Homemade Dog Treats: Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs

There are some weeks when you feel like a guilty dog mum and I’m definitely having one of those ‘guilty’ weeks as work and life, generally, has been chaotic!  As a dog owner, you know what its like. You feel the walks have been a little bit shorter or maybe not as many of them as you’d like.  Maybe those games of tug at home haven’t been as often as you like given the dark mornings and darker nights?

One of the ways I combat a busy week is what I call my Sunday Funday where we make sure we spend as much time having fun with the three musketeers (Millie, Isla and Harley). Our 8 week ‘Sunday Bites’ series of blogs is just one way on a Sunday that we spoilt them all.

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But what if you are feeling like a ‘guilty dog’ mum but really do need to find time to chill out yourself after a busy week!?!?!?  Well, this is where our one ingredient recipe for sweet potato chews for dogs comes in. You can make dog treats without spending hours baking!!

 

 

Are Sweet Potatoes Good For Dogs?

Not only are they really easy to make but sweet potato is safe for dogs, and can provide them a range of health benefits Great for digestive health due to being high in dietary fibre, they are also low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C and beta-carotene.   Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your dog’s body, which is essential for your dog’s vision, growth, and muscle strength.

Sounds good to me!

Ready to make these super easy, healthy sweet potato dog chews?

 

Sweeet Potato Dog Chews

 

 

Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs

Preparation Time: 5 minutes; Cooking Time: Between 2 to 3 hours

Difficulty:   (Super) Easy

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoes -as many or as little as you like! I personally bought 4 sweet potatoes which made around 40 chews/treats.

 

Method:

 

#1 Preheat your oven to 120 degrees Celcius

The secret to making these treats chewy is to cook for a long time at a low temperature. So pop your oven on and preheat to 120 degrees Celcius.

n.b. if you regularly make treats that require ‘drying’ out in the oven, you may want to look at purchasing a food dehydrator like this one which has stackable shelves.

 

#2  Line baking trays with parchment paper

Grab some baking trays. I prefer to line mine with parchment paper to ensure the treats don’t get stuck and washing up afterwards is SO MUCH easier!

 

Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs Recipe

 

#3  Slice your sweet potatoes

Now there is no wrong or right to this.  The thinner and smaller your treat size is, then the more likely they are to go crunchy and they will need less cooking time.

I like to slide a few discs as well as cutting long slices of around 1/3 inch wide.  This will result in more chewy treats versus the smaller crispy shapes.

 

 

#4 Lay on the parchment paper and add a little oil

Don’t worry about packing in your sweet potato as while they cook they will shrink.   I drizzle a little oil on mine but you could also add something like cinnamon too if you prefer (and well it makes the house smell great!).

 

Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs Recipe

 

Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs Recipe

 

#4 Time to Cook – between 2 to 3 hours

The cooking time will entirely depend on the size of the treats that you’ve cut. I checked on mine around 90 mins in and turned them over.

I find smaller disk shapes crisp up after 90 minutes to 2 hours. The longer, thicker chews can take up to 3 hours.  Do just keep an eye and remove any from the oven to cool down.

Just make sure they are out of your dogs reach ;0)

 

#5  Treat Time!

After letting them cool – it’s time to test!

As with all of our dog treats, these were another big hit.  The chewier treats def seemed to satisfy them but the crisper smaller bites were great for out on our Sunday morning adventure!

You can either store these in the fridge for up to a week or pop them in the freezer for around 3-4 months.

 

Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs

 

Did your Dog Love our Sweet Potato Dog Chews?

I’d love to hear how you get on with making any of our recipes and, of course, whether your dog loved our sweet potato dog chews!

 

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