Farm to Fido: Sweet Potato Dog Treats

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 “What a dog I got, his favorite bone is my arm.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

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Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries and applesauce… Oh My, It’s Thanksgiving! My grandma whips up her rutabagas and of course, sweet potatoes topped with melted (sometimes burnt) marshmallows. Dad is in charge of the turkey, while Mom and I love baking pies. It’s amazing how fast the food disappears when it took days to prepare.

Food coma sets in and you hit the couch to watch the football marathon. As you try to digest with your dog on your lap, you catch a glimpse of his huge sad eyes. While you were previously impersonating King Arthur gnawing on a turkey leg, did you forget your loyal companion?

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“Give the dog a bone!”

Don’t leave out Man’s Best Friend on this special holiday (or any day). You can whip up healthy dog treats as quickly as you can say, “Pass the cranberries.” You just need a few kitchen staples and a sweet potato (minus the marshmallows – Sorry, Granny!)

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How Sweet It Is! My homegrown organic sweet potatoes.

   “If there were only turnips and potatoes in the world, someone would complain that plants grow the wrong way.”

– Georg C. Lichtenberg

My rescue dogs literally watched over the organic sweet potatoes growing in my garden. It is only fitting to share this sweetness with them.

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My rescue Lab: The Garden Guard

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

– Josh Billings 

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Can you dig it?

How sweet it is!

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Harvest Time!

You don’t need to grow your own sweet potatoes to bake these tasty biscuits. Here’s how to make scrumptious Scooby Snacks guaranteed to keep tails wagging.

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Sweet Potato Dog Treats

An easy homemade dog treat recipe with healthy ingredients!

adapted from BrownEyedBaker

Yield: 20 small treats

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

1 medium sweet potato (about 8 ounces), peeled and diced (or canned sweet potato puree)

1¾ cups organic brown rice flour*

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 egg, lightly beaten

plus extra beaten egg for brushing treats (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the cut sweet potato in a small saucepan, cover with water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Ensure that the potatoes can be easily pierced with a knife, then remove from heat, drain and allow to cool.

Puree the sweet potatoes in a food processor or blender until completely smooth.

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In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and flaxseed meal.

Add the sweet potato puree, applesauce and 1 beaten egg to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.

Dump out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters (bone, heart shapes).

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Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and brush with beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

*Note: You could replace the rice flour with whole wheat flour or other flour.

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“Here, Fido! Come and get it!”

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LIVE LOVE BARK.

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On Thanksgiving, don’t fur-get to give the dog a bone. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

What special treats do you make for your pet?

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“Treats” photo courtesy of Sue O’Bryan. Original Photos courtesy of Seedy Lawyer.  All rights reserved.

  • Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. I think it is so important that we are as conscious about what we feed our animals as ourselves. This sounds like a healthy nutrition recipe.have a health happy Thanksgiving.

  • What a wonderful gift to give a dog owner. I never made dog treats but I walk my dog with a group. It might be a nice holiday thing to give out. Pinned. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites. We will be live tonight 8:30 EST. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  • Clairejustineo

    What a great idea 🙂 love these but I’ve not got a dog 🙁

    Pinned and featuring later at Creative Mondays, thanks for linking up 🙂

  • Jann Olson

    Now that is one lucky dog! I’m sure they love the flavor and healthy too! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  • Stephanie

    I’ve got to make these for my Lucy Beth!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  • Sunny

    Thanks for the biscuits. Daisy loved them! so much that she tried jumping up onto the counter where I had the package of them.