Are you ever overwhelmed by the odor coming from your pooch’s mouth? Don’t be embarrassed to say yes … bad breath in dogs is very common. While I definitely recommend brushing your dog’s teeth to tackle the root of the problem (plaque, tartar, and bacteria), you can also toss your pup a breath mint! Well, not just any breath mint. Enter: These gluten-free fresh breath dog treats.
Of course, your precious pooch doesn’t have to have stinky breath to enjoy these homemade biscuits.
A Look At The Ingredients
Oat Flour – While oats are considered gluten-free they are sometimes grown in fields along with gluten products so there could be cross-contamination. If you want your dog eating completely gluten-free then look for oats that have the “gluten-free” label.
Coconut Flour – Offers fiber, good fat, and protein. HERE is the coconut flour that I use!
Mint – In moderation, mint is great for your pup’s breath and digestive health. According to the Continental Kennel Club, wild mint, spearmint, and peppermint are all non-toxic to dogs. The only species that you must watch out for is English pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium).
Parsley – Parsley is another fresh breath herb that can benefit your pooch when consumed in moderation. It’s considered safe in dried and fresh forms and has been known to fight inflammation, soothe stomach upset, fight arthritis, fight urinary tract infections, and aid detoxification.
Eggs – While the eggs act as a binder in this recipe, they also provide some protein, vitamin D and other beneficial nutrients.
Coconut Oil – This superfood has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It’s also been linked to increased nutrient absorption and improved digestion. This stuff is so great, I wrote an entire blog post about it!
A Note On Measuring Flour
When measuring flour, a lot of people have the urge to take their measuring cup, stick it in the flour bag, and scoop. Does that sound familiar? While it may be the easiest way to gather a cup of flour, it won’t leave you with an accurate measurement. Instead, all of my recipes use the traditional “spoon and level” method.
- Take a spoon and fluffy up the flour so it is no longer compacted in the bag or canister.
- Spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup until it reaches the top.
- Use the back of a knife to level off the flour.
- Do not compact it, tap it, or press it down. Just leave it fluffy.
I hope you have as much fun making these as I did. If you haven’t ordered a dog bone cookie cutter yet then you’re missing out. I get such a kick out of making pretty treats!
Fresh Breath Dog Treats
- 3 cups oat flour
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350º and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set Aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oat flour, coconut flour, mint, and parsley.
- Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add remaining wet ingredients. Mix together with a spoon or fork.
- With your hands, knead dough for several minutes, eventually forming a dough ball.
- Sandwich dough ball between two sheets of parchment paper and roll flat (about 1/4" thick) with a rolling pin.
- Using a cookie cutter, stamp out biscuits.
- Place biscuits on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
*Please Note: If you find your dog is having continuous offensive bad breath, it’s a good idea to get him checked out by your vet. Bad breath in dogs is often a sign of a dental or medical issue.