Homemade Peanut Butter and Sweet Potato Treats for Chickens and Dogs

January 23, 2014

Even before all the dog treat recalls in recent years, I have always loved making homemade treats for our dogs because I knew they were eating healthy, all natural ingredients. I haven't made them any treats in awhile, so when I recently had some leftover sweet potatoes, I decided it was time to whip up a batch. I have also subbed in pumpkin for the sweet potato....and  can I just say, they were a huge hit, even with our super picky German Shepherd Bella!

All the while I was mixing up the dough I kept thinking, wow, the chickens love sweet potatoes....the chickens love peanut butter, and oats, and molasses...so after I cut out some cute bone-shaped biscuits for the dogs, I decided to make some treats for the chickens too. In honor of Valentine's Day, I made heart-shaped cookie cutouts and poked holes in them with a wooden chopstick so I could string them on twine to make a garland for the girls for their run. Both the dogs and chickens absolutely loved the treats and I love that they are so healthy for them.

Sound good? Are you ready to get started? 

Homemade Peanut Butter and Sweet Potato Treats for Chickens and Dogs


3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley
2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 cup cooked, mashed or pureed sweet potato (you can also use squash or canned pumpkin)
3 fresh eggs
1 Tablespoon molasses

Instructions for both Chicken and Dog Treats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the wheat flour, oats and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the peanut butter, sweet potato, eggs and molasses in a separate bowl and then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Roll out your dough on a floured surface to about a 1/2″ thickness and then use a cookie cutter to cut the desired shapes. Arrange on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely. Store extra treats in an airtight container at room temperature.

For the Dog Treats

Cut dough using a bone-shaped cookie cutter. Feed as an occasional treat to good puppies only!

For the Chicken Treats

Cut dough using a heart-shaped cookie cutter and then carefully poke two holes in the top of each heart using a wooden chopstick. After the treats cool, string them on a length of twice and hang the garland in your run.

I love that with one recipe I can make treats for both the dogs and the chickens....but of course, then I have to explain to Winston why there were dog treats hanging in the chicken run!


  1. Oh I love your valentine themed header, so cute. And I am always on the look out for cat treats...yours look really good. I am wondering if I can convert a few ingredients to make them Boo tasty.


    1. Thanks Jen! Its a bit blurry, I need to tweak it a bit, but I wanted something Valentine's Dayish! I bet if you subbed in a few Boo-friendly ingredients Boo would love them! Our cat is a total Meow Mix fanatic! He won't even eat good-guality cat food! But try some for Boo...

  2. Those are so cute! And Winston looks very annoyed that his treats are hanging in the chicken run! Too cute! Easily adaptable to our high-allergy dogs!

    Now to find the cat treat recipe Lisa mentioned.. I've been meaning to make some myself, our cats are ridiculously finicky about their treats! Except Oliver, who eats the dog's duck jerky. He comes out when it's dogs-in-the-crate time, hoping it's a jerky day... :)

  3. Can the chickens have them if they are made with pumpkin?


    1. They sure can! They would love either pumpkin, or any other kind of squash.

  4. should chickens eat eggs?
    i want chickens, but don't have them yet. still, i'm trying to learn what i can.

  5. you need a feed lic and you need to send your treats to a lab for testing before you can even sell anything the same for chickens too.

    1. I don't sell any dog or chicken treats ... but even if I did, I don't actually believe that's entirely true because I did look into it several years ago. Selling pet treats isn't anywhere near as restrictive as selling human food.

  6. What can I substitute for the peanut butter since I have a son with peanut allergies? Sunflower butter or soy butter? Any recommendations?


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