Do you want to give your dog something healthy but delicious? Well, here’s a recipe for you!
If you love dogs, then you know how hard it is to find foods that are both healthy and tasty. This recipe uses bananas ( surprise, surprise) plus lemon and honey to make them chewy and create a treat that your dog will love!
In this blog post I’m going to show you how to make dried banana chews for your dog with either a dehydrator like mine ( you can buy one here) or your normal oven.
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Feeding bananas to dogs
Bananas are healthy treats for dogs as well as humans. These fruits contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure, and magnesium helps maintain muscle strength and bone health. Fruits also help prevent constipation, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.
Potassium is essential for muscles and nerves, magnesium supports bones and teeth, and bananas help dogs’ immune systems.
However bananas are full of sugars and the riper they are, the more sugar they contain.
Fructose is the main sugar in bananas, accounting for about 60% of total carbohydrates. The other 40% are glucose.
Glucose is a simple carbohydrate made from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. It’s found naturally in many foods, including fruit, milk, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and corn. Glucose is the primary source of energy for most cells in the body.
The fructose in bananas is broken down into glucose by enzymes in the small intestine.
But don’t let the sugar discourage you from allowing your canine friend to enjoy this delicious treat. Just don’t feed your dog too many of these chews; especially if they already have weight issues.
How to dehydrate bananas for your dog
Depending on what kind of treats you want to give your dog, there are different methods you could use. For example, you could take a banana and then either cut it into thin disk slices to make chips or make them into chews by cutting the banana lengthwise which is what Dolly prefers.
You can use a dehydrator if you have one – I set mine to 70 degrees and it takes about 5 hours in total. Or in this recipe I have shown how to make them with a conventional oven.
These recipes are ideal for those green bananas that you sometimes get that never ripen properly! if your bananas are overripe, try this recipe instead for two ingredient Banana and Oat biscuits.
This recipe is meant to be a special treat for your dog and should not take the place of their regular food. Treats should not account for more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories. To adjust the treat quantity and size, simply change the amounts in the recipe in proportion to suit your size of your dog. Before adding new foods to your dogs’ diet, contact your veterinarian for advice.
Oven Baked Dried Banana Chips Recipe
You can make dried banana chips with this simple recipe that will be sure to please your pup! Just don’t feed too many because the sugar content can cause weight gain if you’re not careful.
Make some dried banana treats today by following this easy recipe!
Dried Banana Chip Dog TreatsYum
- 2 whole Banana Ripe work best
- 1 juice Lemon
- If your bananas are very ripe then pop them in the fridge to chill for 30 mins before slicing.
- Preheat your oven on its lowest setting ( usually about 80 degrees C / 176 degrees F).
- Peel the bananas and using the knife cut into slices about 5mm thick.2 whole Banana
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon and brush over the slices on both sides.1 juice Lemon
- Put your silicone baking mat with the pyramid side up on your baking sheet tray ( or parchment paper if using).
- Place the banana slices on the mat/paper so they are not overlapping.
- Put the tray in the oven for 2 hours. Check and if not crispy, pop back in for another 1/2 hour and check again.
- Once done, remove from oven and allow to cool
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks
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Oven Dried Banana Dental Chews Recipe
Dogs love to chew, and bananas are a great way to satisfy that need. With this simple recipe you can make dried banana chews for your dog with just two ingredients!
Bananas are a healthy treat for dogs because they contain potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Bananas also help keep teeth clean by scraping plaque off the surface. Plus they taste delicious!
You’ll be able to make these chews at home without any special equipment or skills. All you need is some parchment paper and an oven set on its lowest temperature setting (usually around 100 degrees C).
Oven Dried Banana Dental Chews for DogsYum
- 2 whole Banana not overripe
- 1 juice Lemon
- Preheat your oven on its lowest setting ( usually 80 degrees C / 175 degrees F).
- Peel the bananas and discard the skin.
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon and brush over the bananas.1 juice Lemon
- Put the silicone baking mat in your baking sheet tray with the pyramid side up.
- Spread out the banana slices on the tray.
- Put in the oven for 1 hour.
- Test the slices. They should be spongy but not crispy. If they are still soft, leave them in the oven for another 1/2 hour and test again.
- Once done, remove and allow to cool.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks
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Bananas are a great treat for dogs. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are also packed with nutrients and vitamins. Here I am sharing my simple dehydrated banana dog treats recipe. This recipe is easy to make and requires no cooking skills.
This recipe uses bananas that are already peeled and cut into pieces. To make sure your dog gets all the benefits from this recipe, you should choose bananas that are ripening but not overripe.
These treats are very easy to make and require no cooking skills. However, if you don’t have access to a dehydrator, you can simply dry the bananas by placing them in a warm oven after you’ve finished cooking your meal for about 2 hours. Once the time is over, remove the tray from the oven and allow the bananas to cool down completely before serving.
You can serve these treats to your dog straight away or you can store them in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.
Other ways to add banana to your dog’s diet
- Mash it and mix it into their normal food
- Mashed banana is a great filling to put into a Kong or other stuffable
- Puree the banana and make it into dog ice cream with this recipe
- Mix it with oats and make these fabulous Banana Biscuits
Bananas and Dogs – Your questions answered
Do you feed your dog bananas? There are several reasons why you should feed your dog bananas. First of all, bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and fiber. These fruits are also high in calories, making them perfect for your dog. Here I am going to answer your questions about these nutritious fruits.
Are banana skin peels toxic to dogs?
The banana peel is not poisonous to dogs if eaten in limited quantities. However, they are difficult to chew and digest and there could be a risk of diarrhea or vomiting which could lead to an upset stomach or intestinal blockage.
If you think your dog has consumed a banana peel, keep an eye on their bowel movements for a few days and look for indications of gagging or choking. If they don’t vomit or pass the banana peel, take them to the veterinarian. If your dog has eaten many banana peels, see a veterinarian right away.
Are dried bananas safe dog snacks?
Dried bananas (banana chips) are a convenient energy boost when your pooch needs a quick energy snack. However, even though they are safe for your furry pal, most commercially available banana chips contain high sugar levels and added preservatives.
Are dried bananas safe dog snacks?
When your dog is running low on energy, dried bananas ( banana chips ) provide a fast energy boost. Even though they are safe for your pet, most commercially available banana chips contain high sugar levels and extra preservatives so it’s best to make your own with this recipe.
Can dogs eat bananas without getting sick
Bananas can be given to dogs as a healthy and natural treat. Bananas contain the same nutrients as many fruits and vegetables and contain high levels of antioxidants that can boost your dog’s immune system, improve his skin and coat condition, increase energy levels, speed healing after injury or illness, maintain healthy digestion managed weight if he is overweight or too thin.
Other food you can dehydrate to make dog treats
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