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This sweet potato and bacon dog treat recipe blends five simple ingredients to make sweet potato dog biscuits which are fresher and healthier than many store-bought treats. So why not treat your fur babies to these sweet potatoes and bacon snacks?

Homemade treats with natural ingredients which are easy to make are a great way to show your furry friend you love them. Big dogs and smaller dogs will love this balanced, homemade dog treat recipe.

A brittany spaniel and a gold retriever puppy looking at a homemade dog treat.

Why You’ll Love This

  • All natural ingredients:  Many commercial dog treats contain chemicals and preservatives, but when you make this natural dog treat, you know exactly what’s in there.
  • Dogs love these:  Well I don’t know about every dog in the world, but my dog likes these bacon dog treats a lot, and I like knowing it’s a healthy option.
  • Easy:  All you have to do is combine the ingredients and then bake the treats in the oven. So, if you’re new to making natural dog treat recipes at home, you’ll be pleased with how simple this recipe is.
A woman outside hugging a brittany spaniel and a gold retriever puppy.
A stack of bacon sweet potato dog treats.

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Dog Treats

You need just five ingredients to prepare these tasty treats for your four-legged friend: sweet potatoes, crumbled bacon, oats, eggs, and flour. If you have leftover sweet potatoes (perhaps you made this amazing sweet potato casserole), you can use those, but only if they’re plain and you haven’t mixed anything into them.

A bowl with the ingredients for homemade dog treats.
A basket full of bacon sweet potato dog biscuits and a woman holding one.

How to Make a Sweet Potato and Bacon Dog Treat Recipe

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Combine the ingredients:  Mix everything together with your hands, a wooden spoon, a potato masher, or a stand mixer.
Cut out the dog biscuits:  Use a dog biscuit cookie cutter (like this) to cut them out.
Cook them:  Arrange the dog biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven until done.

Dough rolled out for dog treats. Dog treat shaped cookie cutters and a rolling pin are in photo.
Dough rolled out for dog treats. Dog treat shaped cookie cutters are being used to cut shapes.

Substitutions and Variations

If you want, you can change some of the ingredients. A lot of dogs enjoy peanut butter, so you could add some of that. Another idea is to swap some of the oats for cooked rice. Wild rice works well, but make sure it’s good quality, not the kind labeled “feed rice.”

Homemade dog treats on cooling rack.

If your puppy isn’t used to oats, you might prefer to introduce them slowly to see if they’re well tolerated. If the pooch isn’t a fan, you can always use them up making oat bars Starbucks style.

Sweet potato and bacon dog treats on a tray.

Also, bear in mind you will need rolled oats, not instant oats or the kind that have mix-ins already added. Some ingredients that are human-friendly (such as the sweetener Xylitol) are toxic to dogs, even in small doses.

A basket full of bacon sweet potato dog biscuits.

Pumpkin or butternut squash would work in place of the sweet potato. These simple homemade dog treats are a great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes.

A brittany spaniel and a gold retriever puppy looking at a homemade dog treat that a woman is holding in front of them.

Serving Suggestions

These sweet potato dog treats are treats rather than dog food, so just give your dog one at a time to see if he likes them.

A basket full of bacon sweet potato dog biscuits and a woman holding one.

The amount you can give at a time depends on the size of your dog as well as the size you make these, so if you’re using a small bone-shaped cookie cutter, you might want to give your dog two treats.

Of course, if you are aware your dog has any allergies or issues with any of the ingredients, you should use your own judgment and swap those ingredients out.

Storage Instructions

  • Store:  Keep the dog biscuits in an airtight container in the refrigerator or pantry and use within a week.
  • Freeze:  If kept in an airtight container or freezer bag, the treats should be fine for several months.
  • Thaw:  Thaw the dog biscuits overnight in the refrigerator.
A woman outdoors holding a resuable bag with dog treats in it.

Dog Treat Recipes FAQs

Do you have to peel the sweet potatoes?

Sweet potato skins aren’t toxic to dogs but their chewy texture means they can cause intestinal blockages or choking with small dogs, so I recommend you do peel them first. If you have a large dog, use your discretion.

What kind of flour is best to use for these dog bone treats?

Whole wheat flour is more nutritious than all-purpose flour. Another option would be brown rice flour or even oat flour.

Homemade sweet potato and bacon treats for dogs on a tray. They are in a dog biscuit shape.
4.89 from 9 votes

Sweet Potato and Bacon Dog Treats

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Make homemade sweet potato dog biscuits with this easy recipe! Your fur babies will love these tasty bacon and sweet potato dog treats.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 40

Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup rolled oats
  • 2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cooked, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 Slices bacon, cooked, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly until a nice dough is formed. I used my hands to get the dough thoroughly mixed. It is a dry dough.
  • Roll the dough out and use cookie cutters to form shapes. I used dog bone shapes, but any shape works
  • Place shapes onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. 
  • Bake treats for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Allow treats to cool completely prior to feeding to dog.  

Nutrition

Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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This sweet potato and bacon dog treat recipe is so easy to make, and dogs love the tasty ingredients used to make this healthy treat. They are sure to become your dog’s favorite treat! Whether you have a new puppy or a faithful old friend, these treats are worth trying.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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10 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    The dough was so dry that it crumbled. I had to add peanut butter to make it somewhat workable. My dog did eat them otherwise I would have rated this much lower

    1. It is supposed to be quite a dry dough but shouldn’t be so crumbly it falls apart. I’m glad your dog liked these though!

  2. Wondering if you or anyone has tried to make these treats with almond flour? Thanks and have a blessed week!

    1. I have not tried it with almond flour but I have used GF flour. I am pretty sure it would work just fine.

  3. This is Jasper and Millie’s mom, Brooke. They wanted me to tell you how much they appreciate you teaching their mom how to make these delicious treats! They smelled so good cooking, I almost wanted to keep them for myself!

  4. 5 stars
    I used canned sweet potato because I am lazy. HA! But my puppers loved them. Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    My pup goes CRAZY when she knows I’m making homemade dog treats! I love how healthy these are and they hold together well!

  6. 5 stars
    Made these for my sister’s rescue dog and she absolutely loved them. I’ll be making another batch soon.