Monday, March 11, 2013

Pinterest Inspiration: Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Yesterday was a perfect cloudy Portland day to stay inside and make homemade sweet potato dog chews for Athena.  I've been lusting over a few recipes for these on Pinterest, so it was about time that I made a batch.  Not to mention that I always contemplate buying a bag of store-bought sweet potato chews whenever I see them, but I end up passing them by because a) why spend money when I can make them for super cheap and b) if I make them myself, I will know 100% what's in them.

My recipe for these dog chews was inspired by a few pins on my Pinterest Dog Recipes board including this onethis one, and this one.

Here's what I did to make these tasty (and healthy!) treats:

  • 2-3 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

How to Make Em':
  1.  Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  2.  Prepare a cookie sheet by lightly coating it with olive oil
  3.  Wash the potatoes and then thinly slice them into rounds (I tried to slice mine to be about 1/4-1/2 inch thick).  You could use a mandolin or food processor for this step to make the slices the same thickness, however I don't think that Athena minds that mine weren't perfect =)

4. Lay out your round potato slices onto the cookie sheet.  It's OK if the slices touch, but try not to overlap them.

5. Bake for 4-5 hours (depending on if you want chewy or crunchy chews).  Flip the potatoes every hour.  Because mine weren't perfectly sliced, I got the best of both worlds (chewy and crunchy).
6. Remove the chews from the oven and let cool.

7. Feed them to your dog as a delicious snack or tummy soother!

Staring at the deliciousness would be just too much to bear!
Athena thought these treats were DELICIOUS!  We plan to use the crunchy ones for special training treats that are low-calorie and healthy and the chewy ones will be great for an after-school snack ;)

Have you ever made any dehydrated dog chews (in a fancy dehydrator or in the oven)?  How did your dog like them?

Check out these Pinterest inspired Peanut Butter Dog Treats that I also made


  1. Nice. I made some of these in my dehydrator once, but the dogs weren't really fans of them. I think next time I try it I will precook the sweet potatoes a bit first, by boiling them in beef stock to give them a little extra flavor.

    1. That's a good idea to add some extra flavor. I wish I had a dehydrator- oh, the possibilities!!!

  2. Corbin LOVES sweet potatoes! So we've made these, but we've also made them length wise and a bit thicker, which provides him with something that lasts a little longer and used more as a special treat. We also have a wavey cutter that creates ridges and helps keep his teeth clean too!
    -Corbin's momma, Jenn

    1. Ooooohhhh, I like the idea of cutting them with a wave cutter to help keep the teethsies clean! Your mama is so smart, Corbin!

  3. Making these STAT! Love it, thank you!!!

  4. I must have found the same recipe. I made them this past weekend. Looks like Athena liked them just as much as Nola did.

  5. Great idea! I have yet to dehydrate any treats for Rufus - I must try this :)

  6. Mmmm looks yummy Athena! Also looks very simple to make.

  7. YAY! Thanks for the recipe. Ed & Tess will be thanking you (if I ever get around to actually making them...)!!

  8. Great post! I pay way too much for Sams Yams which Ray loooves, so I will definitely be making these for him.

  9. The sweet potato chews are Turk's favesies! Although, we are almost out so it might be time to make them again (thanks for the reminder)!

  10. Oh ya, we're wanting to make these! I just bought a dehydrator two days ago and tried apples and bananas for the human element. Yummy! When I go for groceries I plan to buy some sweet potatoes to try. I too would rather make treats for the dogs to avoid the over-priced and processed. Yum, can't wait to make these!

  11. Oh Athena, you lucky pup! Mom keeps saying she will make these tasty things for me, but I am still waiting!

  12. We made these today in our dehydrator!! Can't wait to see how they have turned out!!!

  13. I make a lot of homemade treats in the dehydrator. I do sweet potatoes, banana chips, and my own chicken jerky. It's comforting to know it's all 100% natural and human grade.

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