Homemade 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 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.