Are slices of bananas safe treats for my dog?
Bananas are cold, mushy and sweet and a lot of dogs go out of their mind for them. They’re also safe and healthy, a good source of fiber, vitamins C and B6, and minerals like potassium and manganese. The bad news is they can be a little fattening and are somewhat high in sugar, so be sure to exercise moderation.
.If your dog loves bananas, you should definitely consider making her a batch of banana treats. Just to see her excitement—and the total look of joy on her face when she eats them—will make it well worth any effort!
These treats are easy to make, store well, and don’t require a lot of those special (and expensive) ingredients that can often be hard to find.
Peanut Butter, Banana Dog Cookies
• 1 egg
• 1/3 cup peanut butter
• 1/2 cup mashed banana
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup wheat germ
• 1 egg white
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Combine egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Stir in the flour and wheat germ; mix well. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter, place on prepared baking sheet, and brush tops with egg white.
Bake biscuits in preheated oven until dried and golden brown, about 30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
NOTE: Whole Food Market suggests adding parsley (up to ½ cup) to freshen breath. Parsley is also a strong antioxidant.
Applesauce Oat and Banana Cookies
• In large mixing bowl and add one and a half cups of banana, half a teaspoon vanilla, three cups of oats and a quarter of a cup of applesauce. Combine with a hand mixer. Take out a baking sheet and drop the mixture on the sheet in spoonfuls. Leave an inch in between each spoonful. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
NOTE: Some experiment by substituting brown rice for oats or wheat flour.