Can I be honest? I never did understand the slogan, “the dog days of summer?” Is it supposed to mean that the summer days are slowing down like our dogs are starting to get lazy? What if we have a dog that seems to never slow down? Does the slogan then mean it’s when summer is at it’s best? See what I mean, it’s a very confusing saying, but none the less it’s one of my favorite topics here on the blog!
As the obsessive dog lover that I am, I really can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make my own dog treats. I pretty much cater to Dexie and prop her on pedestal, but never took the time to make her a special treat. We did celebrate her 9th birthday last week and that was just the push I needed to get in the kitchen! When it comes to her dog food, I want to ensure it’s not filled with unnecessary additives and the same goes for her treats (we’ve all heard the horror stories of the dog food industry). Here’s the good news, you’ll never have to worry about it again after making a batch of these homemade sweet potato dog biscuits.
When Wayfair sent along these super cute dog bone / fire hydrant cookie cutters, I started brainstorming what combination of ingredients I wanted to use. Since her dog food has a base of sweet potato, I decided to stick with that so it wouldn’t be a shock to her stomach. You have two options with the sweet potato, you can bake it for 45-50 minutes at 400° and then puree it OR you can buy a few jars of sweet potato baby food (organic, unsalted). It really just depends on how much time and effort you want to put into making your dog biscuits.
Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits
5 oz sweet potato puree (a little more than 1/2 cup)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour*
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp flaxseed
1 egg, beaten
I used a gluten free all-purpose flour to ensure this recipe was grain free.
Preheat oven to 350° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a glass mixing bowl, combine the sweet potato, flour, oats, honey and flaxseed. Mix until well combined. Use your hands to form a ball with the dough.
Sprinkle flour on the countertop and roll the dough until 1/4″ thick.
Using dog biscuit cookie cutters, cut out the shapes you prefer by placing them onto the dough, pressing down and wiggling the cutter. This helps separate it from the other dough.
Use a flat spatula to place the cut-out dough onto the lined baking sheet. Continue until all the dough has been used and cookie sheet is full.
Lightly brush a small amount of egg wash onto the top of the biscuits. This will give them a golden hue.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until crisp. Let cool completely before serving to your pet.
Dexie was pretty eager to taste one of her dog biscuits right after they came out of the oven! There was no fooling her that whatever was baking smelled delicious and she wanted a bite of it. I feel so much better rewarding her with a treat that I baked in my own kitchen and knowing exactly what it’s made of. With any big dog, especially retrievers, we have to be very conscious about keeping extra weight off their hips so they’ll stay strong into their later years. These thin, crispy sweet potato dog biscuits are the perfect, healthy reward for being a good girl.
The summer weather doesn’t seem to be cooling down out here in Southern California, but Dexie and I are enjoying the next week in beautiful Wisconsin at the lake before fall starts to roll in. I guess it truly is the dog days of summer around here!
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