Stormy is a treat fiend! He’ll do anything for a treat. No exaggeration. These nutritious Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Pea Grain-Free Dog Treats are no exception. And they contain only healthy natural ingredients with no grains!
I’m pretty sure this photo shoot was torture for him. (I’ll show you in a minute.) He seriously could not walk away.
I often struggle to find treats for him that 1) work with his sensitive tummy and 2) I feel good about. He’s a rescue, and we spent about a year trying to find a food that agreed with him and didn’t make his hair fall out. Eventually, through two separate incidents, I figured out that both chicken and beef were no good for him. He’s a scavenger and counter thief who can’t be left alone with accessible food for even minute. The good news is bacon grease smells better than it looks apparently, and there was only one big lick. Don’t even get me started on the stolen butter/destroyed couch incident.
But I digress… Because of his food sensitivities, I scour ingredient lists to make sure there is absolutely no chicken ingredients. You’d be surprised at how much “chicken fat” is buried in there, even on something that is limited ingredient food NOT containing chicken.
Treats can be even trickier, so I’ve found that I have the best luck with treats that are billed as vegetable or fruit flavors.
I’ve also discovered that he LOOOOOOOVES sweet potatoes and coconut oil. These sweet potato carrot and pea treats are a healthy way to get more nutrients into your dog’s diet, while also being 100% certain on exactly what you’re feeding them.
Plus, dogs love them. See proof below.
I MUUUUUST HAVE!
Seriously, I’m such a good boy!
Okay, here’s how you make them.
Wrap your sweet potato in foil and bake in a 400 degree over for 45 to 60 minutes until soft. Set it aside to cool.
While the potato is in the oven, set the peas on the counter to thaw. You can also run them under hot water if you need to thaw more quickly.
Once the potato is cool enough to handle, pull or cut the peel off and add the potato to a medium bowl. Then drop the thawed peas on top. Smash it all well with a fork. The peas are a little hard to smash, so a few nearly whole peas are fine.
Then add in the remaining ingredients, mix well, and form into a ball. Let this chill in your refrigerator for a few hours to firm up. This will still be a pretty loose, sticky dough.
Once you have the dough made, you have two options. You can sprinkle extra flour on your counter, roll out the dough, and cut into shapes. OR just pinch off pieces about a tablespoon or two in size, roll each into a ball, place them on the cookie sheet, and lightly flatten with your fingertips.
Honestly, my preference ended up being the ball method. It was so much quicker, but the final product was definitely less cute. Stormy liked both versions!
Whichever you chose, bake them in a 400 degree over for about 20 minutes.
The Recipe: Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Pea Dog Treats
- ¾ c. coconut flour
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 c. frozen peas
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp molasses
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap sweet potato in foil. Roast for 45 to 60 minutes until soft. While potato is roasting, remove peas from freezer and let stand at room temperature to thaw.
- When sweet potato is cool enough to handle, remove skin and mash potato well with a fork. Add peas and mash. A few remaining peas are fine.
- Add remaining ingredients to bowl. Mix well.
- Roll dough into a ball. Refrigerate for 1 hour to hydrate flour and firm up the dough.
- Lightly flour counter with coconut flour. Roughly pat or roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to create treat shapes.
- Bake at 400 degrees on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes.
- Store treats in freezer.