Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe

With all of recent scares over dog treats from China being dangerous for pets, I have only been giving the dogs homemade dog treats. Since sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins, I tried making some sweet potato dog chews and they turned out great. These sweet potato dog treats are a great replacement for rawhide chews which are not easily digested by dogs.

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All you need are 3 medium sweet potatoes and either an oven or dehydrator. I used the dehydrator, but am sure the oven method would turn out just as good.

Wash and dry sweet potatoes. Cut each sweet potato into 1/4 inch slices length-wise. A mandolin would be great for this, but I don’t have one. A sharp knife worked fine for this.

No lemon juice is needed for these chews, dogs don’t like citrus or care if they turn brown.

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Dehydrator method: Place sweet potato slices on dehydrator trays, making sure they are not touching. Dry the potatoes for at least 14 hours. I did not get up in the middle of the night to turn my machine off, and they came out just fine after 18 hours. Cool on wire rack.

Oven method: Place prepared sweet potato slices on parchment lined cookie sheets. Heat in 250 degree oven for between 3 to 4 hours, turning half way through. Cool on wire rack.

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Store sweet potato dog chew treats in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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  1. says

    I am seeing more and more bloggers talking about making their own dog treats…meaning I have to try it for myself! Thanks for sharing this easy starter recipe – I’m sure my Hunter will love it! :)

  2. Jamie Reis says

    I have a yorkie poo and the scare about the China treats hurting animals are a huge scare to us, so we started trying to make treats ourselves, but these I havent tried, I cant wait to make them, maybe even try salt and pepper one or two and try them myself, lol

  3. Tracey Taylor says

    sounds like a great treat for my dog.lots of manufactured treats give her bladder problems so we have to watch what we give her

  4. says

    What a great idea for a healthy dog treat! It is not easy to find these types of treats, and my dog loves treats, so thank you for sharing this. :-)

  5. Blake's Grandma says

    Can these be frozen? I prefer to make a somewhat bulk type thing. I’m assuming it woud have to be in more of a total moisture proof method?

  6. Blake's Grandma says

    I’ll have to test drive that one then and get back to you! He’s a tad on the heavy side so I worry about the calories. Stay tuned on the freezing.

  7. Ruth Bross says

    Just want you to know that I made these treats . My dog loves them and so does my daughters dog. Thanks so much

  8. says

    We have been making our own dog treats for sometime now, but without sugar, margarine, egg, etc. We do a healthy recipe using Pumpkin, also good for dogs’ digestion, and we grind brown rice for the flour with some ground Flax seed. Best of all our canine companions love them,

  9. Karen says

    I’ve been making my own sweet potato rawhides for about a year now. I slice them with a meat slicer and they all come out evenly cut. I dehydrate them in my dehydrator. My Kayla absolutely loves them and they are her treat of preference. I’m thinking of trying some with coconut oil brushed on them for added nutrition and flavor. Will try and post back on how that works out.

  10. Claudia A. says

    We have been making our dog treats for a long time…buying the treats are too expensive and not good for them. We make ours without any added stuff. They love the sweet potato treats and the pumpkin ones. Plus we give them green beans. We have 2 chihuahuas and we cut them smaller.

  11. says

    I’ve been drying sweet potato chips for quite a few years. I have broke several mandolines over the years from slicing sweet potatoes. Instead of cutting them long way, I slice them the short way. I use the slicer for my Kitchenaide mixer, and I pack them onto the dehydrator trays-as they dry, they shrink (alot), them I shake them apart alittle bit. They are completely dry in about a day. I use them as treats and in the food bowl, to cut-down on calories abit (removing alittle kibble and replace with chips) The dogs LOVE them. My dad would always say dogs like things that sound like bird bones crunching (have you ever dropped macaroni or spaghetti noodles that wern’t cooked-crunch,crunch). I like that I know exactly what my dogs are eating. No Cr-p from China for my pets.

  12. dean says

    Is it best to put the sweet potatoes in the dehydrator raw or can u even cook them a bit so they’re tender (I.e. microwave or oven). Does it matter?

    • Angela says

      I have only tried putting them raw into the dehydrator. If you slice them a little thicker they seem to be more crunchy on the outside and a little more chewy on the inside.

  13. shelley culbert says

    My dad found these at the store for this little girl of ours that has him by the heart strings. We have never seen her get so excited about any thing the way she does for these. The ones we get have a piece of chicken wrapped around the sweet potato and then dried. I am going to try making them both ways. Any one have any idea on the calories of just a plain dried piece of sweet potato.

  14. Stacie says

    I am trying these right now in the dehydrator. What consistency should I look for ? Completely crunchy or still a bit chewy? I had to use a knife to cut them so I sliced them similar to scalloped potatoes due to not being able to slice lengthwise.

  15. Lisa says

    I have some of these in my dehydrator right now. There are 114 cal in one cup of cubed sweet potatoes. So I’m sure there are not very many in just one slice since I can get about six slices from one sweet potato.

      • Anita says

        I’m doing mine at 150 so it will speed it up a bit. I will get back to you how it works out. :) Thank you for posting this recipe! I’m sure my little doggie (and me) will love them.

  16. Angie says

    Are these sweet potatoe chews should they be very crisp or somewhat chewy. Because I did mine on my dehydrator for 12 hours & they are not chewy at all.

    • Angela says

      I find that if you cut the slices a little thicker they are a little more chewy. My dogs actually seem to prefer them a bit more crispy.

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