Homemade Greenies: Easy Homemade Dog Treats for Bad Breath

Doggie Bad Breath be gone! These Homemade Greenies are a healthier version than the store bought version. You dog will love these Easy Homemade Dog Treats for Bad Breath and so will you!

Breath Freshening Dog Treats {Homemade Grain-Free Greenies}

I have to admit that I didn’t make these Easy Homemade Dog Treats for Bad Breath for our dogs. I made these for my little sister, Bella, my parents yorike (RIP sweet Belly, she crossed the rainbow bridge in 2022 at 14 years old). I never really had a need to buy our dogs Greenies, but they was more than glad to be my taste testers!

The first 30+ years of my life I was an only child. I guess Bella would classify as one of those change-of-life babies for my parents. Not that I mind, if I have to share my parents with a sibling, I’m more than excited for it to be a 6 pound Yorkshire Terrier.

Bella is the apple of my parents eye, I’m not to embarrassed to say she’s definitely their favorite child. And it’s totally ok with me, after all she was totally adorable and desperately missed by them every day!

But as her big sister, it was responsibility to look out for her, right?? And step in whenever necessary.

What are Greenies?

Bella was a very picky eater and my mom did her best to feed her a healthy, grain free diet.. but Bella loves her Greenies dog treats. They claim to freshen breath, clean teeth, etc… but with this extensive list of questionable ingredients they are hardly healthy for anyone’s fur baby – especially my precious little sister Bella!

What are Greenies Ingredients?

Greenies Ingredients according to their website: Wheat flour, wheat protein isolate, glycerin, gelatin, oat fiber, water, lecithin, natural poultry flavor, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, magnesium amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), choline chloride, dried apple pomace, fruit juice color, vitamins ( dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [vitamin B5], niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid), turmeric color.

Are Greenies Healthy for Dogs?

Now I’m the first to admit that I’m not a veterinarian and certainly not a expert at what keeps a dog’s teeth healthy – but I can say that there’s nothing naturally health boosting in that list of ingredients. In fact all those grains (wheat flour, wheat protein isolate and oat fiber, why we don’t use oat flour) are one of the most problematic allergenic pet food ingredients! Yuck! That’s why it’s imperative to always read the ingredients before reaching for any dental chews or dental treats!

For a healthier alternative, consider exploring dental chews and treats offered by trusted sources like PetLab. Visit PetLab for options that prioritize your dog’s dental health and overall well-being. Your furry friend deserves the best care possible!

Breath Freshening Dog Treats {Homemade Grain-Free Greenies}

Nothing is worse than an affectionate dog with stinky breath! Dog lovers like myself welcome friendly dog kisses, but bad dog breath makes it so hard to accept their enthusiastic greeting, especially it seems with small dogs. “Doggy Breath” isn’t something pet parents have to live with; once you’ve ruled out medical reasons for your dog’s bad breath like periodontal disease, tooth decay, dental disease or other specific health issues with the help of your veterinarian, it’s time to take action at home!

I’ve created an undeniably healthy alternative to Greenies for helping to keep your dog’s breath fresh and make stinky dog breath a thing of the past, while helping improve your dog’s oral health, too! My homemade fresh breath dog treats are not only healthy but dogs and cats love them too!

In any case, if your dogs do not enjoy these homemade greenies, you can also look for an alternative oral health product, namely Canine Fresh by Ultimate Pet Nutrition. It is a dental chew designed to clean teeth and gums, balance oral bacteria, reduce plaque and harmful bacteria, and address inflammation in your dog’s mouth tissues and gums.

Dog Treats for Bad Breath Ingredients

I hate to be the barer of bad news, but unlike my other recipes where I strive to use common ingredients these Homemade Greenies do need some specialty items. Don’t worry, they are all available on Amazon and I’ve included links:

*Curly parsley is the best choice for dogs, at very large quantities flat leaf parsely can cause digestive upset. It’s be to err on the side of caution – epecially when I’m sharing a recipe like this publically. I HAVE used flat leaf parsley without any worry (since it is a small amounts per homemade dog breath treats) but I need to be sure to cross my T’s and dot my I’s here at HSITK.

