These organic sweet potato dog chews are a staple in our house and they’re super easy to make!
If Odin could pick his favorite dog treat, I’m 99% sure it would be anything made with sweet potato.
I would even go as far as to say that sweet potato trumps peanut butter in his world.
He just loves his sweet potatoes and the crunchier the better!
His favorite treat is the organic homemade sweet potato dog chews that I make him just about every other week and I don’t mind one bit because they’re SO easy to make.
All you need for these dog treats is 2 ingredients: organic sweet potatoes and a little bit of Ceylon cinnamon and your set!
I buy organic because honestly, our local grocery store doesn’t clearly label their yams and sweet potatoes so I just buy the organic ones that are wrapped and clearly labeled.
Is there a difference between yams and sweet potatoes?
There is a difference between yams and sweet potatoes and it can get a little confusing!
Both are tubular vegetables but yams are usually bigger, have darker skin.
The flesh of American sweet potatoes is often orange but they can also come in purple and yellow and have a sweet taste.
Yams are more yellow in color and have a starchier taste, according to the Food Network.
Can dogs eat yams and sweet potatoes?
Yep! Dogs can eat both yams and sweet potatoes in moderation, in fact, many dry dog foods contain sweet potatoes.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before adding any new food to your dog’s diet and some dogs may not tolerate sweet potatoes due to allergies.
Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Chews Recipe
- 4 large organic sweet potatoes
- Ceylon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 250°F
- Wash and dry organic sweet potatoes
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Slice organic sweet potatoes into round slices about 1/8″ inch
- Place sweet potatoes on a lined baking sheet-go ahead and put them close together because they’re going to shrink!
- Sprinkle lightly with Ceylon cinnamon
- Cook in the oven for 2 1/2 – 3 hours flipping over halfway through
- Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
Between 3 dogs, ours don’t last a week but I do store them in an airtight container. If you have some left after 7 days, store them in the fridge.
Also, if yours are more on the chewier side, store them in the fridge regardless to prevent mold from forming.
Since Odin likes his sweet potato chews crunchy, I turn the oven off after the recommended time and let them crisp up in there.
I switch between cutting them up in round slices to cutting them longways into longer chews so you can do it either way.
The thicker the slices, the longer the bake time!
Depending on how thick you cut your slices and how big your organic sweet potatoes are, you’ll end up with about 60 slices.
You don’t have to use cinnamon but if you choose to, use Ceylon because it’s said to be safer for dogs.
You can also use coconut oil or just keep them plain!