Go Bananas and Honey Dog Biscuit Recipe
Why Is Honey Good For Dogs?
First, if you have a diabetic dog, you should be careful any time you use a sweetner, natural or not. While there’s some research out there that suggests honey may have some anti-diabetic qualities for dogs who have Type II diabetes, most dogs end up with Type I diabetes and this affects their pancreas. Check with your vet on that before using anything with honey for holistic purposes.
But, there are some amazing things honey can do to help your dog!
Honey is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and those are all great for your dog’s overall health and immune system. But dog parents also love recipes with honey because of the seasonal benefits that honey brings to your dogs during allergy season.
Yes, dogs get allergies, and yes, honey can help humans. Guess what? Honey can even do that with your dog, particularly if you’re using local honey. Honey contains trace amounts of flower pollens. The pollens he’s probably allergic to. And when you give your dog honey, it’ll slowly introduce pollen into his body, much in the way an allergy shot would. This helps him create antibodies and that can help his immune system respond more appropriately to pollens in the air. He’ll have been ‘used to’ those pollens flying around and won’t overreact with histamine to help. The pollen also has Quercetin and that can help your dog’s allergy symptoms too.
Honey can also help when your dog’s got a sore throat or cough. Yes, again, doggies get throat irritation and cough as a result and while you’re not going to offer him a spot of tea…honey can make a difference in how he feels. It’s a great relief if he’s suffering from breathing or coughing irritation and coats his throat for relief too.
Honey’s amazing for your dog’s skin. Many dog parents swear by honey for eczema, insect bites, hot spots and wounds/scratches. Obviously they use honey topically for many of those issues, and a honey-biscuit won’t be your go-to for your dog’s mosquito bites, but if you are using it topically, honey can sanitize and help skin irritations heal because it produces low levels of hydrogen peroxide. (Yep, that stuff that bubbles!)
One of the main reasons dog parents love this recipe is that honey is also used for digestion. If your doggy is suffering from diarrhea, constipation or indigestion, honey can help settle the stomach. Why? Honey has prebiotics and probiotics and they work together to help balance your dog’s gut. That makes these delicious treats practically a must-do on the regular, right?
Your dog will sure think so!
And because honey is a simple sugar that doesn’t break down like table sugar, these biscuits can actually help slow down your dog’s response to hunger. It takes less insulin and absorbs more slowly in your dog’s blood, but that means glucose conversion slows down too. Dogs don’t even know these biscuits may actually help keep them at a healthier weight!
Go Bananas and Honey Dog Biscuit Recipe
Makes 20-30 cookies
2/3 cup water
2 bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons honey
4 1/2 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
½ cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine water, mashed bananas, honey, and egg.
- As you’re stirring, mix in the flour oats and baking powder.
- Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead 5 to 8 minutes or until it’s not sticky.
- Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
- Place cut outs onto non-stick baking sheets and place in oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Turn oven off and leave cookies in the oven for 30 more minutes to ensure they are dry and crisp.
- Let biscuits cool on rack.
I noticed that this dough got really sticky, so if this happens to you add more flour or add water to the mixture gradually. And if it sticks to your rolling pin, try spraying it with cooking spray.
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Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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