Friday, 23 February 2018

{RECIPE} Green Apple Gummy Dog Treats

Goody goody green apples!  We're more gummy-a-day keeps the doctor away gelatin supplement fanatics, but in the spirit of our Year of the Dog pledge to always have gummies on hand in the fridge as "treats" we're playing with lots of flavour combos and mixtures. Technically, these treats are beige, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up we couldn't resist adding some fresh green colour.  Unlike most of our treats, I actually used food colouring in these instead of natural add-ins as I was chasing a bright apple green, but we also have naturally coloured kale and herb gummies prepped for sharing along with some other pawesome St. Patrick's Day treats, so stay tuned for more ideas.

I didn't have any shamrock or clover themed molds (although I so have cookie cutters that you'll be seeing in an upcoming treat post), and I've been making a lot of paw/bone shapes lately so I went with classic hearts for these gummies.  Love through treats (in moderation of course) is a-ok by me, especially when the treats are healthy!

Green Apple Gummy Dog Treats

3/4 cup low sodium stock (pale works best for tinting) or cold water
3 to 3.5 tbsp plain gelatin powder
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce or unsweetened apple juice
2 tbsp low fat plain yogurt
Green food colouring or natural tint (optional)

Measure stock/water into a pan. Tip: I've recently started using a pan instead of a pot when prepping gummies. More surface area makes for easier blooming. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat, as this can reduce the setting strength of your gelatin.   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 applesauce/juice, yogurt, and colouring (optional) and stir to thoroughly combine. Pour into your molds and chill to set fully before removing from molds.

Tips and Tricks:
  • My go-to stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. You can also buy stock, but where we live it's hard to source ready-made unsalted or truly low-sodium stock. 
  • 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 you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to water it down for easier mixing.  I also find measuring the yogurt and letting it sit to warm a bit while I prep the rest of the gummy base can be handy for smoother blending than straight cold yogurt.
  • If your dog is sensitive to dairy, you can use an alternative ingredient such as lactose-free milk or coconut milk to turn your stock base white/opaque, or skip it and use stock/apple to make a translucent green gummy.  You can also 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. 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. I find that flexible molds work best as stiff molds can be tricky for removal. Supple silicon molds are tricky to move when full of liquid, so place of a portable surface to help you get things into the fridge without mess and stress.
  • 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 (or cut into pieces from your pan), 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, although this can affect consistency. If gummies are frozen, I find that defrosting in the fridge uncovered on a plate or dishtowel helps to make sure that they thaw semi-dry instead of getting a little slippery. Freezing causes gelatin to separate which tends to bleed out some liquid content in addition to condensation factors. 

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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