The Little Epicurean

Aug 13 2014

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats + Abound Giveaway!

Sweet Potato Dog Treat Biscuits

Get ready.  Today we are going to talk DOGS! (At the end of the post, sign up for a chance to win an Abound Prize Pack and a Kroger Gift Card!)

Is it unusual to make your dog homemade treats?  No.  Am I crazy?  No.  Do I have too much free time?  No.  Trust me, this super easy sweet potato dog treat biscuits recipe will have you baking a batch before you know it.

Last month at the Kroger Abound Pet Food event, I met Capree of Dog Milk.  We started talking about homemade dog treats and she told me about the ingenious idea of using baby food.

Sweet Potato Dog Treat Biscuits

Baby food is the perfect base for dog treats.  For the most part, it’s made out of pureed fruits and vegetables with a little water to thin it out.  Today’s treats are made with sweet potato.  Instead of spending half an hour cooking a sweet potato and then pureeing it and waiting for it to cool, buy baby food!  I got two 3.5 oz containers for $1.  Those two small containers will make 4 dozen treats!

Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

Using four ingredients (gluten-free flour, rolled oats, honey, and sweet potato baby food), I created these little heart shaped biscuit treats for Charlie.  I opted for a gluten-free flour, but all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour is perfectly acceptable if your furry friend has no wheat allergies.  (I used the heart from this metal cookie cutter set.)

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

I’ve made other treats in the past that were complete failures, but these treats had his attention the second I opened the baby food package.  Just like the cakes, cookies, and other desserts I make for my family, I like to know what’s in the treats I feed Charlie.  For me, there’s nothing worse than not knowing what the heck you’re eating.

To make these treats crunchy, they are baked until crisp.  If you want that nice shiny golden coating, brush a little egg wash before baking.  And yes, Alex and I sampled a little to make sure they taste fine.  The honey adds just a tiny bit of sweetness that makes Charlie love them!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat Biscuits

Print Recipe

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Biscuit Treats

Dogs are part of the family! Treat them like one with these super easy to make sweet potato dog biscuits!

Yield: about 2 dozen heart biscuits

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 3.5 oz container sweet potato baby food
  • 3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp gluten-free flour* (like Cup 4 Cup)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sweet potato baby food, flour, rolled oats and honey.  Use a sturdy spatula to combine everything together.  Dump contents to a lightly floured working surface and knead dough together.
  3. Pat or roll dough to a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/2-inch.  Use desired cookie cutters to punch of shapes.  Stick to one or two similar sized shapes to ensure even baking.
  4. Place cutouts on prepared baking sheet.  Lightly brush the tops of cutouts with beaten egg wash.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until biscuits are crisp and golden in color.  Rotate pan midway through baking.  Let treats cool in pan before treating your dog.

Note: If your dog has no wheat/gluten allergies, you can use all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour.  Make sure sweet potato baby food is free of salt.

The Little Epicurean

I waited some 20+ years for Charlie.  My entire childhood, I begged and pleaded my parents for a little puppy.  Each year my parents said no and I received another stuffed animal dog to add to my already enormous collection.

I can’t blame my parents.  They gave me many valid reasons: who is going to take care of him while you are at school, when you leave for college, when you go on vacation?  Who is going to take him to the vet, buy his food, pick up after him?  Obviously the answers were against me.

Finally, at 26 I met my match.  From the beginning of my furry friend search, I scoped out shelters and rescue groups.  As a child, I only knew about pet stores where you “buy” animals.  I read article after article about the amount of cats and dogs at shelters just waiting for a home.  I visited a handful of shelters around my area and finally I found Charlie (then named Little Hobbs) at a pet adoption fair hosted by Cuddly Canines, a local rescue group.

Obviously when getting a pet, you have to find the right one for you.  It’s a longtime commitment of 10+ years.  Pets are not just toys that you can simply return when you tire of them.  Everyday, more than 9,000 animals are killed in America’s shelters.  That’s nearly over 3 million animals a year, simply because they don’t have a home.  I am pleased that Abound has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society to help save the lives of shelter animals.

Best Friends was among the first no-kill advocates.  Best Friends hopes to makes Los Angeles a no-kill city by 2017.  Since their efforts in 2012, this year marks a record low in the number of shelter deaths for the Los Angeles Animal Services.

If you have a dog (or cat), Abound is a great option for affordable pet food.  And here’s your chance win this hefty Abound Prize pack:

Abound Pet Food Giveaway!

Included in the Abound Prize Pack:

14 pounds of dog or cat food, a week’s supply of wet food, and 2 bags of treats, plus a $50 Kroger gift card to shop for the rest of your family. (The Kroger Company spans many states and operates under numerous banners.  For California readers, you may know Kroger as Ralphs.)

Abound Pet Food giveaway!

