All Natural Dog Treat Recipe
With Green Tea and Herbs
This all natural dog treat recipe uses green tea, which has been found to have powerful antioxidant properties and may be able to prevent cancer. Use decaffeinated green tea to make healthy, natural and delicious dog treats for your furbaby!
This natural dog treat recipe is low in fat, high in minerals (potassium, calcium, iron). It also has good vitamins A and C content.
Consumption of green tea may prevent cancer.
Also, this biscuit can freshen your dog's breath because of the parsley in the recipe.
Overall, it's a healthy all natural dog treat that is good for all dogs, and in particular older dogs.
Health Benefits of Ingredients
- Green Tea: Green tea is rich in flavonoids including catechins. You may have heard of EGCG - it is the most abundant catechin in green tea, and it is the EGCG that makes green tea such a powerful antioxidant. According to research done in Japan, green tea can lower the risk of death due to such causes as heart disease and various types of cancer. In addition, green tea has also been found to be antibiotic and antibacterial.
- Parsley: Parsley is a breath freshener, and has antimicrobial properties. It is also good for the liver.
- Rosemary: Rosemary is hailed by some herbalists as a "longevity herb" because it is a powerful antioxidant and contains substances that help prevent senility in general and Alzheimer's in particular. Since dogs can also get Alzheimer's (canine cognitive dysfunction), rosemary is a good herb for old dogs.
- Blackstrap Molasses: Blackstrap molasses not only gives a sweet taste that dogs love, but also additional nutrients because molasses is loaded with minerals, such as calcium, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, and magnesium.
Recipe: Dog Biscuit with Green Tea and Herbs
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
- Add molasses, yogurt, rosemary and parsley. Mix well.
- Knead a few times until you have a dough ball. Let it sit in the fridge for 5 minutes.
- Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to about 1/4" thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.
- Put cut-out biscuits onto the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Turn off the oven and leave the biscuits in for extra crunchiness.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container.
- Use organic local honey if you don't have blackstrap molasses.
- If you don't have green tea powder, use the content of green tea bags. Just make sure that the tea is decaffeinated.