Sherman and Leroy love sweet potato dog chews.
They love them so much that I have spent a small fortune buying them bags of sweet potato chews from the store.
Then one day the light went on my head. It’s just sweet potatoes. It’s a single ingredient treat. Why am I buying these and not making them?
So for the past few months that has been what I’ve been doing.
It’s so easy and if your dog likes sweet potatoes you should give it try!
DIY dehydrated sweet potato chews recipe for dogs:
- Go to the store and grab some sweet potatoes. I have big dogs so I try to find the biggest sweet potatoes that I can. I usually get 2 and it gives me about 20 slices. (give or take)
- Wash and dry sweet potatoes
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. I ran out the other day and didn’t line my cookie sheets with anything and had minor sticking action BUT my cookie sheets are very well used 😉
- Slice them up. The way you slice them is up to you. I slice them lengthwise to get bigger, longer chews but you can cut them widthwise if you want more of a round chip size. You can even cut them into french fries if you want! Go crazy! The thicker you cut them, the chewier they will be. I cut them about 1/4 inch. Because sweet potatoes can be hard to cut I always cut a slice off the bottom so it’s more stable on the cutting board.
- Place on cookie sheet and bake for 3-5 hours, flipping them over halfway through.
- If you want a crunchier chew, leave them in 20-30 minutes. I normally bake them for 3 hours and then leave them in the oven while it cools.
- After they cool, sweet potato chews can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and placed in the fridge for about 2 weeks. They can be frozen for a few months!
You can dress up your homemade sweet potato dog chews by sprinkling them with cinnamon, spreading on some coconut oil or drizzling them with carob.
The small bag of sweet potato dog chews that I buy from the store costs $15. I bought 2 sweet potatoes for $4 and got more chews!
So what’s so good about sweet potatoes?
Leroy likes hard, crunchy things but Leroy can’t have things like bully sticks because they are too high in fat and protein. These give him a healthy treat that he can crunch on. Sherman just loves them.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, manganese, and magnesium. They also contain calcium, iron, and zinc and are low in sodium.
Sweet potatoes are high in dietary fiber which is good for digestive health. They are low in fat and are rich in beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes contain Vitamins A, C, E, and B6.
Does your dog like sweet potato chews? Have you ever made them?
As with any food, we always recommend that you speak to your veterinarian before adding it to your dog’s diet.