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Best Recipe For Bacon and Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Updated on March 14, 2016
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Patty collects recipes from past generations among ethnic groups, the 13 Original Colonies, the American Civil War & the 19th century.


Cooking Healthy Foods For Your Dog

Increasingly throughout America, people are cooking main foods and treats for their own pets. I see friends cooking for their dogs and cats and think it may be a good idea. One friend began cooking rice and hamburger for her dog when his stomach was upset, at the suggestion of her veterinarian. This progressed to cooking more often and her dog seem to love it!

This is an extension of the trend more natural and healthier eating among the human, cat, and dog members of the family. Many pets seem to be going vegetarian when their owners do the same. If you are considering this move, check with your veterinarian, because some animal need to have meat in their diets.

Big cats in the zoo come to mind, but house cats and dogs may also need meat. Check with your vet in order to ensure the proper diet for your beloved pet.

I can haz homemade treats?

I can haz homemade treats?
I can haz homemade treats? | Source

Homemade Recipe For Dog Treats

I was not able to find a ready-made sweet potato and bacon dog biscuit or similarly flavored treat, but can share this homemade recipe below, if you'd like to make your own.

You can decide exactly how much bacon to use in your recipe and you can adjust the spices up or down as you and your dog please.

For a change, you can cut a sweet potato into quarters lengthwise and bake the quarters in a slow oven or process then in a food dehydrator until crunchy. Some dogs enjoy these alone and you don't have to cook further. You might like them for a snack as well.

After the recipe is presented, a collection of similar ready made treats your dog might enjoy appear for your consideration.


Yam Or Sweet Potato?

Remember that real yams are not sweet potatoes. They are usually long tubers, sometimes slightly hairy looking. Some yams are very long and really ugly in appearance and have a light color.

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Muffin Pans Are Great For Dog Treat Baking

You can make larger muffins for larger dogs. Experiment with sizes.
You can make larger muffins for larger dogs. Experiment with sizes. | Source

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: Two pans of healthy doggie muffins

Please have your dog rate our treats recipe!

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Cooking for Your Pet

Barker's Grub : Easy, Wholesome Home-Cooking for Dogs
Barker's Grub : Easy, Wholesome Home-Cooking for Dogs

This is a book full of recipes that you might like to try for your own dog friend. They are easy to make, with clear instructions and easy to find ingredients.


Bacon Sweet Potato Dog Treats


  • 1 Large orange sweet potato – Sweet potatoes come in a range of shades from light yellow to deep orange. Find out which your dog prefers. Yams are not sweet potatoes, but are tubers that are long and really ugly looking and have a light color.
  • 3 Whole eggs, lightly beaten in a small bowl
  • 3/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ - ½ Cup hard-cooked, crumbled bacon.
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ginger – Go light on spices unless you know your pet likes them and they’ll do no harm. The ginger might be a bit hot.
  • 2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Cup oats – like Quaker oats in the cylindrical box.
  • Cooking spray – check for natural ingredients, otherwise use vegetable oil.


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Cooking spray or oil a muffin pan – large muffins or small muffins is your choice.
  • Wash the sweet potato and prick holes all around it with a fork.
  • You can microwave the potato until well softened, or you can turn up the oven to 350 degrees F and bake it for about 30 minutes or until done.
  • Set cooked potato aside until it has cooled enough to pick up in your hands.
  • Rub off the peel and put the potato into a medium sized bowl.
  • Add eggs, applesauce, and bacon and mix well. Set aside
  • In a larger mixing bowl, combine the seasonings, whole wheat flour, and oats (dry ingredients) and mix well with your hands.
  • Form a depression in the middle of the dry ingredients with your hands and put the sweet potato mix into it.
  • Carefully mix the dry and wet ingredients together thoroughly to form a dough.
  • Fill muffin pans half full of the dough.
  • Make sure the oven is at 300 degrees F.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes for large muffins, and about 15 minutes for small muffins.
  • Remove doggie muffins from the oven and cool pans on a cooling rack for 5 minutes or so.
  • Turn out the muffins and cool to room temperature on cooling racks.
  • Store in an air-tight container.

Home Cooking for Pets

The following are some useful links leading to additional home cooking ideas for your pet.

You may not yet have considered cooking for your favorite pets, but many of the recipes for pet foods are simple and take little time. Let me know in the Comments section below, if you find any particularly good ones!

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Pet Food Alerts And Safety

If you are concerned about pet food safety at any time, the following links may help.

© 2009 Patty Inglish

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      These really are pretty good. Thanks for reading. tell us how your dog likes them!

    • ScottiesRock profile image

      ScottiesRock 5 years ago from Eastern PA

      Sounds great! I will have to make this for my pups. Thanks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      That's good to hear! Thanks for commenting and letting us know your success with the recipes. Smart dogs to help wash up!

    • Pro Pet First Aid profile image

      Pro Pet First Aid 6 years ago from Essex UK

      We thought we would give this a go. Both our dogs loved it, they even helped washing up!

    • plentyofpuppies profile image

      plentyofpuppies 7 years ago

      The sweet potato and bacon recipe looks great, too bad it is for the dog and not me :(

      I bet it is also very healthy!

    • jamesbrownbete profile image

      jamesbrownbete 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, I love this treat!

    • zzron profile image

      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      This is really neato. LOL :)

    • lisadpreston profile image

      lisadpreston 7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      What a wonderful idea. I guess I've been practicing this without knowing it. Mini, my dog, eats whatever I eat so in some ways I guess ive been cooking for my dog. Mini AND I MUST TRY THE SWEET POTATOE AND BACON RECIPE. You have our mouths watering!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Great! Now I'm hungry too...

    • Dale Mazurek profile image

      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Hell this recipe sounds like it is good enough for me never mind the dogs.

      I think pet ownership has come a long way in the last decade or so and people really are treating their pets more like they are part of the family.

      I know if my chocolate lab was still alive this would be something that would have the drool pouring from his mouth.

      What a great hub for dog owners.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      What makes me think you love dogs? A great recipe. Thank you