Last spring, I shared this recipe for doggy breath mints, and it was a huge hit. I got so many messages from dog parents who were so happy to find a yummy, wholesome treat that also seemed to help tame their mutt’s doggy breath.
A few weeks ago, I was perusing Etsy when I came across a mint and parsley dog treat that also claimed to be great for giving dogs a “fresh minty smile”, and I decided I’d like to try and put together my own recipe. After all, I’m a huge believer that what comes out of my own kitchen is far better for my dogs than anything I could ever buy from a store.
And wa la, this recipe was born.
Trust me when I tell you that dogs love mint for its mildly spicy sweetness. I’ve used mint in many recipes for my dogs, and it’s always a hit. Both Nike and Georgie love these mint & parsley treats, and while I don’t know for sure that the treats actually help get rid of doggy breath, they definitely make my dogs happy.
And they make me happy because the recipe uses healthy ingredients. It’s easy to whip up a batch in no time, and of course I love the way my dogs hang out with me in the kitchen, just knowing that I’m making something for them.
- 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 T vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 2 T fresh mint, chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 10-12 drops green food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, oil, water, and herbs. Mix well.
- Add food coloring, then knead the dough until color is evenly dispersed.
- Roll out the dough on parchment paper, using extra flour as needed so it doesn't stick.
- Roll out about 1/4 to 1/2 thickness.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
- Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes.
- Let treats cool before serving.
- Treats may be stored in an air tight container for 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
I love to use different cookie cutters when making treats for my dogs. The bone-shaped ones are almost always my first choice, but occasionally I’ll go with something else. This cookie cutter set from Amazon is one of my favorites, and so reasonably priced, too.
Like I said, I can’t guarantee this treat is going to tame that awful doggy breath, but I can almost promise your dogs will love them. And if you’re anything like me, that will put a smile on your face.
When you make these fun minty treats for your dog, why not share a photo with us on our Facebook page? We’d love to see what you and your mutt think of them!