How to make Homemade Greenies

In your food processor combine all the healthy ingredients: mint, parsley leaves, charcoal, diatomaceous earth, brewers yeast, gelatin and egg. Process until smooth. Add melted coconut oil, ghee, bone broth and chlorophyll, process until well combined.

Add garbanzo bean flour 1/2 cup at a time, pulsing to combine until the mixture resembles a dough or will press together into your hand making a dough – similar to play dough. It should not be dry, add a few drops of water if it’s too dry or additional flour if too wet until it will hold together.

Using a rolling pin, roll out on parchment paper to roughly 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes using a cookie cutter. Carefully transfer to a cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Transfer to a cooling rack to cool before storing in an airtight container.

Alternatively, Rolled and cut cookies (raw) can be arranged on the trays of your dehydrator and dried at 125 degrees for a raw (not baked) treat.

And perhaps the best part is that you can fully customize the size; making them teenie tiny for the most petite pups like, Bella or big giant bones for large dogs like mine!

Breath Freshening Dog Treats {Homemade Grain-Free Greenies}

If in addition to having bad breath you are also looking for a way to boost your dog’s oral hygiene (instead of brushing or in addition to brushing their teeth) I recommend giving them size-appropriate raw beef bones to chew on. This chewing action will help to encourage healthy gums and remove plaque from their teeth and the bones are all natural ingredients too!

For small dogs, I recommend giving 1 treat per day and depending on the size of your dog, up to 5 for XL breeds like Great Dane. Giving these homemade treats on a regular basis as a part of your dog’s diet, you’ll find your pup’s breath will get better and better with time.

If you like these Homemade Greenies, try these Homemade Dog Treats Recipes next:

Breath Freshening Dog Treats {Homemade Grain-Free Greenies}

Homemade Greenies Recipe; Breath Freshening Dog Treats

These Homemade Greenies; Breath Freshening Dog Treats are healthy and easy to make. Perfect if you're looking for an alternative to store-bought "Greenies" treats. Made grain-free and yyour dog will love them!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • dog bone cookie cutter



  • In your food processor, combine mint, parsley, charcoal, diatomaceous earth, brewers yeast, gelatin and egg. Process until smooth.
  • Add melted coconut oil, ghee, bone broth and chlorophyll, process until well combined.
  • Add garbanzo bean flour 1/2 cup at a time, pulsing to combine until the mixture resembles a dough or will press together into your hand making a dough – similar to play dough. It should not be dry, add a few drops of water if it’s too dry or additional flour if too wet until it will hold together.
  • Roll out on parchment paper to roughly 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool before storing in an airtight container.


Rolled and cut cookies (raw) can be arranged on the trays of your dehydrator and dried at 125 degrees for a raw (not baked) treat.
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If you love making healthy treats for you fur babies – check out my Flea Prevention Dog Treats, Frosty Pumpkin Dog Treats and Homemade Dog Treats {1 Ingredient}

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  1. I just found your site. I was curious why you use Ghee. Why not use olive oil? Also, I saw that one person had a problem with DE, diatomaceous earth. It’s great for dog worms, etc. My father-in-law used to take it everyday. He said it was the only reason he had regular movements.

  2. Hey, thank you for putting this recipe together. I followed the recipe to a T, adding 1/2 a cup of gb flower at a time. However, I’m only at 2 cups of gb flower and feel I’ve added too much as the batter is super dry and not holding any form. I’ll probably add a little bit of water to get it back to the consistency that’s needed. I’m curious if others have found that the required amount of gb flower was closer to 1.5-2 cups. Thanks again for this post and recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Please add “curly parsley” only instead of Italian parsley. Italian parsley is toxic for dogs.

    1. Flat Leaf, Italian parsley (much like other items like garlic) are only toxic to dogs when ingested in large quantities. Feel free to sub in curly parsley if that is best for your dog but the quantity in this recipe is not a risk for any danger.

      1. But why would you not specify the parsley in the recipe into curly parsley? Even when this quantity isn’t exceeding the toxic limit, is it any more benificial? so So many resources are saying to avoid giving any flat parsley due to the canines. I did understand that some varieties are more toxic then others so why not play safe and suggest the curly one? I just made them but unfortunately will throw them away because it doesn’t feel right to me now I figured this out.

