Monday, 23 January 2017

{RECIPE} Yogurt Gelatin Healthy Heart Gummy Dog Treats

These little hearts are so easy and our dogs LOVE them.  Made in two steps to protect the probiotic content of the yogurt, these gummies are quick and healthy treats that you can feel good about sharing with your dog...even literally if you'd like to sample! I'm not into eating gelatin myself, but it's great for humans as well as dogs. :)  When made with plain yogurt, these gummies are naturally a creamy white, but the mixture can also be tinted with either compatibly flavoured natural colourings or food colouring before pouring into your molds if you wish.

Yogurt Gelatin Healthy Heart Gummy Dog Treats

1/2 Cup Cold Water
3 to 3.5 Tbsp Plain Gelatin Powder
1/2 Cup Low Fat Yogurt

Measure water into a small saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin powder and let sit for five minutes to bloom/gel. Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Check that your liquid temperature is below 50C (120F) to protect your probiotic content (allow to cool a little if needed), then add the yogurt and stir to thoroughly combine. Pour into your molds. Chill to set fully before removing from molds.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Remember to go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs. If your dog is sensitive to dairy, check out our other gummy recipes for alternative ideas.
  • These are firm gummies, since I like to supplement my dogs with gelatin, especially my senior.  If you prefer, you can use less gelatin for a jigglier jelly treat. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger/weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • Yield will depend on your treat size and thickness, but in my experience a cup of gelatin mixture will make roughly a dozen large (like those shown) molded gummies. Volumes are easily scaled.  If you want a precise measure of a specific pan/mold capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water to measure the volume required to fill.
  • If you're using shaped pans, keep them simple for easy breakage-free removal. 
  • Once set, they are now ready to eat, but for an even better "real" gummy texture/feel, after you have taken the treats out of the mold, return them to the refrigerator on a plate/tray uncovered to dry for a day before normal container storage.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage. If gummies are  frozen, I find that defrosting in the fridge uncovered on a plate or dishtowel helps to make sure that they thaw dry instead of getting a little slippery.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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