How To Make Sweet Potato Chews (Guest Recipe)

Peanut butter often gets the glory, but most dogs love delicious sweet potatoes, too.

Charlie Machete begs for a treat.

More sweet ‘taters, please!

The recipe I recently shared for no-bake sweet potato treats was well-received by readers – and, I hope, your dogs. Here’s another super easy sweet potato snack you can make for your pups. The recipe comes from another blogger and dog lover.

Many store-bought dog treats are the equivalent of doggie junk food. There’s no nutritional value, and some of the ingredients are better left on store shelves. So what’s a concerned dog parent to do?

Homemade sweet potato chews are an easy, healthy alternative to traditional treats. They’re packed with natural goodness and don’t require any special equipment to make.

All you need for these treats are:

-          Sweet potatoes

-          A cutting board

-          A sharp knife

-          A cookie sheet

-          An oven

Instructions: 

1)      Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees.

2)      Wash and peel the sweet potatoes.

3)      Using your sharp knife, cut the sweet potatoes into slices 1/3 to 1/2 an inch thick. I recommend aiming for the low end, as thicker slices don’t turn out as well.

4)      Lay the slices on your cookie sheet about an inch apart. Be sure to use a light coat of cooking spray or olive oil if your cookie sheet isn’t non-stick.

5)      Cook for 90 minutes.

6)      Flip the slices, then cook for an additional 60 minutes. Cook in additional 10-minute increments if necessary.

Dehydrated sweet potatoes

Before. After.

Ideally, the treats will turn out as dehydrated strips. Thicker slices will need to be baked longer and will be slightly chewy; thinner strips should be baked for less time or they’ll crispy. Once cool, refrigerate to preserve their freshness.

These are treats you can feel good about giving your dog. Sweet potatoes are high in too many vitamins and minerals to list, plus they have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This easy method of preparation maintains their health benefits which unnecessary processing reduces.

The other benefit of sweet potato chews is that they are a safe alternative to rawhide chews. In the past, rawhides have been found to pick up contaminants like salmonella during processing, leading to risk of illness. Many dogs get really excited about rawhides and chew off small pieces, which can be a choking risk. Rawhide is not easily digested, so if your dog swallows small pieces, it could lead to stomach blockages. Yikes. These sweet potato chews, on the other hand, are not made in a factory assembly line and are easily digested.

Sweet potato dog treats are healthy, safe, and easy to make. Your dog will love them. The first time I made them for my dog, she got excited every time I opened the fridge for a week, hoping her cuteness would earn a sweet potato chew.

Bon(e) appetit!

This guest post comes from Sonia Charry, who writes the Big Dog Blog at PawPosse.com. She’s constantly trying out new, healthy recipes for her family, which includes her dog Nala. Here, she shares the recipe for one of Nala’s favorite home-made treats.

Would your dog enjoy sweet potato chews?

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on September 3, 2012, in Dogs, Dogtography, Food and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I should think Litchi would give me her standard stare of horror if I tried to feed her anything that wasn’t meat. She’s such a carnivore!

  2. they sound amazing! I quite like carrots so reckon I’d love sweet potatoes. I think even my mummy could handle making those!

  3. I will definitely be trying these, thanks for sharing :)

  4. how long do these actually last? Need to know so I can make them for my “Granddogger”.

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