Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How to Make Banana Button Treats and DIY Container

   It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air…or is that the smell of bananas? Here on the bayou, Bentley and Pierre love bananas. It is one of their favorite snacks. I am not kidding when I tell you that Pierre can hear us peel a banana even if he’s asleep! I decided that they would make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Bananas are a healthy source of fiber and vitamins B6 and C. My boys enjoy sharing pieces of our fresh bananas but their favorite way to eat them is as dehydrated chips. These are simple to make and perfect for snacks, training or on walks. They are also perfect for Valentine’s Day!
This is how we make
♥ Bayou Boys Banana Buttons
Red stuffed toy monkey hold a bunch of bananas

Yes, we have a bunch of bananas.
Close-up of hands peeling a banana
Helpful Hint: Peel your banana the same way monkeys do it. Pinch the bottom and pull down for a perfect peel. 
Banana being sliced on chopping board. Empty peel and red monkey holding bananas also on table
Slice bananas approximately 1/8th
Banana slices on a dehydrator racks
 Place slices on dehydrator trays making sure the slices do not touch each other. This allows the air to circulate around them.
Let bananas dehydrate until they are dried to your desired texture. The time depends on your dehydrator and how crispy your dogs likes their bananas. Check by taking one off the rack and allowing it to cool. We like ours crunchy so we dehydrate for several hours.
When your banana buttons are ready, let them cool completely.
~Helpful Hint~
*You can use your oven to dehydrate. Place banana slices at least ¼” apart on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 200 for at least 2 hours.
Psst~ They are delicious snack for humans too.
Valentine’s Day Container
   This could not be an easier DIY craft for giving your best friend some Banana Buttons this Valentine’s Day. 
Stuffed red toy monkey holding craft stickers and empty clear canister.

   I used an empty powdered juice container. You can use any container with a smooth surface. A few dog themed stickers and letters were used to decorate our gift. Paint markers or ink stamps can be used.
Red toy stuffed monkey with Valentine hearts and container full of banana chips. Text reads Love is Banana Buttons
Fill container with Banana Buttons
Wrap up Valentine’s Day for your pup.

Row of 8 pink hearts with squiggles.
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Row of 8 pink heart and filligree


  1. oh my mom goes bananas for that tasty bananas :o) she sometimes buys them in store and the bag is always empty before she is back in my crib :o)

  2. Great Banana Buttons!! Unfortunately, I cannot get the girls to eat them...for some reason...they just do not like the smell. They prefer chicken. Which they also love dehydrated!

  3. Our pups love bananas ! I bought a dehydrator but haven't tried it yet... Thanks for the the post- I will have to try this!

  4. That sure looks like a great treat for the doggies. Thanks for the great recipe. You all have a great day.

  5. I luffs bananas...they's called Buttie Pillar food in our house...did you nose Buttie Pillars luffs bananas?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. We call them banana crisps and make them in the oven. The three of us love them so much, there is nothing left over to store! Yum!

  7. Mom use to do this - she would brush the bananas with honey and then dehydrate - oh dog were they ever good

  8. Yum, Yum, Yum. My brother Corky the parrot loves banana buttons! Now, if only Ma had a dehydrator...that seems a lot easier than the oven. Just sayin. Enjoy!

  9. Oh my goodness bananas are the best!! We eat lots of bananas!!

  10. My dogs too can hear the crashing sound of a banana being peeled from several rooms away. They thank you for this post.

  11. YUMMY! These look amazing! Do you have some extra to share!?!?! :)

  12. Yes I love my bananas and I have one every day. Why they have the potassium Lee needs. So your Mom has know your Dad since the age of four, why they must have met in preschool. That is one long romance a true Valentine Story.
    Thanks for being a friend

  13. Those look delish! Maybe you can bring some to the next Blogville pawty!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  14. What a pawsome gift idea!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  15. We might like them fresh - I know mom likes bananas
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  16. That is such a good idea! I haven't tried bananas in my dehydrator yet! I'll have to give it a shot! :D

  17. That container is so cute...and easy to do. We bet it would hold lots of kitty treats too.

  18. Easy enough and yummy. Love the recycling of the container, looks wonderful.

  19. YUM! We love bananas! <3 Really cute idea to decorate the container! Great gift idea! :D

  20. What a great gift idea. Luke LOVES bananas. The girls aren't as crazy about them, but they might like them better dehydrated. We'll have to give that a try.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  21. Phoebe loves bananas too! These look yummy.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  22. Phoebe loves bananas too! These look yummy.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  23. Yum, yum. While Sam isn't all that keen on bananas (there's no accounting for his taste!) your post reminds me to get out my hydrator and make some banana 'chips!' Thanks for the timely reminder. ღ


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