Banana Dog Treat Recipe
With Oats and Chia Seeds
The main ingredients in this recipe include bananas, oats, and chia seeds. This treat is rich in protein and other nutrients. It is also very tasty and can be enjoyed not only by your poochie but by yourself as well!
This dog treat recipe is low in fat, high in vitamin B6, protein and dietary fiber, and trace minerals (e.g. manganese, potassium, calcium).
My dog loves these treats and so do I. Yes - these are so good and nutritious that I share them with my dog - or should I say, my dog lets me have a couple once in a while!
Health Benefits of Ingredients
- Bananas: Bananas are high in fiber, vitamins B6 and C, as well as minerals such as manganese, potassium, and copper. Although they taste sweet, they are low in their glycemic index (GI) value, which means they have a low impact on the blood sugar level. One reason is the high fiber level in bananas. Fiber helps regulate digestion speed, and by doing so, also helps regulate the speed of carb-to-sugar conversion.
Bananas also contain high levels of FOS (fructooligosaccharides). These are carbohydrates that are not broken down by digestive enzymes. Instead they move all the way to the colon where they are metabolized by the gut bacteria. This process helps to maintain a healthy level of the gut flora, and promotes digestive health.
- Chia: Chia seeds are hailed as one of the world’s healthiest foods. They are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), protein, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals (e.g. calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc).
Recipe: Banana Dog Treat with Oats & Chia Seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons organic chia seeds
- 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup dried organic cranberries
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter, unsweetened
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Soak chia seeds in the almond milk for about 10 minutes, or until they become a gel-like mixture.
- Pour the gel into a mixing bowl, add the mashed bananas, oats, coconut, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Fold in the cranberries. The dough will be a bit gooey.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the dough (about 1 tablespoon-size) and drop it on to the cookie sheet. Press it down.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Take the baking sheet out and flip the cookies over.
- Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Let cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.
- If you have carob chips, you can also add 1/4 cup carob chips for added flavor and nutrients.
- The treats are not hard and dry - they are a bit on the soft and gooey side, so it is better to store them in the fridge.
- Instead of peanut butter, almond butter can also be used.