With all of the terrible stories in the news about dogs getting sick from eating tainted dog treats from China, I’m really, really careful about where Kendall’s treats come from. I’ve been making most of them at home. She loves everything sweet potato, so I’ve experimented with a few things.
Dried Sweet Potatoes
I’ve found that putting the sweet potatoes in the food dehydrator overnight dries them out to a point where they’re crunchy but not too hard. It works best if you use an apple corer to punch a hole in the discs of sweet potatoes. They dry a lot better that way. You can also dry the cores into bite size sweet potato treats.
Sweet potato peanut butter treats
I bought too many sweet potatoes the other day to fit in my dryer, so I decided to bake some treats for Kendall. She loves peanut butter, so I mixed in some peanut butter and cinnamon. She loves them!
- 3 to 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
- Steam the sweet potatoes until tender. Mash them or use a ricer to break them down.
- Mix in the eggs and peanut butter.
- Add the cinnamon
- Add 3 cups of flour, mixing as you go. You want a stiff dough that doesn’t stick to your hands. Add flour, as needed, until the dough is easy to work with.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.
- Arrange on a baking sheet. I used a Silpat mat so they wouldn’t stick.
- Bake for about 40 min.
The small gingerbread men took about 30 min., whereas the larger ones took about 40 min. You want them browned and crunchy without being too browned.
Overall, both treats were a big hit. Kendall likes the taste, and I like knowing where the treats come from.