Introduction: Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe

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Our dog Roscoe gets a treat a couple times a day as a vehicle for his pain medicine. He's 9 years old but has recently decided he wants to act like a puppy again. :P (which is pretty elderly for a Rottweiler / German Shepard mix). We've been giving him his medicine using these blueberry muffins, but our local store stopped carrying them.

We're pretty picky about what he eats, so most treats are out of the question for him. Plus, he's on a diet since he's been gaining more and more weight in old age! Instead of buying something else, I set out to make him some healthy sweet potato based treats. :D

I'm using brown rice flour in these treats because it's high in fiber, protein, iron and niacin - as well as other minerals! The sweet potato is also high in fiber, and contains loads of vitamin A. The eggs add a little fat and protein. The apple sauce doesn't do too much but help bind everything together, but it's a healthy way to do it. :)

In the next version of these treats, I think I'm going to add in some unsweetened dehydrated blueberries since he loves those and they're good for him. ^_^

[ I modified this recipe to make these treats. ]

Step 1: Ingredients + Tools

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Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato (should weigh 1 to 1.5 pounds)
  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 eggs

Make sure that your applesauce has no added weirdness or sugar. The label should just show apples, water, and some sort of acid to preserve color and freshness.

Make sure to store your extra brown rice flour in the fridge or freezer. Otherwise, it goes rancid fast!

Tools:

  • microwave
  • oven set to 350 F / 175 C
  • a rimmed baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • whisk
  • spatula
  • fork
  • large bowl for mixing

Step 2: Cook the Sweet Potato and Preheat the Oven

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Preheat your oven to 350 F / 175 C.

I prefer to do this in the microwave because it's really fast.

Wash and dry the sweet potato and put it on a microwave safe plate. Prick the sweet potato all over with a fork, and then pop it in the microwave.

Microwave for 5-7 minutes or until you can squeeze it and it feels pretty soft. You can also insert a paring knife into it to check doneness - if you don't meet any resistance, you're good to go!

Cut the sweet potato in half and set it aside to cool. You want it to cool down enough so it's easy to handle and you don't burn yourself.

If you don't have a microwave:

Preheat your oven to 375 F / 190 C. Prepare the sweet potato by washing, drying and pricking it with a fork. Place onto a square of foil and put that directly onto a rack in the middle of oven. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until tender.

Drop the temperature down to 350 F / 175 C once the sweet potato is baked.

Step 3: Mash the Sweet Potato

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Remove the skin from the sweet potato and transfer the flesh to a large bowl. Mash with a fork or whatever else works. :)

Step 4: Add the Apple Sauce & Eggs

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Add in 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and stir well to combine.

Then, add in the eggs. At this point I normally break out the whisk to get this all mixed well. A metal whisk is best!

Step 5: Add in the Brown Rice Flour

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Add in one cup of flour and mix everything together using a spatula until there are no dry spots left. (I poured the brown rice flour into the measuring cup when I measured it out, instead of spooning the flour into the cup.)

Now add another cup of flour and mix again.

Add in the last 1/2 cup of flour and mix. After this, the dough will be soft but not wet. It should come together easily and not be crumbly.

If it's still wet, add in more brown rice flour, 1/4 cup at a time until it forms a nice soft dough.

Step 6: Roll the Dough Into Balls

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Brown rice flour makes a very soft dough, so it's much easier to roll the treats into balls and bake them that way.

The dough will stick to your hands a bit, but it's not bad. If it bothers you, you can always try spraying your hands with a little cooking spray.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and start rolling the dough into balls!

I'm making the treats into balls about 1-1.25 inches wide, which is perfect for a big dog like Roscoe. You may want to match the size of treats your dog already enjoys.

Step 7: Bake the Treats

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Now we'll bake the treats in a 350 F / 175 C oven.

How long you bake your treats will depend on how big you make them!

I baked mine for about 45 minutes. Smaller treats will take less time, so start checking them at 20-25 minutes.

The treats should be firm and dry on the outside, but remain slightly soft inside. :)

Step 8: Cooling and Storing the Treats

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Let the treats cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer them to a wire rack. Let them cool completely and then put them into a container or ziploc bag. :)

I prefer to keep these treats in the fridge. They stay good in the fridge for quite a while as long as you completely cool them before putting them into a container! You can freeze them as well.

