How about some banana kelp dog treats for your furry loved ones?
They’re a huge hit with my pups and make great Valentine’s Day dog treats, too!
Best thing is they’re SUPER EASY to make as there’s no baking required!
Ready? so let’s jump right in!
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Ingredients For The Banana Kelp Dog Treats
As the name suggests, all you need is two ingredients for these scrumptious, immune system boosting dog treats!
I used two overly ripe bananas and 1.5 teaspoons of a kelp powder supplement.
The one pictured in the image below is by Kelp Dog, but unfortunately, the brand went out of business.
Thankfully I found a great kelp powder alternative at Raw Paws Pet Food!
How To Make The Banana Kelp Dog Treats/ Heart Dog Treats for Valentine’s Day
It’s a breeze making these banana kelp dog treats.
(1) Simply peel the bananas and mash them up in a mixing bowl.
(2) Add 1.5 teaspoons of the kelp powder and mix them together.
(3) Fill your (heart shaped) silicone molds with the concoction and place them into the freezer overnight.
It’s just enough to fill 12-15 medium sized silicone molds – I used two molds with 12 heart shapes.
Aren’t they super cute to make Valentine’s Day dog treats?!
Benefits of Bananas & Kelp for Dogs
Ripe bananas are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B-6 and antioxidants.
They’re very easy to digest when ripe!
Kelp is a seaweed that’s chock-full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids.
It’s a natural source of iodine that supports thyroid health, helps with digestion, promotes healthy skin, reduces itching and alleviates arthritis pain.
It even repels fleas – how about that?!
The Raw Paws Pet Food kelp supplement consists of 100% organic Icelandic dried kelp.
When doing my research on kelp, I found that kelp from the Southern Pacific shouldn’t be fed because of industrial pollution.
Kelp from Hawaii, the Northwest USA, Canada, Iceland and Norway is considered much less contaminated.
Use Small Silicone Molds – Moderation Is Key
As with all treats, feeding them in moderation is key – too much banana and kelp can cause digestive upset.
Because of this, I like to make smaller treats in silicone molds as opposed to larger KONG food puzzles that I typically like to use for frozen, DIY food puzzle fillers.
Dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon of kelp per 10 lbs of body weight per day.
I limit Missy’s allowance to 1-2 banana/kelp treats per day when she’s not getting the kelp dosage with her raw food.
She weighs 50 lbs and can have a little over one teaspoon of kelp per day. Her brother Buzz weighs 70 lbs and can have just shy of 2 teaspoons of kelp per day.
Banana Kelp Dog Treats: Bottom Line
These banana kelp dog treats are a quick, fun way of incorporating an immune system booster in your pup’s life!
I make them whenever I have some overly ripe bananas sitting around the house that I won’t eat anymore but don’t want to throw out.
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