OVEN & DEHYDRATOR OPTIONS
These homemade, one ingredient treats are a delicious, healthy option for dogs.
They also make a great gift!
My guys LOVE these treats, and I love that they are healthy. I admit to purchasing a bag of these when I haven’t had time to make them (dehydrating does take a bit of time), but they are costly (when you consider the price of the sweet potato), and I love putting my heart into making treats for my dogs.
Although they take a considerable amount of time, they are probably the easiest treats to make; simply slice and dehydrate.
Maybe I should have led with the time factor being mostly hands-free
For small to medium dogs, you might prefer to slice them into rounds (widthwise). Depending on the size of the potato, and for larger dogs, you can also slice lengthwise. I only give one of these treats each, per day and it takes them a while to get through them. They look forward to their sweet potato treat.
Each dog picks a spot in the house to chew their treat. I love watching them hold the slice in their paws and chew.
-Rinse and scrub sweet potatoes
-Slice widthwise or lengthwise, ensuring they are not thinner than 1/4″
I used a mandoline for slicing, resulting in consistent, 1/3″ slices. Any thinner, you’ll have chips, and thicker pieces will take forever to dehydrate and be tough.
The goal is to end up with a ‘dog chew’ treat
It’s easy to dehydrate fruits and vegetables in the oven. Turn the oven to the lowest setting (200)
Dehydrate them in the oven on a lined pan for about six to eight hours, flipping halfway (at the three-hour mark), checking you’re on track for chewy pieces. Then inspect every 15-20 minutes until the desired level of chewiness is achieved.
Place the slices on the food dehydrator racks
Set the dehydrator to 135˚ F
Dry for six to seven hours, checking at six hours to test the chew factor.
Store sweet potato treats in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.
I hope your pups love these fall coloured chew treats!
Kamira Gayle says
I love these sweet potato dog treat ideas. Perfect DIY from home and as a dog mom you know exactly what’s in your treats! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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..and so easy! Thanks, Kamira.
Oh this is wonderful! My pup loves sweet potatoes. I wasn’t sure about the time on making sweet potato chews at home. That’s a great idea to do rounds for smaller dogs. I’ll pick up some of these yummy potatoes at my next grocery trip. Thanks for the great recipe and I know Henry thanks you as well.
Ruth Epstein says
They look so yummy and I wish Layla would eat them but Miss picky will not eat them, I have tried in the past and she stuck her nose and then buried it in my bed.
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My dogs love sweet potatoes! I need to make them some of these treats!
jana rade says
Yummy, healthy treat. We use dehydrated organ meats, regular meats, lungs, and stuff like that. I’d love to offer sweet potato chips too, but I can’t see my dog touching that; if it ain’t meat, it ain’t for me, she says.