        1. “Watch those serving sizes, as parsley does contain a toxic compound called furanocoumarin which can be dangerous in excessive amounts. In smaller servings, however, parsley does your dog more good than harm” — parsley is the same as garlic, “excessive amounts” is the key to understanding that virtually anything can become toxic when over consumed – like drinking too much water will kill you (a lady recently passed away after drinking 4 bottles of water in a short period of time) – I understand your concern.

          I have people commenting constantly that coconut oil is toxic for dogs because it causes pancreatitis – when it’s more of an “all fats consumed excessively can result in pancreatitis, and not specifically coconut oil in normal amounts.

          a 1/2 cup of parsley – divided amongst a full batch of dog treats is NOT an excessive amount thus I do not feel it it necessary to specify curly.

        2. Furthermore, since you’ve been researching parsley as a toxic ingredient I’m sure I’m being redundant, however the concern is photosensitivity after consuming an excessive amount of parsley – “Parsley contains what is known as furanocoumarins. This product’s potency enhances with ultraviolet radiation. Basically, if your dog ingests this plant and then stays outside in the sun, he is at a higher risk of developing a skin reaction similar to sunburn. Scientists believe plants produce toxins like this as a defense mechanism.”

          I wanted to clarify that that is the ONLY concern with parsely.

  4. 5 stars
    In case anyone was wondering I did all the math, initial cost of bulk ingredients is about $125(if you’re buying bulk, which is usually better than buying enough for just a batch), and each batch is about $17 since unless you find decent chickpea flour in bulk it’s about $11 per batch for the flour alone. Overall it’s about half the price of a box of greenies and little over half a pound of extra mass, plus it’s grain-free(yes there’s grain-free greenies, but making it yourself is so much more fun!)and you more or less know where everything came from.

  5. diatomaceous earth? really? that is used to kill insects in gardening by cutting them so they dehydrate and die and you want to put that in your dogs belly? What purpose does it serve nutritionally or why have you chosen this?

    1. Yes Joanne! Really. Small does of FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous earth have been used internally in humans and animals without risk. I understand the correlation you are suggesting, but it’s not as easy as you think… Let’s look at this in a really basic way. DE does work the way you describe, so would you assume that coming into contact with your human skin, that it would also cut, dehydrate and kill you as well? One of the most widely accepted ways that DE is used for animals is topically to kill fleas.. based on your conclusion if DE kills fleas then it would also kill the dog too?

      DE has many benefits that can potentially help with bad breath in dogs – and it’s significantly safer than the enormous list of junk in greenies.

      One of the most popular health reasons to have your dog ingest DE is internal parasite control (which can cause bad breath!) Diatomaceous Earth has also been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Given this, Diatomaceous Earth is very useful as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser – that can also aid in treating bad breath!

    1. I’m not a doggie dentist so I can’t say if they clean teeth 😜 eating high quality raw diet and chewing bones keep our dogs teeth clean so I can’t speak from our personal experience either.

  6. Hi! How many treats does this make and how much did it cost to buy the ingredients? Have to stop buying the kirkland brand from costco because they just raised it by $10 within 2 months! .50 cents per bone! on top of his prescription food for pancreatitis. I have 8 cats and 2 dogs-trying to find the least expensive way to feed my animals well. Thanks for posting!

    1. The yield & dosage is highly dependentant on the size treat you make.
      I purchase both ingredients in bulk so I can’t say the cost per treat.

  7. Hi just wondering how long the biscuits last? It you batch cook them will the biscuits last a week or so before they go bad? Just wondering if I need to make little and often due to day to day duties etc plus I don’t give treats every day so would want them to last a bit thanks

  8. Do dogs eat these? It sounds like a great healthy recipe bit it’s a lot of ingredients to purchase if my dogs turn their noses up at them. Just wondering how the d. earth charcoal and chlorophyll affect the taste..

  9. Hello! I’m excited to try these homemade ‘greenies’ treats for my dog, Happy. He really loves his breath freshening treats. I was curious to what the benefit of diatomaceous earth are.

  10. Some of the ingredients links you have in the recipe are no longer available. Can any brand be used to substitute or should I look for a specific brand?

