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Old 01-19-2010, 02:56 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I just tried the banana chips and mine ate them, but not with that I am going to die if I can`t have one. They prefer the fresh bananas--which is not all that easy to use for training.
They like popcorn for something different.
On a side note I ended up eating quite a few on the way home.
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Vivienne, you might check New Seasons - they'd likely have a more "natural" version without sugar. Trader Joe's also has a lot of dried fruit but you have to look carefully to see if there are sulfites or sugar - some of theirs do, some don't.

How much are dehydrators? My friends have one and made awesome peach snacks with it! Mmmmm.....
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Any input on using banana for dogs? Any good? Bad? Something else?.
As far as i know bananas are good for dogs,specially if they do agility or other work.
My Kaiser is crazy for bananas and has one every day but i would think twice giving him dried banana slices cos they most probably contain other stuff in them..
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I'm going to weigh in on this, just because I used to manage a couple of health food stores, and I bought various types of dried banana chips.

Dehydrated banana tends to not be crisp, but rather, more like dried apple slices or dates - kind of dense and soft and chewy - though they often aren't dry enough to handle like a chip or piece of jerky. If you put them in a blender with some plain cooked oatmeal or cooked rice, and spread it out on the dehydrator sheets or cookie sheets, and made like a banana leather, it might work.

On the other hand, the banana chips are those nice crisp treats - you can get them unsweetened (which isn't much of a treat for many of us, but is nice for diabetics, folks on diets, etc), sweetened with honey (which can be OK if very small amount, not too sticky), or sugar (sometimes regular cane sugar, or turbinado, or whatever) I don't know if anyone has started using stevia to sweeten any. But for the dogs, the plain, unsweetened ones would be fine, because their whole taste process is different. Just don't kid yourself that any oil used to cook them will be "good" for you, because when you boil/fry oil, its beneficial attributes are mostly destroyed. But at least it's better than garbage oils like palm kernel, coconut and corn.

Just remember that dried fruits are MUCH more concentrated than fresh, so that while a medium-size fresh banana is about 100 calories (just for comparison's sake, a handful of dried banana chips (about 2/3 cup) is around 230 calories. What that means is that about 1/3 cup of chips equals about 1 whole banana, so you could fairly quickly give your dog 2 bananas' worth of chips. My concern would be with the amount of potassium in bananas - not that potassium is bad, but that it can affect the muscles, which means it could potentially affect the heart. DOUBTFUL this would be an issue if it was just once or twice a week, but if it became a favorite treat, I might be a bit wary.

Annie LOVES banana, but I only give her about 2 inches worth of fresh banana when I eat one. Maybe I'm over cautious, but just thought I'd share the info about the dried stuff, just FYI. Lois
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3 cups oatmeal
1 1/4 cups flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup milk
2 mashed bananas
Blend liquid ingredients, eggs and mashed bananas, making sure to mix well. Add flour and oatmeal. Mixture will be similar to cake mix. Spread into a well-greased pizza pan and bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes. Cut into tiny squares or strips using a pizza cutter. Keep refrigerated; store unused in freezer.
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Do you guys find it weird that Petey won't touch fruit or vegetables? He won't eat most junk food either. He does love green tripe and fresh grass.
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How did you blanche yours? I am going to give that a try later this week and would like an idea of the best way to do it.
I actually put them in the microwave with clear wrap covering them. Four large sweet potatoes took about 15 minutes. My MWO is an old one and takes longer than normal to do things. They were just easy enough to cut/slice but not done enough to eat.
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I'm going to weigh in on this, just because I used to manage a couple of health food stores, and I bought various types of dried banana chips.

Dehydrated banana tends to not be crisp, but rather, more like dried apple slices or dates - kind of dense and soft and chewy - though they often aren't dry enough to handle like a chip or piece of jerky. If you put them in a blender with some plain cooked oatmeal or cooked rice, and spread it out on the dehydrator sheets or cookie sheets, and made like a banana leather, it might work.

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Just remember that dried fruits are MUCH more concentrated than fresh, so that while a medium-size fresh banana is about 100 calories (just for comparison's sake, a handful of dried banana chips (about 2/3 cup) is around 230 calories. What that means is that about 1/3 cup of chips equals about 1 whole banana, so you could fairly quickly give your dog 2 bananas' worth of chips. My concern would be with the amount of potassium in bananas - not that potassium is bad, but that it can affect the muscles, which means it could potentially affect the heart. DOUBTFUL this would be an issue if it was just once or twice a week, but if it became a favorite treat, I might be a bit wary.

Annie LOVES banana, but I only give her about 2 inches worth of fresh banana when I eat one. Maybe I'm over cautious, but just thought I'd share the info about the dried stuff, just FYI. Lois
Thanks for the thoughts about potassium - I thought there would be a downside. So I am going to continue to use them for specific behaviours that I am working on - that requires small amounts like 10 treats max.
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