Cooking with Toddlers: Sweet Potato Dog Treats


Fig and Mafalda, our sassy little dachshund, have always had a love-hate relationship from the beginning. The two most frequent things heard ( read: yelled)  in our house by me are “Mafalda, stop humping Fig!” and “Fig, no pulling Mafalda’s ears!”. Yes, my dog’s favorite activity aside from eating is hands-down humping Fig. Meanwhile, Fig just can’t resist a good old tug on Mafalda’s long and floppy ears. I’m continually finding myself refereeing wrestling matches between the two of them, making sure Fig doesn’t steal Mafalda’s bones and eat them ( he’s done it before) and of course, trying to keep the humping and ear pulling to a minimum.

But deep down inside, I know their best friends. Mafalda will attempt to dismember anybody who comes too close to Fig on our walks ( I’ve actually considered putting a muzzle on her for this very reason) and Fig will vehemently protect Mafalda should some poor unsuspecting 3 year old ask to pet her.

So, in honor of their friendship we decided to whip up some Sweet Potato Cookies for our furry pal. Despite some initial trepidation on Mafalda’s part she soon decided they were amazing and proceeded, for the next 5 hours, to beg and whine for more. Even little Fig took a few bites and decided they were pretty good indeed.



Are those treats ready yet?!?

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

  • Two cooked  and cooled sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 coconut oil
  • A dash of maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Combine all ingredients in bowl
  • Form a 1 inch cookie and place on an oiled baking sheet
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes

hmm..smells healthy…I don’t know about this.


Oh yeah baby….this is the good stuff!



Belly full of treats..resting on her neck "pillow" ( she has a paw chewing problem we are trying to solve)

Life is good..belly full of treats, resting on her neck “pillow” ( she has a paw chewing problem we are trying to solve)