Banana Treats For Dogs

Easy Homemade Banana Chips

Banana Chips for Dogs Bananas are sweet and tasty for dogs, and they are loaded with lots of nutrients.

They are rich in minerals (e.g. manganese, potassium, copper), as well as fiber and vitamin B6.

Although they are sweet, bananas have low glycemic index (GI) value due to their high fiber content. The fiber helps regulate digestion speed so that carbohydrates are not quickly converted into simple sugars. As such, the release of simple sugars into the blood is also well-regulated.

Bananas are also rich in fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are carbohydrates that are typically not broken down by enzymes in the digestive tract. Therefore, these FOS go all the way to the colon where they are digested and metabolized by the gut bacteria. This process is important in maintaining a healthy balance of the gut flora and supporting a healthy digestive system.

In addition, the potassium in the bananas helps maintain cardiovascular health.

With so many goodies packed in bananas, banana treats for dogs are healthy additions to their diets. And what's more simple in making banana treats than baking chips out of bananas? I found a pet food store online that sells banana chips for dogs at an exorbitant price, but we can make them at home at next to nothing!

Recipe: Banana Treats For Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Cinnamon powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 330°F (170°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave.
  3. Cut the bananas into 1/4" slices.
  4. Line the banana slices on the baking sheet.
  5. Brush the banana slices with coconut oil.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon powder on the slices.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Flip the slices over (be careful not to tear them).
  9. Brush with coconut oil and sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon powder.
  10. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the slices are turning brown and crispy.
  11. Let cool and enjoy!

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • The banana chips will not be as crispy as the store-bought ones, but instead they will be crispy around the edge and a bit chewy in the center.
  • If you want really crispy chips, you need to bake the banana slices at a lower temperature for over 2 hours (that's 14 dog hours!) Honestly, we dogs can't wait that long!
  • Instead of cinnamon powder, try using turmeric powder or carob powder.

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