Vegan Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

These sweet potato dog treats are loaded with healthy foods that dogs love!

One of the winter veggies I have the hardest time working my way through is sweet potatoes. Don’t get me wrong: I love sweet potatoes! The trouble is, my husband does not so much love them. I’ve found a few ways that I can sneak sweet potatoes onto his plate. For some reason, he doesn’t like sweet potatotes baked, mashed, or roasted, but he loves them as oven fries. He also seems to dig the sweet potato oatmeal muffins that I make sometimes.

The trouble is that in winter, our CSA gives us at least two giant sweet potatoes a week, and those two recipes are…well…they are two recipes! Since the people in our house weren’t eating these suckers, I decided it was time to feed them to our dog Jenna instead!

sweet potato dog treats

Sweet potato is great for dogs! They’re full of healthy vitamins that are healthy for pups, inside and out. Jenna loves sweet potato. When I occasionally bake one for myself, I always cut up a couple of bites and set them aside to cool as a treat for her.

Making dog treats really isn’t that different from making cookies. You bake them for longer, so they harden into biscuits, but really if you can make cookies, you can make dog treats. The dough for these even kind of tastes like cookie dough that could use a little sugar.

vegan sweet potato dog treats dough

Since these treats aren’t packed with preservatives like the store-bought sort, you’ll want to feed them to your dog within a week or two of making them and store them in the refrigerator.

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 35-45 minutes; Total time: 45-55 minutes; Yield: Around 2 dozen treats, depending on how small you make them.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato, cooked and peeled
  • 2 1/2 cups oat flour (see below)
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mash ingredients together in a large bowl. You can use a fork, but I found that getting in there and using your hands to mash and knead the dough worked best.
  3. Form into flat cookies about 2 tablespoons at a time. For a smaller dog, you might want to make smaller treats by using 1 tablespoon at a time for your cookies. Just cut the baking time back to 25-35 minutes if you’re making smaller ones.
  4. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 40-50 minutes – until browned on the edges and quite hard – then allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before treating your pup. You want these to be more like biscuits than cookies. The less moisture is left in them after baking, the longer they will last. If you don’t give your dog treats very frequently, I’d store these in the fridge. They’ll keep for about a week out of the fridge and about two weeks refrigerated.

How to Make Oat Flour

Oat flour is actually just finely ground rolled oats, so there’s nothing special to buy here. Just toss your oats in the blender and let ‘er fly until it reaches a floury consistency. It’s OK if there are still a few pieces of oat left, as long as it’s mostly flour.

I used just over 3 cups of oats to make the 2 1/2 cups of oat flour for this recipe. You may need a bit more or less to yield the right amt of flour. Start with around 3 cups and blend more until you get the amount you need.

20 comments on “Vegan Sweet Potato Dog Treats
  1. Made the treats today…used whole oatmeal…turned out fine. Baked them at 350 degrees until they were hard. Smelled really good….I was tempted.
    Pearl..a prescue pit..LOVES them ! SO much healthier than commercial crap.

    • You can try, but I think the extra surface area from grinding makes a big difference. You can also try subbing wheat flour for the oat flour.

  2. These sound great! I recently adopted a small Snoodle (Toy Shnauzer and Toy Poodle) whom I love to bits. Speaking of bits, I intend to make these to use for my treat-dispensing toy (I need a shape that will fit through the holes in the dispenser.) This sounds like a tasty and nutritious treat that will be perfect to use. I’ll freeze them to, so some keep longer, as he’s only about 10 pounds.

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  4. I like sweet potatoes.. my husband loves then and till some months back i did not know how much my pom loved them too! i picked up some sweet potato treats for him some months back. they were human grade with some added cinnamon and i thought i would have to eat them. but he loved them. he would sniff them out from my jacket pocket and ask for them.. he will love these treats for sure!

    • Have a 6 month old miniature pom and I make his food from a recipe I got from my breeder which contains sweet potatoes and he just ‘vacuums’ it up. I buy him dried Sweet Potato Dog Treats (rawhide consistency) and he absolutely loves them. As he only weighs 4 lbs,.each one lasts him quite a long time, but like any other dog treat, I only give it to him if I am monitoring him closely. When it is getting to the ‘too small’ stage, I chop it into tiny pieces and use it as training treats. You no doubt have tried this, but just in case you haven’t, he LOVES pig’s ears. Will definitely try these cookies,
      I’m sure he will enjoy them and the fact that I know exactly what’s in them is a bonus!

  5. These looks great! I also love sweet potatoes and have a husband who despises them. He won’t eat them in any form–at all. On the other hand, our dog will only eat expensive dehydrated sweet potatoes. He has no interest in homemade ones at all. I wonder if these are worth a shot? I suppose I could always eat them myself, cuz they look delicious.
    xo kittee

    • Aw, dog twins! Jenna is a lab mix, too. She’s got some pit and hound in her. It’s funny…you can’t always see it all, but sometimes she puts that pit face on, and she looks like a different dog than when she wears her lab face.

  6. We have the opposite sweet potato problem in our house. My husband goes nuts for them, and I think they’re just okay. Nine times out of ten, I’d rather have a Russet potato instead. It works out okay, because we just make oven fries with our preferred potatoes. However, my husband would be delighted if I was adding them to tacos, scrambles, and soups more often! Surprisingly, one of our cats goes nuts for potatoes – both sweet and white. Whenever we have them, she’s right there begging for a bite (or five) of her own!

    Jenna is a lucky dog that you make these fabulous looking treats for her!

    • It’s so adorable that your cat begs for sweet potatoes! Our cat, Molly, is crazy for crunchy snacks like popcorn and chips. I wonder how she’d react to a piece of sweet potato! I’ll have to find out!

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