Apple Mint Dog Biscuits

Herbal Dog Treats

MINT 

It’s easier and quicker to purchase pre-made dog biscuits. Sometimes, we’re busy and who needs one more thing to do? But my furry family members deserve handmade herbal treats just like I do. And since I love the meditative process of lining the baking sheet with these minty treats, it’s a good thing for me, too. It’s takes a while to roll them into balls and line ‘em up, but it quiets the mind.

I’ve been making these biscuits for as long as I’ve had Maia, our little rescue terrier. I adopted her in 2010. When my son and daughter-in-law gave me a cute little GSD puppy (Phoebe) in 2016, it was clear she liked them, too.

And what’s not to like? Apple, mint, egg, some type of fat and garbanzo bean flour make these biscuits a yummy treat.

Mint is very good for digestion. Not that my dogs have many issues with that, but this gentle herb can be consumed daily to support digestion.

Just as we humans will have a cup of mint tea when we have a stomachache, dogs benefit from this herb, too. I like mint in my tea whether I have an upset stomach or not.

What do we know about mint?

It’s known as a carminative which means it aids digestion by relieving gas pain and increasing peristalsis. Also good for nausea.

Apple Mint Dog Biscuits

Maia and Phoebe waiting for their biscuits 🙂

My dogs get their biscuit after they eat their meal. Sometimes, I throw the biscuit a few feet away and they chase it down. I never get bored of this game and neither do they.

 

 

Mint is calming to the nervous system. If you have a nervous pooch, these biscuits might be good to have on hand. I trim a few sprigs from my spearmint plant outside when I’m making these biscuits.

 

 

 

I brought this plant from my previous home and it survived its first winter with snow just fine! I’m impressed.

Good Herb

 

 

Yerba Buena (good herb) is a hearty plant that loves moist areas. I love the pretty white flowers on this low-lying herb. It spreads as a nice ground-cover if its happy.

Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena with Sand Strawberry (delicate white blooms)

 

Recipe for Apple Mint Dog Biscuits
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium apple
  • 5 sprigs of fresh Mint
  • 2 cups of garbanzo bean flour
  • 2 TB of fat (coconut oil, ghee, lard)

 

Apple in food processorDirections: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Blend apple in a food processor until pureed.

Add egg, mint, fat and flour.

Thoroughly blend. The dough should be thick.

herbal dog biscuit dough

Blended in food processor

 

Grease baking sheet. Roll biscuits into desired sized balls and place on baking sheet.

Ready to bake 🙂

Bake until biscuits are hard. Turn off oven. Using a spatula, move the biscuits on the baking sheet to loosen them. Leave in oven to harden the biscuits a bit more (until the oven cools). This makes them crunchy for your pooch. Store them in an airtight container. Store in freezer until ready to use and then store in fridge.

 

 

You can experiment with this recipe by adding different herbs, maybe chamomile (another calming herb). Have fun!

 

Now, it’s your turn. Have you made dog treats? If so, share your experience below!


Resources:

Winston & Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Winston, David & Kuhn, Merrily A 2007

 

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