One of my favorite things to make for Zu are these dog treats. He loves my Peanut Butter and Oat recipe a LOT but I had to limit them to control his weight. He’s a large bone, 125 lb German Shepherd so keeping him as trim as possible is a must for his joints.
In this recipe, the ingredients are very basic…sweet potatoes, carrots, oat flour and egg. All organic. I used to buy oat flour but the price was up and down so much and sometimes I couldn’t find it in the stores at all. So, I started making my own in a food processor. Process 1-2 cups at a time until powdery, then sift to separate any larger left over pieces. It has really taken the stress off of searching for it when I get a large order. I prefer to use oat flour in all of my dog recipes because it seems to be a flour that causes the least allergic reactions. Zu is allergic to barley flour and it’s in almost everything out there. He also doesn’t do so well on whole wheat flour.
With Zu, I keep things simple. Like many German Shepherds, he has a sensitive digestive system. He really loves the crunch in these treats, too, so give it a try and see what your pups think.
Sweet Potato and Carrot Dog Treats
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Large mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutter
- Small bowl
- Pastry brush
- 3 cups oat flour
- ½ cup sweet potato boiled or baked
- ½ cup carrots grated
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add oat flour, sweet potato, carrots, 1 egg and water. Mix well until combined into a ball.
- With a rolling pin, roll dough out to ¼-inch thickness on an oat floured surface.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place them on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Beat second egg in a bowl and brush the top of each treat.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until treats are golden brown. Time will vary depending on your oven.
- Turn off your oven and allow treats to cool for 1 hour. This will help make them crunchier.
- If still warm after removing from oven, cool on a wire rack.
- Use organic ingredients when possible.
- The amount of cookies will depend on the size of the cookie cutter.
- Treats can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.