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Scrumptious Sweet Potato Dog Treats

 Scrumptious Sweet Potato Dog Treats
September is the fall harvest time for sweet potatoes and they are perfect for making treats or adding to homemade dog food. Sweet potatoes are an acceptable diet ingredient for dogs, however if your little chubby tell your owner that  sweet potato is full of starch so weight gain is a possibility if too much is fed. Also check the skin of the sweet potatoes and make sure it is clean and free from mold.

This recipe will please your pup and considering it is so easy to make, you will love making batches of sweet potato dog treats for your dog.

Sweet potatoes have much more nutrition than regular potatoes. They’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food. They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They contain vitamin A which also protects against emphysema.
Nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron.

Prep Time: 20 minutes     Makes: about 40-60 treats  Preheat Oven: 180º C (350º F)

The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet po...

The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato, commonly referred to as a yam in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet potato or one large one
  • 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180º C (350º F)
  2. Scrub, peel and cut sweet potato and place in pot of water. Heat water and cook sweet potato unit soft. (you can also microwave or bake unit soft)
  3. Mash sweet potato with masher (microwave/baked: Cut sweet potato in half and scoop out the flesh out into large bowl and mash)
  4. Add apple sauce, and eggs to sweet potato and mix
  5. * option take egg shells and pulverize and add to the mix (great calcium source)
  6. Add whole wheat flour and mix to make a dough
  7. Place dough out on a well-floured surface and roll the dough evenly to about  1 cm (1/2-inch) thick.
  8. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter or cut dough into appropriate sized squares or strips  for your pooch.
  9.  Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes
  10. Let cool on rack
  11. Ask your dog to sit, and give them a tasty sweet potato treat!
note: will keep in fridge for about 10 days, can freeze for longer. You can also freeze the dough for later use.

For your owners:

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