I enjoy baking cookies for my dogs because I know that even if I'm a terrible cook, they will always love what I make for them.
I found this recipe online a while ago and make these mint cookies for my dogs. I'm hoping to get my herb garden going again soon so that I can make these again. If you don't grow mint and parsley at home, you can purchase the herbs from a store.
I hope your dogs enjoy these as much as mine do.
Dogs can get bad breath from plaque build-up caused by infrequent brushing, insufficient water intake, or just from the foods they eat. These dog mint cookies might help get rid of your dog’s bad breath, if not, they are still a healthy and yummy treat I'm sure your fur babies will love.
Key Ingredients and Why They Work
There are a few crucial ingredients in these dog mint cookies that make them work while keeping them healthy for your dog. First, the oats. Flavored oats are off-limits for dogs, but these old-fashioned rolled oats are fantastic! Look for gluten-free oats to give your pup fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant-based protein.
Next up, let’s chat parsley. The green leaves of the parsley plant contains chlorophyll, which works to eliminate bacteria. Getting rid of excess bacteria means better breath for your dog! Parsley also happens to be great for your dog’s digestive system, too.
Then, there’s the mint. Mint makes everyone’s breath better, from humans to our furry friends. It will add a nice, light flavor to the dog mint cookies. The smell is soothing to your dogs, too, and it will flavor their breath after they eat one of the treats.
Note: Always check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Also, please be aware of any allergies your pet may have to specific ingredients. If your dog is allergic to eggs, for example, make sure to omit that ingredient from the recipe! Be sure to avoid ingredients which have caused reactions in your pets in the past. If you are unsure about a specific ingredient found in the recipe, introduce the food to your pets in small amounts first.
Dog Mint Cookies Recipe
· 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats,
· 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
· 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
· 1 large egg (see tip below for dogs with allergies to chicken products)
· 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 tablespoon (more water as needed to form the dough)
· 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)
1. Preheat the oven to 160° C
2. Add oats to a blender and pulse to a flour like consistency. In a large bowl whisk together diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Add oat flour and stir to combine. Knead dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
3. Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten dough to about 3mm thick. Using a cookie cutter or knife cut out approximately 40 (25mm mints) mints. Place mints about
6 mm apart on a parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet.
4. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
5. Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.
6. Tip: For dogs with allergies to chicken products, substitute one large egg with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.