These Sweet Potato Dog Chews only use one-ingredient to make a healthy, homemade dog treat for your favorite pet! DIY dog treats are a great gift too!
My boyfriend dog-napped our labradoodle last weekend.
I don’t think she minded one bit. His guys’ weekend meant she got to spend a 4-day weekend at the beach. Running around off her leash, digging holes in the sand and basically being a wild animal. A far cry from her typical days in Portlandia which consist of wearing her Pendleton wool jacket, attending doggie daycare and then crashing for the night buried amongst all the pillows on our king-sized bed dreaming of when her next Bark Box will arrive. And yet, as extravagant as her Portland-life may sound – She still prefers the freezing cold, pouring down rain… beach.
So – In order to bribe her back into liking me better the guy who takes her to the beach, I spent my weekend baking her treats – Sweet Potato Dog Chews to be precise.
It just takes one ingredient to make these healthy dog chews – and a whole lot of time… But for the majority of the time, it’s completely hands-free.
Start by slicing your sweet potatoes into lengthwise slices about 1/3-inch thick. Any thinner, and they’ll turn into chips, but any thicker, and you’ll have to cook them for ages. What we want are sweet potato chews with a lot of “chew” to them.
I set my oven to the lowest heat setting and let them cook away all day. It ended up taking about 6 hours to get them to that perfect texture – not too soft, but not brittle either. A flip at about the 3-hour mark let me know that they were about halfway there.
Once the cooking is complete, let the sweet potato chews cool in the oven as it cools down, that helps to dehydrate the chews even further.
When that sand-covered labradoodle ran back in the house after her 4-day weekend in beach-heaven, I won her back into my good graces with one little slice of sweet potato…
Sweet Potato Dog Chews
- 3 sweet potatoes
- Preheat oven 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice the ends off sweet potatoes to make for easier slicing. Cut 1/3-inch lengthwise slices using a sharp knife or mandolin.
- Bake for 6 hours, flipping once during the cooking time. After 6 hours, turn off your oven and leave the chews in the oven as it cools.
- Store sweet potato chews in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.