Monday, 24 September 2018

{RECIPE} Peanut Butter Gummy Dog Treats


Mmm...peanut butter!  That smell is so doggone irresistible!  When I first tried to use peanut butter in a gummy treat, it didn't work out quite as smoothly as I had hoped.  Peanut butter can be tricky to melt uniformly into a water-based gelatin mixture. Peanut butter is already an emulsion, and the usual emulsifier melting points are warmer than the ideal heating point for gelatin gummy making (overheating reduces the setting strength). So I put my human cooking knowledge and nerdy skills to use on a revised method. These treats split the prepwork, making it easy to create a nice uniform peanut butter gelatin mix that sets beautifully.  Yay!  Here's how they're made:


Peanut Butter Gummy Dog Treats

These ingredient volumes will make approximately 1 cup of gummy mixture. The recipe can be easily scaled to suit your molds/pans - see tips below on scaling, molds, and more.

3/4 cup cold water
3 tbsp gelatin
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp boiling hot water

Measure cold water/stock into a suitable pot/pan. Tip: I've like 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.  Place your bloomed gelatin pan on the stove and 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.

Place your peanut butter in a heat safe container. Tip: I like using one of our stainless steel coffee machine milk jugs. They're a good size for a typical base batch, stain resistant for anything I may be using in the mix, and can be popped in the dishwasher for easy clean-up. Perfect. Incrementally add small amounts of boiling hot water, stirring it into the peanut butter until it melts together.  Add your warm gelatin mixture to the melted peanut butter mixture and stir to combine thoroughly.

To help avoid any suspended bits from settling to the bottom and making it difficult to cleanly separate the gummies from the molds, you can allow the peanut butter gelatin mix to cool down to just above its setting point. Slowly, stirring often, allow the mixture to cool and thicken.  You can do this at room temperature, or speed it up by using the fridge or an ice bath, if you prefer. When the mixture has thickened enough, spoon/pour the finished gelatin mixture into your molds.  Chill to set fully before removing from molds.



Tips and Tricks:
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol (E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • 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 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.

2 comments:

  1. Hi there, I tried this recipe for the first time, it is the first one of yours that I tried. The gummy treats were so intriguing that I just had to try making them. Worked out perfectly! My dalmatian is very pleased with the results too. I come from Germany, so I had to convert the units.
    I used:
    175 ml cold water,
    2 packs of gelantine, which is around 18 g (I think you use more, but I had only 2 packs left),
    30g peanut butter and also
    30g (or 30 ml) boiling water.
    Conincidentally I have the exact same molds like you, it filled slightly less than the one paw and one bone mold, but better less then too much. I love your blog and will definitivly try some more recipes.

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    1. Hi Jenna! Thanks for the lovely comment! Glad to hear you and you dog were both pleased. :)

      Thanks also for your feedback on units - conversion in both formats is something that may be handy for me to include in the future as I'm planning to (slowly) reformat some of our layouts and content.

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