Monday, 5 March 2018

{RECIPE} Naturally Green Kale and Herb Gummy Dog Treats

Gummies are some of the simplest treats we make (one of our go-to favourites), but they're also some of the healthiest. Pawesome! A batch of gummies takes only a few minutes to prepare, most of which is hands-off for blooming, and then they're off to set in the fridge. Easy peasy! 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, so you'll be seeing plenty of pawesome gummy ideas here on the blog. 

Last year for St. Patrick's Day we made layered green and gold gummies. This year, we've kept the green and played with the flavouring of the recipe for a chicken soup inspired adaptation on a basic green gummy.  My dogs are absolute fiends for the scent of rosemary, so that was the starting point and key addition for my seasoning but included some other dog-friendly herbs as well along with a sprinkle of ground black pepper. You can use any dog-safe add-ins that you and your dog enjoy, and customise the recipe to account for your pet's tastes and nay special dietary/health requirements.

Naturally Green Kale and Herb Gummy Dog Treats

1 cup low sodium stock (pale works best for tinting) or cold water, divided
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1-2 tbsp dog-friendly dried herbs (optional, for flavour)
1-2 tbsp kale powder (optional, for colour/flavour)

Measure cold stock/water. Reserve 1-2 tbsp to be used to pre-mix the kale powder for easier addition to the gelatin mixture once prepared, and pour the rest 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 with gelatin powder and let sit for five minutes to fully bloom/gel. Add the herbs (optional) so that their flavour infuses the mixture during heating. Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Combine the reserved stock/water and kale powder and mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared gelatin mixture and stir to combine. Pour the finished gelatin mixture into your molds and chill to set fully before removing from molds. Tip: Herbs may settle or float depending on weight, so try to distribute them amongst the treats. They will still stick to the gummies once set, but will be visibly concentrated on the tops/bottoms of your treats.

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. In our hot summer weather, my boys also like their treats straight from the freezer.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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.


  1. This looks like a great. and easy recipe to do. I'm going to make some for some of the pups that come to the office. Thanks for the share.
    World of Animals

    1. Gummies are sooooo easy to make and can be adapted into tons of different doggone delicious flavours. We always have some in our fridge. Enjoy! :)

    2. Sounds good. We are going to make some this week. Thanks again. Have a great day!!!!

  2. Is it possible to make these so that they can be stored at room temperature for up to a week? I assume it is the stock that requires refrigeration but if I were to use water instead do they still need to be refrigerated?

    1. Hi there!

      Homemade gummies with ingredients like stock, dairy, fruits, veggies, etc (dog or human) are always best refrigerated (or frozen) as there are no added preservatives.

      If you are making gummies with ingredients that would otherwise be individually shelf-stable at room temperature (check out today's peanut butter recipe for a tempting idea!) you should be able to keep them unrefrigerated for a few days in a sealed container but I wouldn't push it. Gelatin powders are only self-stable because they are moisture free and once you've added any type of liquid (even just water) to your otherwise self-stable gelatin, it won't keep.

      Hope that helps! :)


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