Charlie absolutely loves the turkey, pea and berry jerky bites!

Abound is made with high quality ingredients, with proteins as the first ingredient.  Best of all, it is available at the grocery store making it easy to shop for your entire family in one stop.  Plus, compared to other speciality and premium pet foods, it is very reasonably priced.

All Abound products are wheat, corn, and soy filler free, making it a great choice for pet’s with allergies or sensitive stomachs.

To enter giveaway leave a comment below.  Tell me your furry friend’s name and their favorite treat!

Terms & Conditions:  Comments are moderated and may not show up right away.  One comment per person, please.  Giveaway only open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older at time of entry.  Winner must be willing to provide a valid shipping address (sorry, no P.O. Box) in order to receive prize.

Comments close at 11:59 PM (PST) on Wednesday, August 27.  The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email Thursday morning.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, winner forfeits prize and another winner will be chosen at random.

Be sure to use a valid email address, or I will not be able to contact if you win.

Disclosure: The Abound Prize Pack and Gift Card is provided by Kroger.  I received the same products for Charlie to try.  All opinions are my own. 

Sweet Potato Dog Treat Biscuits

54 Responses to “Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats + Abound Giveaway!”

  1. August 13, 2014
    5:53 am

    lexi! loves yogurt :)

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I love the name Lexi! Charlie hasn’t tried yogurt yet…I’ll have to introduce him to it :)

  2. August 13, 2014
    7:08 am
    Simone says...

    Our sweet girls is Millie Broots! She LOVES to eat peanut butter out of her Kong and she enjoys the turkey -apple-bacon strips my mom bought her!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I have yet to meet a pup that didn’t LOVE peanut butter! :)

  3. August 13, 2014
    7:49 am
    Pat says...

    My best friend is my dog, Louie. And Louie’s favorite snack is a bagel.

  4. August 13, 2014
    8:50 am
    teresa b. says...

    Actually, Sadies loves to eat a variety of things, most of which is not meant for her. But she especially loves her Blue Dog Bakery treats.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Charlie loves food not meant for him, too. I’ll have to check out Blue Dog Bakery!

  5. August 13, 2014
    1:35 pm

    Dakota loves his chicken jerky and lamb sticks. You can get him to do anything you want when you have his favorite snacks in hand. Love him!

  6. August 13, 2014
    2:28 pm

    Love this cute photos! Never thought of using baby food in dog treats. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Liz! :) I can’t wait to try out other baby food for more savory treats

  7. August 13, 2014
    9:45 pm

    Look at that happy guy! Are you sure these are dog treats and not cookies to share with your friends? Haha – Is it weird that I kind of want to eat one too…

    My kitties are Artichoke & Aioli and their favorite food is kale. Or bok choy. Sneaky cats always stealing greens out of the market bag.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Haha you CAN feed them to human friends…except I have feeling they’ll complain that it’s not very sweet.

      Whoa, you have some healthy cats!

  8. August 14, 2014
    3:19 pm
    Leizel says...

    I just adopted a rescue 8 weeks ago. His name is Pinto and his favorite treat is frozen apple slices.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      That’s AWESOME that you rescued! Frozen apples sound great for summer. I’ll have to try that!

  9. August 15, 2014
    12:15 am
    Cindy says...

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! I will try it out this weekend. We adopted our beagle, Louie, from a local shelter nearly 3 years ago. We adore her! Her favorite treat is pumpkin flavored wheat-free biscuits.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      You are welcome Cindy! I hope Louie enjoyed the treats :)

  10. August 15, 2014
    10:04 am
    Stephanie Bradley says...

    Cassy loves Chicken baby food!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      If Cassy loves baby food, she’s definitely love these treats!

  11. August 15, 2014
    5:18 pm
    Jennai says...

    My dog’s name is Jasper and he likes Milk Bones and apples. My cat’s name is Bugsy and he likes Greenies for cats (and cheese).

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Ah, that’s something new. I didn’t know cats like cheese! :)

  12. August 16, 2014
    8:09 pm
    Susan Christy says...

    My dogs, Foxy & Lucy both like Three Dog Bakery’s All Natural Classic Wafers Vanilla.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      My boyfriend used to work at Three Dog Bakery back in the day!

  13. August 17, 2014
    7:51 am

    These look so good! I love making homemade treats to Maddie. Pinned – can’t wait to make them!

  14. August 17, 2014
    6:30 pm
    Sonia Salgado says...

    Pablo, my Australia. Shepard, loves all dairy products especially cheese as a treat!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Charlie absolutely LOVES string cheese. The minute he hears the dairy drawer open in the fridge, he is right by my feet!

  15. August 17, 2014
    8:22 pm

    Our Maltese dog Ollie loves raw vegetables !

