Are you looking for an easy, one-ingredient dog treat to make at home? Two of our dogs’ favorite tastes are sweet potatoes and bananas, and both make healthy homemade treats using a dehydrator or your oven. Dehydrated sweet potatoes and dehydrated banana dog treats are super easy to make.
What You’ll Need
If you’d like to make both the dehydrated sweet potatoes and bananas, you’ll need about:
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 4 ripe bananas
I used a dehydrator to make our dog treats. My dehydrator is really a simple kitchen appliance; it has a heating coil, stackable trays, and a fan.
The key is that the trays closest to the heating element will dry out first so the trays need to be rotated (and the fleshiest fruit goes closest to the drying element.)
Can Dogs Eat Dried Bananas?
Yes, this recipe for dried bananas is healthy for your dog, consisting of nothing more than, well, banana! Bananas are a good source of amino acids, electrolytes, minerals, Vitamins B6 and C, potassium, fiber and manganese.
If you don’t dehydrate your own bananas but rely on store bought bananas, be sure to check the ingredients list to ensure that you are serving only banana. Some dried bananas are sweetened with sugars and contain preservatives.
How to Prepare the Sweet Potatoes
First, peel the sweet potatoes, being careful to remove any green “eyes” and parts you find. (The green parts of potatoes are toxic to dogs.)
Slice the potatoes as thin as you can.
I don’t have a Mandolin Slicer which would be the best way to slice the potatoes but I was able to slice them pretty thin with a sharp knife.
If you’d rather make sweet potato chews instead of chips, make your slices a little thicker.
Preparing the Bananas
Next, peel and slice the bananas.
I sliced these about 1/4 inch thick; again, if you’d rather they be chewy, just slice them a little thicker.
Many recipes for dried bananas begin by soaking the bananas in unsweetened lemon juice (to prevent the bananas from turning brown).
Since dogs dislike citrus (and they don’t care if the dried bananas are brown), I skipped this step.
Time to Dehydrate!
Next, arrange the slices on the dehydrating trays. I kept the sweet potatoes and bananas separate on the trays so I could rearrange the trays depending on their drying speed.
Don’t allow the slices to touch one another or the edges won’t dry properly.
If you’d like to make these dried sweet potatoes and bananas in your oven, you’ll want to turn your oven to its lowest setting, around 180F. A raised baking rack over a quarter sheet pan will help the potatoes and bananas dry evenly:
The length of time you’ll dehydrate will depend on several factors:
- the temperature of your dehydrator (or oven)
- the thickness of the potato and banana slices
- the humidity level in your home
- the level of crispiness or chewiness you’d like to achieve
I dried these potatoes and bananas in the dehydrator for about 14 hours.
The chips were chip-like:
and the bananas (which were on the top racks) were just slightly chewy:
Both were a real hit (the sweet potatoes were the most popular of the two). The taste of the bananas was even more concentrated thanks to the dehydration process and both treats are now perfect for putting in my dog walking bag for morning and evening walks!
How to Store Dehydrated Bananas and Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes
Both these treats can be stores on the counter in an airtight container (like a Mason jar) for about a week. You can also freeze these and take them out for later treats.
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