Monday, 30 October 2017

{RECIPE} Turmeric Latte Golden Milk Gummy Dog Treats


Both of our dogs have turmeric regularly, both in some of their homemade treats and sprinkled directly onto their food.  Sometimes this is sprinkle a coconut oil mixture (see this guest post for how to make Golden Powder doggy sprinkles) but often I just sprinkle a little powder straight-up onto their food.  We give a number of different healthy add-ins this way to keep things interesting with variety, but turmeric is a favourite of both dogs for smell/taste and us for its potential health benefits.  When Oli was heading into cataract surgery, I wasn't sure whether sprinkling quick-to-stain turmeric on his meals would be a good idea given we anticipated significantly impaired vision during healing. Oli is a very messy eater at the best of times (cleaning tips here) and I could imagine things getting rather nasty in a hurry: blind eating, stainy turmeric, white fur, tender face, Elizabethan collar...uh-oh... I decided to whip up a batch of extra potent turmeric gummies for his recovery. This an adaptation of our lightly seasoned and simpler turmeric gummy recipe, as shown in our Golden Gummy Stars, and I think it's a new gummy favourite! Full of healthy ingredients, doggone delicious scents/flavours, and low-mess goodness. Yay!



Turmeric Latte / Golden Milk Gummy Dog Treats

1 cup plain homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock
3 tbsp powdered gelatin (see tips below)
2 tbsp ground turmeric (see note below)
Sprinkle of ground black pepper
Sprinkle of ground ginger
Sprinkle of ground Ceylon cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut milk powder 

You can use more or less of the spices/seasonings if you wish to alter the supplementation content or smell/taste of the gummies, or something omit completely to better suit your dog. These are intentionally strong in turmeric, for reasons in the introduction above.  Powdered low-fat coconut milk works wonderfully for baking/cooking.  In addition to helping balance the strong earthy turmeric, it adds nutrients and a great scent (and I assume taste, but didn't sample!) to the gummies. 

Scale volumes to suit your mold or pans.  Measure broth into a small saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin powder and let sit for five minutes to bloom/gel. Add and mix in the seasonings to combine. Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved.  Sir through the turmeric.  Remove from heat and pour into silicone molds (shaped gummies) or a glass pan (cut and slice). Chill to set thoroughly before removing from the molds. 


Tips and Tricks: 
  • Volumes are very 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 and scale your added gelatin powder to suit the volume of liquid for your batch of treats.
  • If you're using shaped molds, keep them simple for easy breakage-free removal. Prep space in your fridge for set-up and, if your mold is flexible, plate it on a firm tray or support for movement after filling as spilled liquid gummy sets almost immediate and is a mess definitely don't want! I use a cutting board - easy peasy!
  • Remember, turmeric stains, so pick your cookware with care, clean-up any spills quickly, and keep stain-awareness in mind when giving treats.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock, but it's VERY easy to make your own doggy stock while cooking or just simmer a few leftover bones and/or veggies.  
  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of stock (which is already a little thick au natural) makes firm gummies, but if you prefer, you can use more gelatin for added supplementation or less for a jigglier jelly treat with lower gelatin content. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger/weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • 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/dish 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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

3 comments:

  1. P.S. I love my bone mold, but do find that it makes rather large treats. I'd rather dish out smaller treats more often. These and many other treats are usually ripped in half, with one piece for each dog -- perfect for us. :)

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  2. Nice! My dog isn't wild for jelly or frozen treats but loves a spoonful of your bone broth. I might try the sprinkles.

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    1. The texture of a gummy or coldness of a frozen treat might be a bit weird for some dogs - my wild beasts love just about anything, but Oli (wolf) is more into his icy treats than Humphrey (slow licker). Humphrey is a heat seeker, so not surprised really. :)

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