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Ollie is one smart eater! Charlie likes carrot sticks :)

  16. August 17, 2014
    9:53 pm
    Happy mom says...

    My daughters 8 month Pug name is Ox. He loves to eat my girls shoes but enjoys watermelon and licking my babies face after her meals. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. August 19, 2014
    9:47 pm
    Evelyn says...

    These dog treats looks really good. I’m sure Sam and Libby will love them., so I have to make them soon. Right now, they love the Nubz Dog Chews.

  18. August 21, 2014
    6:39 pm
    Sherry says...

    My Mavis is just a 10 week old Great Dane puppy. so I don’t know what snacks/treats to give her just yet. But I really want to try these sweet potato biscuits.

  19. August 23, 2014
    9:50 am
    Georgiana says...

    What a sweet pup! (Charlie looks like a Lancashire Heeler; is he? They’re such lovely dogs – and pretty rare, so you’re lucky to have one, if he is!) And how sweet it is that you – at long last – have a real life (not just stuffed) dog :) These treats look great! I can’t wait to try them out.

  20. August 24, 2014
    8:30 am
    Michelle Cavanaugh says...

    Our girls Sierra & Grumbles love anything peanut butter but Puperoni is a close second.

  21. August 25, 2014
    1:30 am
    Leidy says...

    Sasha is not a picky eater , she loves food but I think homemade treats are her favorite

  22. September 3, 2014
    6:12 am
    Karen Rodgers says...

    Hi sammy sugar. Taco. And rosie and cappy the cat . honestly they love any treats lol

  23. September 11, 2014
    12:54 pm

    This is just the cutest thing!! I just discovered your blog and I can’t wait to peruse it further! Gorgeous photography :)

  24. September 13, 2014
    3:13 pm
    kathy Smith says...

    My jack Russell name is Taz and his favorite snack is Beggin’ Strips.

  25. October 9, 2014
    4:07 pm
    Daphne says...

    My dogs would love these. Wonder how these would turn out using rice flour so they would be extra crunchy??

  26. November 4, 2014
    4:09 pm
    sarah roth says...

    my 4 dogs would love them i make home made dog treats i hope i win this give away

  27. January 13, 2015
    10:24 am
    nita Winders says...

    what about the kitties it is january 2015 but i just found this

    I have an 11 pound flame siamese, who knows what long hair with ruff and fur vetween toes This will be first try with Abound dru salmon and brown rice since he absolutely hate Iams Natural and wont eat

    wish me luck

  28. February 22, 2015
    9:07 am
    Omalisa says...

    My dogs are Lola a black lab mix, Elmo (my rescue) and he’s a white poodle and Bailey a miniature schanzer. They love yougurt (plain Greek), sweet potatoes and green beans.

  29. December 12, 2015
    3:08 pm
    Kristie Hannum says...

    I am making these for a project i have to do in school and my fake business is making dog,cat,rabbit treats and yours was the first one i saw so i can wait to try and make and see if my fur little Babies love it.

  30. December 27, 2015
    7:57 am
    Amy says...

    Can you use quick oats? Thanks!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Amy! Yes, you can use quick oats. Quick oats are a little more processed than old-fashioned rolled oats, but it shouldn’t affect the recipe too much.

  31. January 25, 2016
    8:48 am
    Sonya says...

    Hello – I love this recipe, we have a Girl Scout troop that are going to make treats to take to the animal shelter. I think we will use this recipe! One quick question, what is the shelf life of these treats? Do they need to be refrigerated? Thanks!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Sonya! That’s wonderful to hear! These treats last one week at room temperature. I don’t recommend refrigerating them because they’ll get soggy. If you have a great excess, you can freeze them for up to one month.

  32. May 9, 2016
    4:58 pm
    amber says...

    Hello! I made the treats tonight but for some reason they were really sticky and I could not knead the dough or use my cookie cutters tk make shapes. I ended up making one big cookie and was planning on using a knife to cut them. Do you have any ideas what might have gone wrong? I doubled the recipe.

    Thank you

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Amber, sorry to hear that. I’ve made this recipe several times without fail. Perhaps it was the brand of gluten-free flour used? I hope you give it another try! :)

  33. May 18, 2016
    11:19 am
    Maria Williams says...

    Is it 3/4 cups of flour or 4 cups noticed both amounts in two different places!! Thanks

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      It’s 3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp of flour. The gluten-free flour brand I used is called Cup 4 Cup. Is that 4 cups you are mentioning?

  34. September 12, 2016
    7:57 am
    Nikita Martin says...

    My dog is a lab/retriever mix named Dakota. She just turned 13 this year. I got her when she was 11 because I found her and found out her previous owners weren’t treating her the best. In the last couple of years I’ve had her she seems to be full of smiles. She loves sweet potato, chicken, or steak flavored treats. Really she’s just happy to get any treat. She’s very sweet.

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