Dog Treats
Keyword: liver brownies for dogs, liver treats
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Hi, I'm Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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