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.

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

Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

  • Servings: 2-3 Dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. 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.)
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough to between 1/4″-1/2″ thickness.
  4. Cut 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.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until brown around the edges.
  6. Cool and store in an airtight container.

PLEASE LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE FEEDING THEM TO YOUR DOG.

 

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Homemade Organic Paw Balm

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Hayden loves hanging out in is crate since momma made him a bed and crate cover.

I’m sure you can tell that my dog doesn’t get any special treatment… HAHA! Yeah, I knew I couldn’t keep a straight face. In May 2016 we added our baby boy, Hayden, to our family. We adopted him through a rescue specializing in American Eskimo Dogs. Unfortunately, there is not much history on him except he was picked up by animal control and never claimed. From day one he had very dry pads, but as the weather started to change they continued to dry out. My husband and I often had scratches and abrasions from his rough paw pads. I wasn’t pleased with options for sale, but I found and tweaked recipes for this magic stick of hydrating goodness!! 

Please see my post here on the products I purchase to make my homemade beauty products.

Simply swipe across your puppy’s paws to hydrate and heal chapped paw pads.

Organic Paw Balm


Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons White Beeswax Pellets
  • 2 Tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10-20 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

Directions

  1. Combine beeswax pellets, coconut oil, shea butter and sweet almond oil in a double boiler.
  2. Heat on low-medium heat, stirring frequently, until completely melted and combined.
  3. Remove from heat. Add vitamin e oil and lavender essential oil, stir together.
  4. Pour into deodorant stick containers.
  5. Allow to cool completely before use.

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