I love making homemade dog treats for my pups. I save so much money, I know what is in the treat and it is so much healthier for them. These sweet potato ginger dog treats have healthy ingredients and don't take that long to make. Of course Maya and Macey love them!
There are so many sweet potato products on the market for dogs, for good reason. According to Pet MD, 'they provide lots of nutritional benefits. They are rich in beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Sweet potatoes also contain lots of fiber which helps keep your dog regular, vitamins C and B6, potassium, calcium and iron.'
However, while they are healthy, they are still a carbohydrate so should be given to your dogs in moderation. If it is a new food added to their diet, always start slowly and introduce small amounts at a time.
The ginger is a new spice I'm trying for my dogs. It too is very healthy and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Ginger can also soothe their digestive system. I think fresh ginger can be a little strong so I only use a small amount of ground ginger.
This is how I make the sweet potato ginger dog treats:
I use my mandolin to slice the sweet potatoes for baking. You can easily cut them with a knife. I just like using it because the mandolin helps me make them in similar thickness. This will allow the sweet potatoes to dry about the same time.
The sweet potatoes are placed on a cookie sheet and lightly sprayed with coconut oil. I very lightly sprinkle ground ginger over the potatoes. They are baked in a slow 250°F oven for approximately 3-4 hours. Halfway through baking, I turn them to help crisp the sweet potatoes.
I like the sweet potatoes to be completely cooked almost dehydrated, and my dogs love the crunch. I store mine at room temperature in a jar. If you don't want to bake them to this doneness, I would suggest keeping in the refrigerator. They do shrink so you won't have as large of volume as precooked, but they are still cheaper than most treats on the market and your dogs will love them!Print
These sweet potato and ginger treats are crunchy and full of nutrients that your dogs will love!
3 - 4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
Coconut baking spray
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Cut sweet potatoes in even thickness
Place on baking sheet and lightly spray with coconut oil
Sprinkle ground ginger on one side of sweet potato
Bake in 250°F oven for 3-4 hours , turning halfway through. Bake until sweet potatoes are completely dry.
I don't peel my sweet potatoes. I just scrub them very well, cutting out any dark spots.
I store the sweet potato ginger dog treats in a glass jar at room temperature and they last over a week. If yours are not as dry, or you want them to last longer, store in refrigerator. Your dogs will love them just as much.
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