Sweet Potato and Basil Dog Biscuits, the Ultimate Healthy Treat

 

A Healthy Holiday Dog Treat

Like many of you, my dogs are part of my family. Naturally I want them to be happy and healthy.  I also want them to celebrate the holidays with us. We incorporate the pups into the celebrations as much as possible. Like many “fur” babies Gonzo and Beau have their own stockings on our mantle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This can be a busy time of year and us all. Who has time to spend slaving away in the kitchen for their pets?  I’ve created a recipe that is sure to please your pet and the best thing is that it is quick and easy! What can be better than healthy and all natural? Like pumpkin, sweet potato is full of fiber, low in calories, and all around wonderful for your pet. Plus basil has anti-anxiety properties, which is helpful for those dogs that get nervous around loud noises and revelry.

 

Sweet potato and basil dog treats make perfect gifts.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 finely chopped sweet potato
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed basil
  • 1 tablespoon local honey
  • 1/2 cup cold water

 

Cooking Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets. 

Stir all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Roll into small 1-inch balls and flatten with your hand to make discs. Place dog biscuits on the baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes.

 

After baking, turn oven off and leave cookies inside for another 30-45 minutes until crisp. Trust me when I say your dog will be waiting by the oven. 

Gonzo and Beau wait impatiently by the ovens while their biscuits bake!

Once completely cooled transfer the dog biscuits to an airtight container or freezer for storage. 

These treats are not only healthy but tasty as well and make wonderful holiday gifts. There are a number of variations that you can play with incorporating almond oil instead of coconut oil. Alternatively pumpkin or apples in place of sweet potatoes.

 

My dogs have their own stockings.
My rescue dogs, Gonzo and Beau have place of pride on our mantle.

 

These dog treats are a perfect treat that are healthy, all natural, and tasty too! Don’t feel the need to limit them to holidays- they are easy to make all year round and your dogs will thank you.

We would love to know how your dogs enjoy our recipe! Do you have a recipe idea?

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29 thoughts on “Sweet Potato and Basil Dog Biscuits, the Ultimate Healthy Treat

  1. Thanks for the recipe, I made these dog treats today. Modified them a bit because of what I had on hand. Used 1/2 Gluten Free Oat Flour because I didn’t have sufficient Brown Rice Flour. Had a cooked sweet potato in the fridge, so I mashed that into the other ingredients rather than dicing a raw sweet potato. I also rolled the 1 inch balls in Flax Seed Meal before flattening each ball with the bottom of a juice glass. All in all, I would say it is a pretty forgiving recipe and definitely a keeper! My girl spent the afternoon in front of the oven, then by the dining room table where they were cooling. She agrees, the recipe is a keeper 🙂 Thanks again.

    1. That’s great! I love that this recipe is simple and easy to use, as well as experiment with. And it’s so healthy! Enjoy.

  2. Our dogs are at the oven no matter what’s in it! But the treats do sound delicious, their food is made with sweet potatoes so I know they would love them. Sandra and Dolly

    1. I know how that is, the dogs love to hang with me in the kitchen just in case I drop something. The girls have trained them that it’s very possible.

  3. Gonzo and Beau are so adorable!! I bet they scarfed down those cookies with gusto. My dogs love pumpkin and sweet potato so I know they’d love these cookies. I’ll have to give them a try! Thanks for sharing.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    1. Cathy, Gonzo and Beau say thank you! They agree they are quite handsome and should have more treats. Enjoy!

  4. I will have to make these for Gusto. He loves pumpkin…not sure about sweet potato.

    1. Would love to know what Gusto thinks!

  5. I didn’t know about the anxiety help of basil! I might have to try these now but with some pumpkin because we have a bunch of fresh pumpkin to use up!

    1. Yes, there are so many reasons to love basil! It’s amazing what we can find in plants and herbs.

  6. Thank you for offering some alternatives to the sweet potato. I tried giving both pups dried sweet potato treats and they looked at me like I was mad. But I think with pumpkin, they too may be waiting impatiently by the oven!

    1. I absolutely love giving pumpkin to the boys and they eat it regularly. Enjoy!

    2. Yes, pumpkin is a great alternative but if you use a puree you may not need the egg because the consistency will be soft to begin.

  7. I have really enjoyed making my dogs treats lately. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try.

    1. Let me know what you think!

  8. Very interesting! I would never have thought of eating basil or that it would be good in a dog biscuit. You are so creative!

    1. Thank you! I love finding new ways to incorporate healthy foods.

  9. They look like they’re watching the oven very eagerly! The biscuits would make a great holiday treat.

    1. Yes, absolutely. The smell from the oven was driving them crazy. There may have even been drool.

  10. They sound delicious and I’d rather give my dogs something homemade with ingredients I trust. Having said that I won’t tell you about the disaster the last time I tried to bake them treats. Fresh cranberries, unsweetened applesauce, milk, flour and cinnamon I think and they were supposed to be crunchy cookies which is what I was after. The dough was so gelatinous I could roll it up and they were a flop. Perhaps I’ll have more success with this one. Wish me luck!!

    1. Hindy, they are so easy to make! Good luck. 😉

  11. oooh … that’s good enough for me to eat! I’d switch out the egg since we are vegan so we can all enjoy i!

    1. I will admit I tried them. LOL!

  12. Gonzo and Beau are so patient waiting for their treats! My dog dances around when he’s waiting for a new treat. I’ll be trying these because the vet recently put Soldier on a diet. It’s hard finding treats that are tasty (he has a sweet tooth) and low in calories.

  13. Nice and easy recipe, I’m going to give this one a try, I didn’t realise that basil was anti-anxiety, that will help our Sandy girl, who is very anxious.

  14. Is there a replacement for the egg? I have a dog that would love these, but she’s allergic to dairy and eggs. It’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t include eggs 🙁

    1. Yes, absolutely! You can substitute 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg.

  15. Aww your dogs are too cute. I was laughing out loud by the time I got to the bottom of your post seeing that photo of the two of them waiting on their biscuits. LOL. Clearly these are a hit! I will share on social as well. Nom Nom Nom time.

    1. Yes, the boys were quite insistent! Gonzo is pretty picky but he certainly loved them.

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