Us, pet parents, are always looking for new delicious and healthy treats we can make for our dogs, since we all imagine how boring it can be to eat nothing by kibbles. Some of the most common ingredients are peanut butter, cheese and fruits such as strawberries, but can we add bananas to that list? Can dogs eat bananas? Or is it dangerous for them? Let’s find out.
Can dogs eat bananas?
Yes! They absolutely can. And not only because they are a delicious treat, but also because they have a wide range of health benefits:
- High in potassium, a vital mineral for dogs’ health since it aids in the functioning of electrical charges in the heart, nerves, and muscles.
- Excellent source of vitamin B6, which plays a major role in making proteins, hormones, and neurotransmitters, and vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant.
- High in fiber, which improves the dog’s digestive system and can help them if they are having gastrointestinal problems.
- Contains a high amount of magnesium, which promotes healthy bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins.
How many bananas can dogs eat?
Anything in excess is bad, and bananas are not the exception. Although they can be a delicious and healthy treat for your pup, this is the case only in moderation. Because bananas have a high content of sugar, you should feed them to your dog occasionally.
As a general rule, bigger dogs should only eat half a banana a day, not even a whole one, and smaller ones can only eat two to three small banana pieces a day.
Can dogs eat banana peels?
Bananas are a yes, but banana peels are definitely a no. They are not exactly toxic, but your pup will have a hard time trying to digest them since they have a high amount of fiber, and they may lead to a blockage.
If your dog accidentally eats a small piece of a banana peel, don’t worry. But this must not occur on a daily basis.
Can dogs eat banana chips?
Banana chips are yet another delicious way for us humans to enjoy this fruit, but can dogs eat them too? Yes they can!
But, there are some things to keep in mind. Most commercially sold banana chips contain a high amount of artificial sweeteners and added preservatives, which can be harmful to your dog’s health.
The best thing to do is to dehydrate them yourself or look for the most natural banana chips on the market (remember to check it doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners or added preservatives).
How can you feed bananas to your dog? Easy DIY banana treats
Peanut butter and banana treats:
- Mix grounded oats, 1 egg, 1 banana, a tbsp. of peanut butter, and add one spoon of Adaptogens and Mushrooms for dogs for extra health benefits, blend it all together with a blender until the dough is uniform.
- Put the dough over a floured countertop to avoid stickiness and cut them into your favorite shape (paws or bones are adorable ones).
- Bake treats at 350F for 15 minutes. When the time has passed, turn off the oven and leave the treats inside for a couple of hours if you want them to be hard and crunchy.
If you’re going for a softer texture, remove them after the 15 minutes.
- Store them in an airtight container Frozen banana treats:
- Put some peanut butter, yogurt and sliced bananas on a blender, and mix them all together until smooth.
- Pour the mix into a mold you can freeze.
- Place one multivitamin chew inside each mold, this way you will add a more delicious flavor to the treat, and definitely more health benefits.
- Leave them in the freezer for about three hours.
- You can give one a day to your pup. Meanwhile, store them in the freezer so they don’t melt.
Dog-friendly banana chips:
- Preheat the oven to 250F.
- Mix four parts water with one part of lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Place thin slices of banana on a baking sheet and brush them with the lemon-water mixture.
- Bake them for 2 hours or until crispy.
Honey and banana treats:
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Mix 2 cups of water, 2 mashed bananas, 2 tbsp. of honey and 1 egg.
- Add 4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, and ½ spoon of Adaptogens and super-herbs for dogs for extra health benefits.
- Mix all the ingredients together until you have a homogeneous dough.
- Put the dough on a floured surface and knead until it’s no longer sticky.
- Cut the dough with your favorite cutter (paws and bones make wonderful cookies).
- Place the raw cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
- When the time has passed, turn off the oven and leave the treats on the baking sheet
until they look crispy.