Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

With Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

The main ingredients in this dog biscuit recipe include whole flour, sweet potatoes and carrots, with a touch of coconut oil and some cheddar cheese to add a bit more flavor and nutrients for your poochie.

This homemade dog treat recipe is high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, minerals (potassium, iron, calcium). Good for the eyes and digestive system. As this biscuit is a bit high in fat due to the cheddar cheese, if your dog is a bit pudgy, reduce the amount of cheese.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins B complex and C, beta-carotene (precursor of vitamin A), and minerals (e.g. calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium). They also have powerful antioxidant properties.

It has been found that when in the GI tract, the antioxidants in sweet potatoes may be able to reduce the health risk posed by free radicals and heavy metals. Therefore, sweet potatoes are good not only for dogs with GI problems such as IBD and colitis, but also for healthy dogs since these antioxidants can reduce the potential risk caused by residual heavy metals in the dog's diet (e.g. mercury, arsenic, cadmium).

With high vitamin C levels, sweet potatoes can boost the immune system, making the dog's body stronger against infections, inflammations, and other diseases such as cancer.

The high fiber content of sweet potatoes slows the rate at which sweet potatoes are being broken down into glucose. This prevents an overly quick elevation of the blood sugar level. In fact, sweet potatoes have a much lower glycemic index than white potatoes. Furthermore, sweet potatoes contain a hormone (adiponectin) that modulates insulin metabolism, which leads to better blood sugar regulation. Therefore, sweet potatoes are safe even for dogs with diabetes.

Finally, the high level of vitamin A makes sweet potatoes a good food for eye support.

As this homemade dog treat recipe combines sweet potatoes with carrots, another eye-supporting root vegetable, this dog cookie is good for supporting the eyes as well as the digestive system.

Recipe: Dog Biscuit with Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole flour (e.g. oat flour, quinoa flour, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cooked cooled sweet potatoes, mashed
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

Homemade Dog Treat with Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour and baking powder.
  3. Add the carrots, sweet potatoes, cheese and oil to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Add about 1/4 cup of water and knead the dough until it forms a ball. If the dough is too dry, add more water, one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of saran wrap to desired thickness.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes as desired.
  7. Place them on baking sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes.
  8. Let cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • Be sure to peel the sweet potatoes before cooking and mashing them.
  • You can leave the skin on the carrots.

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