Hope your pups enjoy as much as mine did! :D

Comments

RushFan (author)2017-04-20

These are great, my little pup loves them! Thanks for sharing!

Slippery arm (author)2016-07-30

Roscoe is so cute

Slippery arm (author)2016-07-19

These are great for treats since my dog can't have them I made them for my friends dog and they don't crumble yay

katieanndenis (author)2016-07-08

I love this! I've definitely been trying to go the route of making the things that my dog consumes vs. purchasing them. Seems worth it to try!

Slippery arm (author)2016-06-21

Beautiful dog

jannie.lloyd (author)2016-06-18

Wouldn't hurt us humans, either.

Treasure Tabby (author)2016-05-31

Probably great for birds too. :)

Yes this can be a great base for bird treats. I make something similar for my birds, but instead of applesauce I use coconut oil and no sugar no salt peanut butter as the binding agent. Great way to trick them into eating their veggies. I also grind up the egg shells and mix it in, added source of calcium :)

syates3 (author)2016-06-08

Love it, posted on 'Hearts 4 Paws' Dog rescue of Northern Utah.

jessyratfink (author)2016-06-08

Just because he eats dog poop sometimes doesn't mean he shouldn't eat well the rest of the time, you know. :P

Gotta vary the diet.

Mi cha el (author)2016-06-07

These sound like pretty tasty people treats. lol I don't have a dog, but I'm going to make these.

jessyratfink (author)Mi cha el2016-06-08

Ha! They really aren't bad, just a little dry. My partner has been snacking on them sometimes, too. :P

mawmad (author)2016-06-01

Do you sure that the sweet potatoes is good for the dog? For example, the potatoes and especially the starch are know that not very good for the digestive of the dog

GeeB6 (author)mawmad2016-06-07

Sweet potatoes are the most easily digestible veggie for dogs. Far less likely to cause problems like allergies or digestive issues

ShannonQ (author)mawmad2016-06-06

sweet potatoes are very good for dogs

BevyA (author)mawmad2016-06-01

Yes our vet told us to feed them to our dogs

jessyratfink (author)mawmad2016-06-01

I've never heard that starches are bad for a dog's digestion and can't find any sources through googling.

I can say we've had vets and pet store employees recommend dry foods where root vegetables are subbed in for grains, so I doubt they're harmful at all in normal amounts. :)

rxima (author)2016-06-01

Does it have to be made with brown rice flour? my dog wouldn't touch it, she prefers normal flour

mvicstar (author)rxima2016-06-07

I used hard red wheat flour (organic) just because that is what I use for baking for my diabetic husband. it has a lot more vitamins than regular flour. Anyway, I made these for my 3 dachshunds and they absolutely Loved them!

rxima (author)2016-06-01

Does it have to be made with brown rice flour? my dog wouldn't touch it, she prefers normal flour

kruth1 (author)rxima2016-06-07

I use almond flour or coconut flour in my dog treats. Wheat and rice aren't the best choices for my dog.

jessyratfink (author)rxima2016-06-02

Nope! The original recipe used whole wheat flour, so that should be fine. :)

ooohlaa (author)2016-06-07

i also just dehydrate sliced baked sweet potatoes, come out like a soft jerky; dogs love them.

ooohlaa (author)2016-06-07

I worked for a chinese veterinary school and sweet potatoes are great for dogs, recommended in food therapy. they are calmative and soothing to digestive track but not sure about the rice flour, I would use a combo of flours, like maybe lentil, chick pea. coconut, quinoa, because all you need is as a binder. I would also add turmeric which is very good for dogs, apples and carrots and even other fresh veggies pureed. You can also use the pulp leftover from juicing.

HollyMann (author)2016-06-02

Awesome... I also like that it's gluten free!

audreyobscura (author)2016-06-01

Sweet Roscoe, he looks so pleased to try these out. His little beard is getting so white!!

LynnF21 (author)2016-06-01

This looks great. Once I make it the first time, I may try using pumpkin. Thanks for this recipe ... I have to be careful with my dog because she has colitis.

SandraD19078 (author)2016-06-01

Thanks for the recipe Jessy. Many of the treats on the shelves in Pet Stores are made with Sweet Potatoes, so I think it has to be good for the dogs. I just got a new Grandpuppy & want to make sure it has Healthy food & treats. Want to do one with sweet potato & chicken. I'll play around with the amounts to see whats best. Thanks again.

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