    1. Are you asking about the Brewers Yeast? It’s been unavailable for a while, I do like Lewis Labs best but use what you can find.

  11. Is there any substitute for the brewers yeast? My lil turd is undergoing a full body yeast infection off and on.

  12. Hi there! This seems like a great recipe.. can’t wait to try it. With your recipe, it looks like the treats turn out more crunchy, especially with baking. I’m hoping to achieve more of the chewy “greenie” type consistency for my pup. I’m also planning on using my dehydrator. Have you tried adding more gelatin to achieve that chewy consistency? I may just have to play with the recipe and and see what happens.

  13. You don’t use grains, which is fine, but then you choose to use activated charcoal? That’s certainly not something I would feed my dog unless she was ill from ingesting something poisonous.

    1. I’m not sure why you would think that activated charcoal given as a part of a health diet would be a negative? It’s NOT only beneficial for emergencies, here are some other activated charcoal uses that will help your dog:

      Indigestion Relief – Charcoal is effective at relieving indigestion and stomach upsets, in addition to getting rid of smelly gas. And dogs readily eat charcoal when they need it. They seem to know instinctively that it is good for them.
      Diarrhea – Activated charcoal can be used to relieve your dog’s diarrhea, and it will not cause constipation.
      Charcoal lowers cholesterol – Even dogs can have high cholesterol. Charcoal can help keep cholesterol within healthy limits.
      Snake bites and spider bites – You can even use a poultice made of Activated Charcoal Powder and water on a snake bite or spider bite. Mix the powder with cornstarch or oatmeal and water, until you have a thick paste. Apply to the wound and cover with a large bandage. Change frequently and use fresh charcoal powder.
      Doggie Odors – Activated charcoal for dogs is also used routinely to eliminate animal body and breath odors.
      When you add charcoal to a dog treat recipe, the treats can be used to freshen your dog’s breath—which can sure make your life a lot nicer! This is one of those remedies that has been used for hundreds of years safely and effectively. Why argue with success?
      Dog Poisoning – Activated charcoal is a natural blood cleanser, and it protects the liver when your dog has eaten something poisonous.

  14. I found that the batter was really sticky even stuck to the rolling pin. I had to use coconut oil on the pin in order to have it not stick as much. Any suggestions to avoid this?

  15. I would add a 1/2 tsp of turmeric to these dog treats, to help with gum inflammation. Bad breath could be caused from gum disease and/or tarter issues. Also brush with coconut oil, mixed with a pinch of turmeric and powdered egg shells, to remove tarter.

    1. its going to depend on how thick your treats are and what type of dehydrator you are using. By default I would let them dry 6 hours then check them. they should be crisp

  16. How many treats does this recipe yield? How many should you be giving a dog daily? Also, is baking or dehydrating the treats healthier?

    1. Stephanie – the yield of the recipe is determined by the size of the cookie cutter you use. These are TREATS and you’ll need to determine that by the size/health of your pet. Dehydrating would be more healthy based on less heat.

  17. Hey! I plan to collaborate with my neighbor and sell natural dog treats. I was wondering, what is the benefit of garbanzo bean flour, grain free? I was just wondering because I have been using whole wheat flour due to expenses. Thanks for the time and I hope to hear back!

    1. A highly processed, grain-based diet fed to an animal (like dogs) who is naturally designed to thrive on a meat-based, fresh food diet is very likely to produce symptoms of ill-health over time. Diets to address disease most frequently deal with the symptoms that are the result of a lifetime of inappropriate food, not the true cause of their symptoms. The optimum diet for a dog or a cat should closely resemble their natural diet. A diet balanced heavily toward grain promotes insulin production and the production of inflammatory chemicals. Over-production of insulin makes it hard for the body to maintain its correct weight, and can lead to diabetes and other problems. An overabundance of inflammatory chemicals means more aches and pains.

  18. I love this post and I always refer to my dogs as brother and sister to the Other Kids we have lol. I am going to give this a try because my Maltese has pretty bad breath. I am also making your Flea prevention doggie treats tonight – my little ones don’t have fleas but I am happy to find a way to incorporate coconut oil into their lives. Thanks so much!

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