Monday, 28 January 2019

{RECIPE} Beetroot and Carob Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

These yummy gummies use a dash of yummy carob to take the natural translucent red of a beetroot gummy to a richer more opaque deep red treat. Plus carob tastes/smells delish! 

Carob and beetroot is a combo I often use for a red-velvet inspired dog treats (trufflespupcakes, etc), and it works great in these simple gummies too. Both add-ins are natural and healthy, with a great scent/taste to make treats extra tempting.  Gummies only take a few minutes to make and (depending on the base and added ingredients) they are more of a healthy supplement than a treat (just don't tell the dogs!). Water-based gummies are a guilt-free pleasure at our house, and there is always a small batch of something yummy and gummy in the fridge.

Beetroot and Carob Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

1 cup cold water or low sodium stock
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1/2 tsp beetroot powder (can adjust to suit colour/taste preferences)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp carob powder (can adjust to suit colour/taste preferences and powder strength)

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. 

Put your beetroot and carob powders in a suitable container for mixing.  Tip: I like using a coffee milk jug when I make gummies - stain resistant, heat safe, easy pour, and dishwasher-friendly. Awesome! Mix a small spoonful of the liquefied gelatin with the powders to dissolve/mix with minimal lumps and clumps (carob powders can be clumpy), then add in the rest of your gelatin and mix to thoroughly combine.Spoon/pour the finished gelatin mixture into your molds.  Chill to set fully before removing from molds.  

Beetroot powder is a powerhouse tint - a little goes a long way! It tints a bright red in water (or a pretty pink in a white base). Carob tints a muddy brown (and my go-to natural carob powder also usually has small settled flecks). Combined, using a small amount of carob darkens the beetroot's red and also makes these gummies more opaque. The more carob, the browner the mix will become so don't overdo the combo.  You can read more about natural colourings for treats here.   Different powders may have stronger/weaker colours, so adjust to suit your preferences. As an added note, these gummies were made with a plain water base, and gummies made with stock may vary in tint/opacity. 

Tips and Tricks:

  • My dogs like the smell of "plain" and will happily accept plain gummies (gelatin and water) and I almost always just use water when making gummies with yummy add-ins, but a little tasty boost of chicken stock never goes astray. :) I normally recommend water or light stocks for tinting, as the stock can have a significant affect the colour; however, you could try using a darker stock in lieu of the carob (or with differing amounts) for a similar darkening effect on the beetroot.
  • 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.
  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid 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.
  • 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 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.


  1. Those are beautiful! I make yogurt gummies from your recipe for my dogs regularly, so each dog gets one every day. I may try adding beet root powder and carob to the next batch. Thanks for all your great ideas!

    1. Yum! Yogurt gummies with beetroot come out a gorgeous bright pretty pink so you won't get a red and I suspect that adding carob will turn that pink into perhaps a dusty pink (or darker depending on quantity). Not sure, but no doubt they'd be delish in any colour. If you try it, let me know! :)


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