Today I’m sharing another healthy dog treat recipe with you that’s super easy to make, contains only 2 ingredients – banana and tripe – and is likely to leave your dog drooling.
What You’ll Need
All you need for this recipe is ground green tripe and (overly) ripe bananas. I used ground bison green tripe from Darwin’s Natural Pet, but I’ve also used ground green tripe from Raw Paws Pet Food and from Raw Feeding Miami.
How To Make The Treats
How much tripe and bananas you’ll need depends on how many treats you want to make. I mashed two 8 oz green tripe packages and 2 bananas in a mixing bowl and was able to fill four silicone molds with the mixture, which made 34 treats.
Once the silicone molds were filled they went into the freezer for about 24 hours before the pups got to taste-test their treats.
Why (Overly) Ripe Bananas Are So Healthy
Ripe bananas are much easier to digest than their greener counterparts and produce a substance (TNF = Tumor Necrosis Factor) that has cancer-fighting qualities. They are also rich in dietary fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and B-6, and are chock full of antioxidants.
I personally am not a huge fan of eating mushy bananas myself, but since the pups love them and they’re good for them, I found that using them to make dog treats is a good alternative instead of throwing them out. #NoWaste I’ve also combined them with kelp: Boosting The K9 Immune System With Banana Kelp Treats.
Side note: Moderation is important when offering banana as a treat. Too much of it can cause digestive upset, so I limit the pups’ daily intake to 2-3 treats when they contain banana.
And What Is Green Tripe?
I came across green tripe for the first time back in early 2015 and am still in awe of this amazing dog food because it’s essentially a nutritional powerhouse. Granted, it’s a little on the smelly side, but I honestly don’t care. As far as I’m concerned, it can smell as much as it wants as long as it’s healthy for the pups. And healthy IT IS!
Green tripe is made of the nutrient rich lining of the stomach of a ruminant animal such as a cow, deer, sheep, or goat. As such, it contains a ton of digestive enzymes, is rich in amino acids and essential fatty acids.
“Green” simply means that it hasn’t been treated with chemicals, but doesn’t actually have anything to do with its color, which is brown.
Missy & Buzz were instantly hooked on green tripe once they tasted it, and I now add it to their raw meals on a regular basis. If you’d like to do a little further reading on green tripe, please check out my blog post How To Spoil Your Dog For Under $25: Beef Green Tripe (Ground) from Raw Paws Pet Food.
If you’re intrigued by green tripe but are hesitant to feed the raw version, there is also a freeze-dried green tripe option. I use it every now and then as high value training treats and also to make KONG puzzle fillers.
Here’s how I have used it in a KONG: The Ultimate Boredom Buster For Your Dog – Food Puzzle Featuring PB & Beef Green Tripe Treats.
I enjoyed making these banana tripe treats for the pups because prep time is minimal and I have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what’s going into their bodies.
As you may know by know if you’ve been reading the K9sOverCoffee blog for a while, nutrition is an important factor on our journey of being healthy, and I’m a proponent of single – and limited ingredient dog treats. The banana tripe treats fall into this category AND the pups love them – it’s a win win for all of us!
Are you going to give these treats a try or are your dogs already getting tripe and banana on a more or less regular basis? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!