Posted by Mary Andrews / January 23, 2017
No-Bake Dog Treats: Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter & Oats
These sweet little dog treats are so quick to make, come together with three completely natural ingredients (peanut butter, oats and sweet potato) and require no baking time. They take shape well in most any silicone ice mold — our go-to choice is usually hearts in honor of showing our big guy a little love!
No mold? No worries! The treat dough can just as easily be rolled into the shape of small balls. We like the heart shaped ice molds since they provide even portioning and add a sweet touch, especially around Valentine's day. Whichever shape you choose, you're pup will be pleased with the taste!
Sweet potatoes and oats are both good natural sources of dietary fiber. Natural peanut butter can be a good source of protein and healthy fats, and acts as the binder that holds each of the ingredients nicely together in these bite-sized treats.
Ingredients (makes 24 individual treats):
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup sweet potatoes, softened
- Heart shaped ice mold, optional
Using a flat beater or dough attachment if you have one, combine all 3 ingredients in a mixing bowl until well incorporated into a dough. Tip: lightly mash the potatoes with a fork before mixing.
Spoon dough into individual molds, gently pressing with the back of the spoon or your fingers to make sure it's evenly filling out the shape of the mold. Tip: roll any leftover dough into small balls for any four-legged taste tasters ready to sample nearby.
Allow the molds to rest in refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes to firm up before removing each treat.
These protein-packed treats store well refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week and for extended periods when frozen in zipper bags. We tend to give Basil the frozen version since it helps slow down our vacuum eater by a few seconds at best.
Good to Note: as with all treats, it's best to let your pups enjoy while under your supervision. Different dogs react differently to ingredients, so keep a running list of your pup's allergies, avoiding those ingredients when making homemade treats. Similarly, dogs tolerate hot and cold treat temperatures differently, you know your dog best.
Thanks for checking in on us today — we'd love to hear from you in the comments section below if you give these no-bake dog treats a try, if you have ideas for different variations and how your pup likes them!