Homemade diy healthy veggie dog biscuits made with sweet potato and peas. Only 4 ingredients needed to make these simple treats for your furry friends!
Earlier this year our children began asking for a pet. Up until now we have gotten by with fish, hamsters, a bunny, and a gecko. Notice the pattern. Yes, they are all caged/tank pets. I like when “waste” is confined. It makes for a much easier clean-up and who doesn’t like easy clean-up?
Well, then they started mentioning the “d” word. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t have 4 letters.) Yep, our kids began asking for a d-o-g. This isn’t the first time they’ve asked for a dog. No, they’ve asked plenty of times in the past, but we were somehow able to distract them with a fish or a new toy. Those were the good old days. Now, they’re older and wiser and can see right through my ploys.
I didn’t have any specific reasons why I didn’t want a dog, just that they require a lot of work and training and food and attention. I could see it all falling on me, just like how I was the one who ended up feeding and taking care of the fish, hamsters, bunny, and gecko. We dog-sat a few times as well, and after scrubbing the carpet several times due to “accidents,” I knew I didn’t want to be doing that permanently.
Then, as in earlier this year, we moved halfway across the U.S., away from our family, friends and all things familiar, into a totally new area. It was a big adjustment for all of us, especially for our children, but they handled it so well. I knew at that point they had matured and deserved the opportunity to have a dog of their own.
We found the perfect dog for our family. His name is Remington, we call him Remy, and he is the sweetest dog I could ever hope for. He brings so much joy to our family and we all love him very much!
I found a cute bone-shaped cookie cutter at Sur La Table, so I knew I needed to come up with an easy recipe for dog biscuits. Dogs don’t need all of the extra stuff, like seasonings and leavening agents, therefore these only require 4 ingredients! Simplicity at its best!
Begin by mixing together your sweet potato puree and egg. Slowly stir in your flour until it becomes a thick dough. I used Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free flour, but regular all-purpose flour will work too. You could probably even use a grain-free flour, like buckwheat or almond flour, but I haven’t tested it. As far as I’m concerned you just need a flour that will thicken the sweet potato mixture into a dough.
Knead in the peas and add more flour, if needed. I like to add the peas at the end so they stay whole. Roll out onto a floured surface until it’s 1/4-inch thick. Dust the dough with more flour to keep it from sticking. Lay cut-out dough onto a lightly greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30-40 minutes, until the biscuits are firm and golden-brown.
Remove from the oven and cool throughly on cooling racks. Moisture from the warmth will make the biscuits soft when stored. Store in a cookie jar, container, or paper bag for ventilation. If biscuits get soft you can crisp them back up by placing in a 300F oven for 5-10 minutes.
I love these homemade treats because they’re simple, full of wholesome ingredients, and inexpensive to make. You can also make a double batch and give some away as gifts too! Who wouldn’t appreciate healthy, homemade treats for their furry friends? Hope your dog(s) enjoys these diy healthy veggie dog biscuits as much as ours did!
- 3/4 cups sweet potato puree
- 1 egg**
- 1 1/4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour* (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free flour)
- 1/4 cup thawed peas
- Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, combine sweet potato puree and egg. I used puree from a leftover baked sweet potato. Slowly add flour, mixing until dough is thick. Knead in peas. Add extra flour, if needed, until it's thick like biscuit dough. Place dough onto a floured surface and roll to 1/4” thick disc. Use a cookie cutter and cut out as many biscuits as possible. Re-roll scraps and continue to cut out biscuits until all the dough is used up. If you don’t have a cutter, you can use a knife or pizza cutter to cut squares or rectangles. Place cut dough onto a lightly greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Yields about a dozen (depends on your cookie cutter.)
- *You can try using a grain-free flour if you'd like, although I haven't tested it. You really just need flour to thicken the puree & egg mixture.
- *You can use a flax egg if your dog is allergic.