How to make healthy sweet potato dog treats
Making homemade dog treats for your pup is not only better for them, it’s also less expensive than store bought. These healthy sweet potato dog treats are ready from start to finish in under 30 minutes.
Like my banana pumpkin dog treats, these biscuits have ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.
If you have a senior dog, or a dog with digestive issues like mine, check out this post on how to make oatmeal for dogs.
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Healthy sweet potato dog treats
Sugar is 13 years old and while she still has most of her teeth – hard, crunchy biscuits can be difficult for her.
These soft pumpkin treats are great for pups with dental issues and Sugar loves them too.
Sweet potatoes are her absolute favorite, so making them into a dog cookie was an obvious choice. The dough is soft and it is a little sticky, but be patient and you’ll have perfect little biscuits.
How to make dog biscuits
I stash overripe bananas in the freezer. It is great for baking, but also for making snacks for the pup.
The dough is made entirely in the food processor, so there is minimal clean-up.
Once your dough is mixed, you’ll turn it out onto a floured work surface and using a rolling pin, roll it out to approximately 1/8″ thick.
I use this set of dog bone cookie cutters to cut out my shapes.
Once you have cut as many as you can from the dough, gather it into a ball and re-roll it. Use a plastic bench scraper to help get the dough off of the counter – it’s like having a non-stick hand!
Now that we have our shapes cut out, it’s time to bake! Place your dog cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake treats for 16 – 18 minutes. You can store the treats on the counter in a cute dog treat jar for a few days, but remember that there are no preservatives in these treats, so they won’t last as long on the counter as store bought.
I live in a warm, humid climate, so I tend to keep them in the fridge. Just like with any homemade baked good, no preservatives mean a shorter shelf life.
Homemade dog treats
DIY dog treats are no more difficult than making a batch of cookies – it might actually be easier! Plus, the added bonus of knowing exactly what is in your pet’s food is a big bonus.
Here are a few more recipes to try for your furry family members.
- peanut butter banana
- oatmeal pumpkin
- banana blueberry
- fresh breath
- pumpkin peanut butter
- oatmeal applesauce
I love giving these out to our friends and neighbors with pups. And, as the holiday season is approaching, I’ll attach the little gift tag (see picture above) to the absolute cutest holiday puppy treat bags for gifting.
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Sweet potato dog treats
Healthy sweet potato dog treats are quick and easy homemade biscuits for your pup.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1 ripe banana
- 3/4 cup cooked sweet potato
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C / Gas Mark 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add oats to the bowl of a food processor.
- Let machine run for 2 - 3 minutes, until oats are almost flour consistency with a few big pieces left.
- Add flour, applesauce, coconut oil, banana, sweet potato and egg to bowl of food processor.
- Pulse a few times to break up cooked sweet potato and move ingredients around.
- Run food processor for a minute or two until dough looks uniform.
- Sprinkle the countertop with a few tablespoons of flour, then turn the dough out onto the countertop. (The dough will be sticky. If it is too sticky to roll out, work a few more tablespoons of flour into the dough until you are able to work with it)
- Roll the dough out to roughly 1/8" thick on a floured surface. Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little extra flour and flour the rolling pin.
- Dip the cookie cutter into a bit of flour, then cut treats out with cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes, rotate tray halfway through.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog.
The dough is a little sticky, so if you live in a humid climate like I do, you will have to add extra flour to work the dough.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes if it is too sticky to roll out, this should also help.
TO STORE TREATS:
Store in an airtight container/ zip top bag in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Serving Size:1 treat
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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Can you tell me what I can substitute for the egg please. My dog is not allowed eggs!
Hi Maureen, you could substitute it with a flaxseed egg 🙂
Mix 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp. water. Let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes, then proceed with the recipe. Hope that helps!
Thank you. It worked perfectly!
Fantastic! I’m glad to hear it, Maureen! 🙂
Hello hello! What can I sub for applesauce. I don’t have this in my pantry 🙁
Hi Michelle 🙂
You can substitute with extra banana or sweet potato, OR, if you have canned pumpkin purée (not pie filling), you could use that in place of the applesauce. You may have to add a tablespoon or two of water if the dough is too stiff. Applesauce has a little more liquid in it than the other things, so adjust a smidge with water if you need to.
My dog has been tested for allergies and he has loads of them. I want to make his treats, but oats, banana, coconut oil are on the list. Can you recommend substitutes – especially for the oats, as I would love to makes these for him. He can have buckwheat if that’s an alternative. Thanks so much!
Hi Jill, You can swap out the oats for regular flour. Sub banana with canned pumpkin and omit the coconut oil. There are loads of dog treat recipes on the blog – here is one without those 3 ingredients: https://www.pookspantry.com/pumpkin-carrot-dog-treats/