Your furry friend deserves a special treat too! Try this easy homemade sweet potato pie for dogs recipe and watch your pup go wild with excitement. Made with all-natural and simple ingredients, this delicious dessert will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Sweet potato pie treats are perfect for holidays, birthdays, special occasions, or just because. This DIY dog-friendly dessert is a tail-wagging delight. What are you waiting for? Make this doggy sweet potato pie recipe today.
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Why This Sweet Potato Pie for Dogs Recipe is the Best
When it comes to making homemade treats, simple ingredients are the name of the game! Not only does it make the recipe easier to follow, but whole foods are better for your dogs.
These easy sweet potato dog treats are a healthy snack when you want to give them something sweet or share a special occasion. If you can make thumbprint cookies, then you can make these little homemade sweet potato pies.
Not only do they taste better than anything you can buy at the pet store, but they are a natural treat that’s better for your dog’s diet.
Why Make Sweet Potato Pie for Your Dog
Pet owners, you only want the best for your dog. But you also don’t have time to be a pastry chef. I get it! Next time you’re tempted to share human food (like sweet potato pie) with your pup, make these homemade dog treats.
They are super easy to whip up. And best of all, sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamins. Yup, these treats are actually good for your dog!
Benefits of Sweet Potato for Dogs
When it comes to rewarding our four-legged friends with something special, sweet potato stands out as a nutritious and tasty option. But what makes this vibrant tuber a smart choice for your pup’s treat time? Here are some of the health benefits of sweet potatoes for dogs:
Digestive Health – Sweet potatoes are rich in dietary fiber, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Fiber aids in regular bowel movements, helping to prevent constipation and managing diarrhea by absorbing excess water in the digestive tract.
Vitamins and Minerals – They are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to your dog’s overall well-being:
- Vitamin A: Vital for maintaining healthy skin, coat, muscles, and nerves.
- Vitamins C and E: Act as antioxidants, reducing inflammation and aiding in the body’s defense against oxidative stress.
- B Vitamins: Play a role in energy metabolism and maintaining healthy nerves.
- Minerals: Sweet potatoes contain important minerals like manganese, copper, iron, and potassium, which support various bodily functions including enzyme function, red blood cell production, and heart health.
Beta-carotene – The rich orange color of sweet potatoes comes from beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for maintaining good eyesight, especially in low-light conditions.
The detailed ingredient amounts and step-by-step directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. First, I want to share a list and some information about the wholesome ingredients in this dog sweet potato pie recipe.
For the pie crust:
- Oat Flour – The base of the crust.
- Applesauce – Adds flavor and natural sweetness to the crust.
- Egg – Adds protein and binds the crust.
For the pie filling:
- Cooked Sweet Potato – The star of the pie!
- Egg – Adds protein and gives it a rich and smooth texture.
- Ground Cinnamon – For flavor, and yes, it is safe for dogs in small amounts.
For the pie topping:
- Plain Greek Yogurt – Creamy and healthy with probiotics.
Use organic ingredients if you want to make organic pies.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
There are a lot of different ingredients that you can change or use.
You don’t have to use sweet potatoes! You can substitute the sweet potato with butternut squash or other types of winter squash.
For a touch of sweetness, you can add 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to the filling mixture.
You can substitute oat flour with brown rice flour. You can make them by placing uncooked old-fashioned oats or brown rice in a food processor or blender and processing until it reaches flour consistency.
If your dog can digest flour just fine, you can substitute the oat flour in the crust with regular all-purpose flour or a 50/50 combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour.
And you can just make the crust and fill it with peanut butter to make peanut butter pie instead of sweet potato.
You probably have most of the kitchen items you need to make these pies. But just in case, here’s a list:
How to Make Sweet Potato Pie for Dogs
These are the recipe steps and photos of the process of making mini sweet potato pies for your furry friend. I hope they help you make this recipe for dog sweet potato pie treats from scratch!
Before you get started, you’ll need to make sweet potato puree. Simply bake a large sweet potato at 375°F for about 45 minutes or until you can easily pierce it with a fork. Let it cool and then scoop out the flesh and mash it. Discard the skin.
- Combine the oat flour, egg, and applesauce in a bowl.
- Place a tablespoon of the mixture into each cup of a 12-cup mini muffin pan.
- Use a spoon to press the mixture down and up the sides of each cup.
- Place the sweet potato puree, egg, and applesauce in a large bowl.
- Stir to combine the filling ingredients until smooth.
- Bake the crusts at 350°F for 8 minutes.
- Spoon the filling into the muffin pan.
- Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool the pies to room temperature.
- Top the pies with a dollop of Greek yogurt, either before or after you remove the pies from the pan.
How much sweet potato pie should you give your dog at once? It depends on the size of your dog and what else you gave your pet to eat that day. This might be a healthy dessert for dogs, but too much of it is not a good thing.
Treats should not make up the majority of your dog’s calorie intake. Only give your dog small quantities of this healthy treat – just like you do with other treats.
For this reason, I suggest giving your spoiled hound only one pie or a portion of a pie for mini or toy breeds.
When introducing new food or treats to your dog, only give small amounts and watch to make sure there are no adverse reactions. Consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions about giving your dog this pie with your dog’s specific health considerations.
How to Store Sweet Potato Pie
Place the pies in an airtight container. If stacking them, place parchment paper between the layers. Store the pies in the refrigerator.
You can also freeze the pies. Place them on a baking sheet with room between them. Freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Transfer the frozen pies to a freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bag.
How long does homemade sweet potato pie last?
Sweet potato pie stored in the refrigerator will last up to 4 days.
Sweet potato pie stored in the freezer will last up to 3 months.
Remember to keep them covered in an airtight container.
Can people eat this sweet potato pie?
Yes! All of the ingredients are safe for human consumption. Give one a try, you might like it for a mini dessert too.
More Dog Dessert Recipes
Do you want to make some more tasty desserts for your dog? Try these recipes:
Find lots of recipes for dog treats here on Spoiled Hounds!
Sweet Potato Pie for Dogs
- ¾ cup Oat Flour
- ½ cup Applesauce
- 1 Egg
- ¾ cup Cooked Sweet Potato
- 1 Egg
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- If needed, bake a large sweet potato at 375°F about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until it is fork-tender. When it is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and discard the skin. Mash or puree the flesh and measure ¾ cup to use for the filling.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine oat flour, applesauce and egg.
- Place approximately 1 tablespoon of the crust mixture into each cup in a 12-cup mini muffin tin. Use a small spoon to press down the center of the dough and up around the sides to form a shallow well.
- Bake crusts for 8 minutes.
- While the crusts are baking, prepare the filling by combining sweet potato, egg, and cinnamon.
- Spoon about a teaspoon of filling onto each crust.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from oven and allow the pies to cool to room temperature.
- Top each pie with a small dollop of Greek Yogurt (best to do this right before serving).