Recipe: Sweet Potato & Turkey Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats are a great way to add a little nutritional boost to your pet's diet. They're much healthier than most commercial treats and cheaper than high-quality commercial treats as well. These sweet potato and turkey dog treats are easy to make and very affordable.

Most pet owners don't want to make homemade dog treats because of the time involved in preparing them. While some recipes can be quite time-consuming, these turkey dog treats are made with only four ingredients and require just a few minutes of prep time.

These homemade dog treats bake in about 30 minutes and can be made in bulk quantities to be frozen for later use.

These aren't like traditional dog biscuits, either. These treats are soft and a bit moist in the middle. They are the perfect snack for dogs with dental issues or missing teeth.

Sweet Potato & Turkey Dog Treats Recipe

Turkey dog treats

Most dogs love the taste of sweet potato, and they are very healthy for your pup. Sweet potatoes are low in fat and high in dietary fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.

Like carrots, these veggies are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A when processed by your dog's body. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for proper growth, muscle strength, and vision.

Sweet potatoes can also help soothe an upset stomach.

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Recipe: Sweet Potato & Turkey Dog Treats

I used some leftover turkey to make these treats. You can use fresh turkey, ground turkey or another protein source if you choose.

You could substitute beef, venison or fish for the turkey, if your dog has a preference. You could also make multiple batches with different protein sources to add some variety to your pet's snacks.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: about 140 treats 1x
  • Category: Baked Treats
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: Dog Treats

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (plain)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups cooked turkey (diced)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed sweet potatoes, water and egg. Stir until evenly blended.

Add the turkey and flour and combine until it forms a dough. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Spread the dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. It should be about 1/4-1/2″ thick.

Using a butter knife, score the dough into small squares that are appropriately sized for your dog.

Bake the treats for 30 minutes. They will turn golden brown. They will still be slightly moist and soft.

If you'd like the treats to be crunchy, bake them for an additional 20-30 minutes.

Once the treats have completely cooled, you can break them apart on the score lines. You can feed them to your dog sparingly as soon as they have cooled.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 treat
  • Calories: 9
  • Sugar: .1 g
  • Sodium: 2.5 mg
  • Fat: .1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.2 g
  • Fiber: .1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.5 mg

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How to store: Store leftover turkey dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 12-14 days. Remember that homemade treats do not have the preservatives that store-bought products do.

They will not last as long. If you'd like, you can freeze these treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

For More Information

We publish many homemade dog food and treat recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to the home-cooked dog food world, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.

Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.