Clean eating means putting fresh, healthy, non-processed foods into our bodies. This philosophy should extend to all members of our family, even the furry ones. The best way to ensure my two dogs are eating healthful, preservative free snacks is to make them at home. Max and Maya go crazy over these all natural, vegetarian, grain free, gluten free, easy to make treats.
What makes these dog cookies unique is the combination of sweet potato and coconut flour. Sweet potatoes not only taste great, but they are loaded with nutrients and they make a healthy addition to your dogs diet. Coconut flour is high in fiber. It's also a great source of protein, iron and is naturally gluten free. The ingredients in this recipe can also help benefit your pups digestion, skin and coat.
All Natural Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Makes approx. 36 cookies
1 large sweet potato
1 large sweet potato
3 tablespoons creamy organic peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
Peel and cut sweet potato into 1 inch chunks. Place sweet potato pieces into a microwave safe bowl, cover with a paper towel and heat for 4-6 minutes until soft. Mash using a potato masher and let cool.
Once sweet potato is cool add peanut butter, honey and blend with a wooden spoon. In separate bowl lightly beat egg and then stir into potato mixture. Gradually stir in flour until just combined. Add one tablespoon coconut oil and use hands to mix until a smooth dough forms. Separate into 2 balls, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle light coconut flour on work surface and roll out dough, on ball at a time. Sprinkle additional flour on dough and rolling pin as needed to prevent dough from sticking. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and bake 20-30 minutes until slightly golden.
Cool completely on wire racks. These dog treats cool to a semi-firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week or in the freezer for up to six months.
For more homemade dog treat recipes and other wellness tips check out my friends over at the DogVacay blog.