Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Dog Treats

This is not what I planned on making. I’d planned to make dehydrated sweet potato dog treats without a dehydrator, but then my husband and I went downtown… We went in this cute old-timey store with all sorts of nick-knacks including the most darling dog-bone shaped cookie cutter I’ve ever laid eyes on. So you see my problem? Clearly I needed the cookie cutter, and then I needed an excuse to use it, ASAP!! Full disclosure, the cookie cutter was only $0.99, and I believe I’ll be making these treats again and again after pup’s reaction to them!! I’m thinking these will be perfect Christmas presents for the pup-parents in my life.

I already had 2 sweet potatoes at home to make the other treats. However, I don’t eat sweet potatoes except in a casserole for Thanksgiving and Christmas, meaning I had no idea how to cook them. Initial findings led me towards hours of baking in the oven, but I prefer to keep my oven use to a minimum. Further research led me to how to cook a sweet potato in the microwave! Now we’re talking!

How to cook a sweet potato in the microwave:

  1. Place the sweet potatoes on a plate.
  2. Puncture the skin 3-4 times with a fork on the top and bottom.
  3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the sweet potatoes so the bottom is now facing up.
  5. Microwave for another 5 minutes.
  6. Cut the tops and scoop out the middle.

Simple enough. The potatoes were very tender and mashed up easily.

Now to prepare the treat dough.

1 C. cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

2 1/2 C. flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)

3/4 C. creamy peanut butter

1/4 C. old fashioned oats

2 eggs

Combine all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until they form a dough ball. (The dough should not be sticky so add flour as necessary to thicken the dough or water if the dough is too stiff.) Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough to between 1/4″-1/2″ thickness.

IMG_1588Cut out your shapes, of course any cookie cutter or even just cutting into squares would work. Lay the cut outs on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until brown around the edges. Please let them cool completely before feeding them to your dog. Store in an airtight container!IMG_1595

 

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