Celebrate Your Pup With Turkey And Sweet Potato Thanksgiving Dog Treats

These Thanksgiving dog treats combine all the classic holiday flavors through a healthy, delicious, and simple recipe that is completely safe for your pup!

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With multiple holidays just weeks apart, fall and winter is a time to indulge in delicious comfort foods. And I see no reason why the dogs in our lives should be left out of this experience!

Taking inspiration from some of my favorite Thanksgiving foods, I whipped up healthy and delicious Thanksgiving dog treats to share the flavors of fall with my three pups.

And even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, you can still celebrate your pup. These homemade treats are a great way to show gratitude.

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Plus, this delicious recipe is perfect for pups with sensitive tummies, as it is gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free.

Ingredients for Thanksgiving Dog Treats

Here are the classic Thanksgiving ingredients that you need to grab:

  • 1/2 cup turkey, cooked
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato, mashed
  • 1/4 cup cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
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Xtra Health Tip: Always check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods. Like people, all dogs are different, and their tolerance for these ingredients depends on numerous factors including age, allergies, health conditions, and more.

Turkey

Filled with protein to support muscle health and overall well-being in your dog, turkey makes for a high-value, flavorful main ingredient.

If you are planning to prepare these treats following your own Thanksgiving dinner, just shred some of your leftover turkey. Otherwise, ground turkey or similar will work just fine.

Sweet Potato

Mashed sweet potato brings in essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, supporting your pup’s vision, immune system, and digestive health.

Cranberries

These tart and vibrant fruits are rich in antioxidants that contribute to your dog’s immune system health.

Make sure to opt for fresh or frozen, as dehydrated cranberries will have a much higher sugar content.

Carrots

Low in calories and high in essential nutrients, carrots provide a dose of vitamins and fiber to support your dog’s vision, immune system, and digestive health.

Xtra Eco Tip: Skip the plastic produce bag. Place the weight sticker directly on your fruits and veggies or invest in reusable produce bags like these from Amazon.

Oat Flour

This wholesome, gluten-free ingredient provides essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals, promoting healthy digestion and supporting your dog’s gastrointestinal health.

If you don’t have oat flour, grab some rolled oats (not steel-cut or quick oats) and place them in a blender for a few seconds. Yes, it’s that easy!

Applesauce

This natural sweetener adds a touch of sweetness to the treats and provides valuable vitamins and fiber, making it a healthy alternative to refined sugars or artificial additives.

It’s important to use all-natural, unsweetened applesauce. If you are having trouble finding a suitable option, it is very simple to make your own. You only need a couple of peeled apples (such as Golden Delicious or Fuji).

Cut them into small chunks and cook them in a bit of water over medium heat until they are soft and mashable.

Supplies

As usual for The Green Pet Project recipes, the supplies needed are pretty simple.

  • Baking sheet
  • Measuring cups
  • Peeler or similar (to shred the carrot)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Silicon treat molds OR a roller and cookie cutters

How to Make Thanksgiving-Inspired Dog Treats

Cooking the sweet potato is the longest part of this recipe, so that is where we will start!

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Pierce a sweet potato several times with a fork, place it on a baking sheet, and set a timer for 45 minutes. While the potato is baking, it is time to cook the turkey and prep the rest of the ingredients.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, add the turkey, and cook the meat until it is no longer pink. Set aside to cool.

Shred a medium-sized carrot and cut a handful of cranberries (either frozen or fresh, not dehydrated) into small, dog-friendly pieces.

Once the sweet potato is soft, remove it from the oven. Remove the skin and mash it with a fork (after it is cool enough to handle). And after you’ve removed the sweet potato, lower your oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).

Now that all the ingredients are prepped, simply mix them together to form a dough. Press small pieces of the dough into silicon molds.

Click here to get these cute, reusable paw and bone silicone molds from Amazon.

paw and bone shaped homemade thanksgiving dog treats prepared in silicon molds

Alternatively, you can roll out the dough until it is approximately 1/2 inch thick and use cookie cutters to form your Thanksgiving dog treats into fun shapes.

Place the preformed treats into your preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the treats are golden brown and firm to the touch.

Is your dog going nuts over all the smells yet? Luckily, the waiting time is over! And I have no doubt that your pup will feel loved and appreciated.

Xtra Health Tip: Whenever serving treats, remember the 90/10 rule. At least 90% of your pup’s daily calories should come from balanced meals, leaving no more than 10% for the fun stuff.

Store remaining treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze them for longer storage.

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Giving Thanks for Your Dog

If you found your way to my blog, I’m willing to bet you love dogs as much as I do. I feel so much gratitude every day that these animals willingly share their lives with us.

So this holiday season (no matter which holidays you celebrate), I encourage you to make some special treats, get in lots of cuddles, play whatever games your dog enjoys the most, and stop to really appreciate the amazing bond that is shared between our two species.

Thanksgiving Dog Treats Recipe

paw and bone shaped homemade thanksgiving dog treats

Turkey And Sweet Potato Thanksgiving Dog Treats

Yield: 40
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, these treats are a fun and healthy way to celebrate your pup!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup turkey, cooked
  • ½ cup sweet potato, mashed
  • ¼ cup cranberries, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened

Instructions

      1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
      2. Pierce a sweet potato several times with a fork, place on a baking sheet, and bake until softened (about 45 minutes).
      3. While the sweet potato is baking, cook the turkey (ground or chunk) over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Set aside.
      4. Chop ¼ cup of fresh or frozen cranberries.
      5. Finely shred ¼ cup of carrots.
      6. When soft, remove the sweet potato from the oven and mash with a fork.
      7. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).
      8. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, sweet potato, cranberries, carrots, oat flour, and applesauce. Mix until a thick dough forms.
      9. Press the dough into a silicon mold. Alternatively, roll out the dough until it is ½ inch thick, and form individual treats with a cookie cutter.
      10. Bake the treats for 45 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
      11. Allow the treats to cool completely before serving them to your (not so) patiently waiting pup.
      12. Store the treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for a longer shelf life.

Notes

  • For homemade oat flour, place rolled oats into a blender for a few seconds.
  • For homemade applesauce, cook 2 peeled apples (Fiji or similar) in 1 cup of water over medium heat until soft.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

FAQs: Thanksgiving Dog Treats

Can I use raw turkey instead of cooked turkey in the recipe?

It’s important to use cooked turkey in this recipe to ensure it’s safe for your dog to consume. Raw meat may contain harmful bacteria that could make your dog sick. Always cook meat thoroughly before adding it to any homemade dog treat recipes.

Can I substitute the oat flour with another type of flour?

Oat flour is a safe and nutritious option for dogs, but if you don’t have oat flour on hand, you can try using other dog-friendly flour like whole wheat flour or brown rice flour.

However, avoid using flours that contain gluten if your dog has a sensitivity or allergy to gluten.

Are cranberries safe for dogs to eat?

Yes, cranberries are safe for dogs to eat in moderation. They can provide health benefits such as antioxidants and urinary tract support.

Just remember, cranberries should be finely chopped or mashed to prevent choking hazards, especially for smaller dogs.

Can I add other ingredients to the recipe?

While this recipe includes turkey, sweet potato, cranberries, carrots, oat flour, and applesauce, you can customize it to suit your dog’s preferences and dietary needs.

Just make sure to avoid ingredients that are toxic to dogs, such as onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, nuts, and xylitol.

How should I store these homemade dog treats?

Store these homemade dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also freeze them for longer storage. Just be sure to thaw them completely before serving them to your dog.

And always check for signs of spoilage before feeding homemade treats to your pet.

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