These homemade 3 ingredient dog treats are made with sweet potato, peanut butter, and oatmeal.
They are so easy to make – and good for your dog too! Get the recipe here.
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Why These 3 Ingredient Dog Treats are the Best
There is a time and place for complicated recipes. When you really don’t have time for all that, these 3-ingredient dog treats are a sanity-saver.
In fact, you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator.
These DIY sweet potato dog treats are made with whole, vegan ingredients – so they are actually good for your dog. Your pup will think they are eating a treat, but you will know they are eating their vitamins.
Want to know what is so healthy about them? I’ll tell you the nutrition information about these all-natural dog treats here in this post.
Dog treats with sweet potato and oats are some of the best healthy dog treats you can make.
If you enjoy baking healthy dog treats, then this recipe is just for you!
The crunchy homemade dog treats recipe is just a little further below. First, here’s more about the ingredients and why I chose to use them.
Benefits of Sweet Potato
These are the best dog treats because of the nutrient-dense sweet potatoes. My favorite thing about them is that they are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. These antioxidants help your dog’s body fight common healthy issues related to aging.
Since they have lots of fiber, sweet potatoes are also good for your dog’s gut. It will help them stay regular.
Sweet potatoes are also really good for your dog’s blood pressure. Since they have lots of potassium, they help your dog’s body regular fluid balance and keep their blood pressure at a healthy level.
Benefits of Oatmeal
Did you know that oats have a bunch of healthy nutrients too? That’s why oatmeal treats for dogs are a great thing to make for them!
The most obvious benefit is that oatmeal is a safe alternative to wheat for dogs that are intolerant or sensitive to gluten. Yes, my treats are naturally gluten-free.
Oats have vitamin B which helps your pet maintain a healthy coat. It’s also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids that helps keep a dog’s skin strong and healthy.
Just like sweet potatoes, oats have soluble fiber in them too – this will help them regulate glucose levels and give them relief if they are having irregular bowel movements.
3 Ingredient Dog Treats Recipe Ingredients
The quantity of the 3 ingredients and the step-by-step directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. First, I want to share some additional information about the ingredients I used in these cookie dog treats.
Here’s a list of what you need to make easy dog treats. Use organic ingredients if you want to make organic dog treats.
- Oatmeal – Use old-fashioned or rolled oats. If you use quick-cooking oats, the treats won’t be as crunchy.
- Sweet Potato – It’s best to use a raw sweet potato and don’t peel it before you bake it.
- Peanut Butter – Whether you use crunchy or creamy peanut butter is up to you. Always use unsweetened peanut butter.
When you make this 3 ingredient peanut butter dog treats recipe, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Use natural or unsweetened peanut butter. Most “regular” peanut butter is sweetened. Dogs don’t need sugar in their treats.
Do not use peanut butter that contains xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
Old fashioned oats and rolled oats are the same. So you can use either type of oatmeal to make the treats.
You can use quick-cooking oats but the treats will be moister and softer.
Do not use instant or steel-cut oats for this recipe.
How many homemade dog treats should you give your dog at once? That depends on what else they ate that day. This might be a healthier treat, but it is still a treat.
Treats should not be a dog’s main source of calories – they should be something they eat on rare occasions.
Dogs shouldn’t overeat too many carbs – even healthy ones from sweet potatoes and oatmeal. For this reason, I suggest only giving your spoiled hound one treat per day.
You probably have most of the kitchen items you need to make these homemade dog treats. You can use any regular silicone candy mold but a dog paw print mold gives these treats a fun look.
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Bowl
- Blender or Food Processor
- Dog Treat Molds or Cookie Cutters for Dog Treats
- Baking Sheet
How to Make 3 Ingredient Dog Treats
These are the recipe steps and some photos of the process for making the treats. I hope they help you make this healthy dog treats recipe!
You can scroll down to the bottom of this article for a printable recipe card.
- Bake a large sweet potato. Let it cool, then peel it and mash the flesh. Discard the skin.
- Place a third of the oats in a blender or food processor and blend until it is like flour.
- Place mashed sweet potato, oatmeal, oat flour, and peanut butter in a bowl.
- Mix it with your hands until a dough forms.
- Press the dough into silicone candy molds. Place the molds on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours.
- Transfer the baked treats to a wire rack to cool.
Note that instead of using candy molds, you can roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut the dough.
If the dough seems dry or crumbly you can add more sweet potato, applesauce, or plain yogurt to give the dough moister.
How to Store Baked Dog Treats
- Metal Farmhouse Style Dog Treats Jar
- Rae Dunn Good Dog Ceramic Dog Treats Canister
- Clear Plastic Paw Print Air-tight Container
Can you eat dog treats?
Yep, you sure can eat these treats! All three ingredients are safe for human consumption. Since they are not sweet, you probably won’t like them. I suggest making Sweet Potato Cookies to enjoy and share with family and friends.
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More Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
Want to make more treats for your dog? Here are some different types of dog treats to make:
- 2 Ingredient Dog Treats
- Banana Dog Treats
- Blueberry Dog Treats
- Coconut Dog Treats
- Homemade Frozen Dog Treats
- Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats
- Liver Dog Treats
- Oatmeal Dog Treats
- Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
- Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
Want to get the best store-bought dog treats instead of making homemade ones? Check out these favorite dog treats on my Amazon dog treats ideas list.
3 Ingredient Dog Treats
- 1 large Sweet Potato big enough to yield ¾ cup mashed
- 3 cups Rolled Oats
- ½ cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
- Bake the sweet potato at 400°F for 45 to 60 minutes or until done (you can easily insert a fork into the middle).
- Cool the sweet potato to room temperature.
- Remove and discard sweet potato skin. Mash the flesh.
- Measure ¾ cup of the mashed sweet potato to use in the treats.
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Add 2 cups of the rolled oats to a blender or food processor and blend until it is the consistency of flour.
- In a medium bowl, combine the rolled oats with the oat flour.
- Add the peanut butter and ¾ cup mashed sweet potato to the oat blend and combine using your hands until a dough forms.
- If you are using a candy mold, simply press the dough into the mold making sure to fill in all the space.
- If you are using cookie cutters, turn the dough out onto a smooth surface. Using your hands, squeeze and combine the ingredients until you have a flat, smooth dough. Flatten evenly with your hands or a rolling pin to about ¼ to ½ inch thickness. Place the cutout pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Bake the treat at 250°F for 2 hours.
- Transfer baked treats to a wire rack to cool.