Fresh Breath Mint Dog Treat Recipe

These homemade minty dog treats will help keep the doggy breath at bay (and your pup will love the tasty treat).

Dog treats in glass jar
Photo: Daily Paws / Jason Donnelly

All pet parents know the pain of getting a big kiss on the face from your dog, just to find out their breath absolutely reeks. In addition to a consistent teeth brushing regimen, these homemade mint dog treats made with oats, applesauce, and a touch of fresh mint leaves can help ease that doggy breath. Whether you're a baker at heart or simply just want to stray away from store-bought treats, these homemade fresh breath dog treats are the way to go. With seven ingredients and a total prep and baking time of only 40 minutes, your pooch will be on their way to better breath in no time.

Prep: 20 mins

Bake: 20 mins

Total: 40 mins

Yield: 120 1-inch treats


  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley*
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint*


Step One
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Place oats in a food processor. Cover and process until oats are almost flour consistency with a few big pieces left, about 30 seconds.

Step Two
In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, applesauce, canola oil, egg, parsley, and mint. Stir together until a dough forms.

Step Three
Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and roll to 1/8-inch thick. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the treats. Re-roll scraps as needed. Arrange treats on prepared pans.

Step Four
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until treats are dry to the touch and bottoms are light golden. Cool completely on pan before serving or storing.


*Dogs should consume mint and parsley only in very small amounts. Limit to one treat per day.

Storage: Transfer completely cooled treats to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw before serving.

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