This a super easy recipe for homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews.
You folks LOVE Flora’s 3-Ingredient Dog Treats so much that I figured you were ready for another super easy treat for your 4-legged loves. Enter this Sweet Potato Dog Chew! And if you thought a 3-ingredient recipe was great, I know you’ll love a 1-ingredient recipe even more.
I’ll show you how to make dehydrated, sweet potato dog chews.
First things first…
can dogs eat sweet potatoes?
I chatted with my vet before I made these Sweet Potato Dog Chews and got the thumbs up, with the caveat that these are ‘snacks’ and not her primary diet. Per our vet’s recommendation, Flora is on a grain-based diet, important for the amino acids that grains are rich.
Supplementing her grain-based diet with Sweet Potato treats is not only just o.k. but actually good for her. Sweet Potatoes are rich in Vitamins A, B6, and C and calcium, potassium, and iron; the benefits for humans are the same for our puppers.
All that being said, it is not recommended for dogs to eat raw sweet potatoes. Dried, dehydrated, and cooked sweet potatoes are much more digestible for dogs. These sweet potato dog chews are ideal as a nice treat for your pooch.
So, back to these yummy and healthy chews:
Truly, it’s just a matter of slicing your sweet potatoes and drying/dehydrating them in either your dehydrator or your oven. That being said, the thickness with that you slice them is important. Too thin, you end up with sweet potato chips, and too thick, and you have sweet potato leather/rubber.
how long does it take to dehydrate sweet potato chews?
Well, it can take a while, but your dog will let you know these homemade sweet potato dog treats are well worth the wait! Low and slow is best.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, that means you will tie up your oven for the better part of the day. The chart in the recipe gives 3 different temp settings to use as a reference, you’ll need to just check from time to time.
how thin should i slice sweet potatoes for the dog chews?
So, what’s the Goldilock’s thickness for these chews? When I was experimenting with how to make these sweet potato dog chews, my trial and error showed that between 1/4″ (.635cm) and 1/3″ (.846 cm) is the Sweet Spot (see what I did there?) for Sweet Potato Dog Chew thickness.
Sweet Potato Dog Chews
- 2 large sweet potatoes about 3-4 inches in diameter
- Wash Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat your oven or dehydrator. See Note below.
- To soften your sweet potato to make it easier for slicing, microwave each sweet potato for 1 minute. Add 30-second increments until it is just soft enough to cut safely.
- With a knife or a mandoline, slice the sweet potato. For small dogs, cut the sweet potato into rounds, and for larger dogs, cut lengthwise.
- Cut your sweet potatoes to a thickness of between 1/4" and 1/3"
- Place slices on a rack so that the air can circulate on all sides, leaving space between the slices.
- Place sweet potato slices in your oven or dehydrator and dehydrate per the chart below.
- Let cool and store in an air-tight container.
- Dehydrate at 115° for 10-12 hours
- Dehydrate at 135° for 6-8 hours
- Dehydrate at 200° for 2-3 hours
looking for more goodie recipes for your 4-legged love?
In addition to these homemade sweet potato dog chews, we have several dog treat recipes. Check out this very popular 3-Ingredient Dog Treats recipe, these Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats, and these Pumpkin Dog Treats. Or, you can head over to see all of our dog treat recipes in one place!
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