Friday, October 5, 2012

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Success!!  I may never buy soft dog treats again!  All three of my dogs love the sweet potato doggy biscuits I whipped up tonight.  I had no idea what I was doing, I just sort of winged it.  All three dogs love sweet potato, especially our oldest dog, Buck as you can read about here.  I wanted to avoid things that are bad for them like cow's milk, which they can't digest, and corn which is used way too much as a filler in dog food and I believe may inhibit the absorption of iron because it does in humans.  Our dogs don't have any known food allergies so I didn't get too uptight about gluten or eggs or stuff like that. 


Steel Cut Oats

1 large baked sweet potato
2 1/4 cups oat flour 
2 eggs
1/4 cup peas and carrots
1/4-1/2 cup water
1  1/2 TBS olive oil, plus more to grease pan.

Bake a large sweet potato and let cool.  Keep oven on at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or preheat oven to 350.  While sweet potato is cooling, make some oat flour out of 2 cups steel cut oats (rolled oats would work fine too) by putting them in a blender and blending until it is a coarse flour.  Put oat flour in a small mixing bowl. When sweet potato is cool enough to handle, split it open and use a spoon or rubber spatula to get all the good stuff into a medium sized mixing bowl.  Next, put the sweet potato peel, 1/4 cup of the peas and carrots and enough water in a blender to puree to baby food consistency.  Add puree, olive oil, 1.5 cups of the oat flour, and 2 eggs to the sweet potato, and blend well.  Keep adding oat flour until you have a stiff batter/sticky dough.  Grease a jelly roll pan then spread batter in pan to about a 1/4" thickness.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until just starting to brown around edges.  Let cool, cut into desired size squares and store in the fridge. 
Afton enjoying his sweet potato treat.

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