Yummy, healthy, and easy to make! These spiced apple gummy dog treats are quick and delicious. Like most gummy treats, they're low guilt at our place where the dogs absolutely love their gummy treats and we love that they are getting the health benefits of quality gelatin (I typically use Great Lakes beef gelatin) in sneaky "treat" form.
Spiced Apple Gummy Dog Treats
3/4 cup cold water
3 tbsp gelatin
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
Optional: Sprinkle of ground ginger and/or Ceylon cinnamon. I used around 1/2 tsp of each. 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.
Measure the water into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel. Once your gelatin is bloomed and ready, gently stir the bloomed gelatin mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and mix in the applesauce and (optional) spices. Pour/spoon into silicone molds (shaped gummies) or a glass pan (cut and slice). Chill to set thoroughly.
Our dogs love gummy in just about any dog-friendly flavour - even plain water and gelatin straight up (it doesn't get much less guilt-free a treat than that!) but Oli loves (LOVES) the smell of cinnamon and is a huge fan of fruity flavours too. I decided to create an apple spice gummy recipe after watching him go wild over the cinnamon scent of Cookie + Kate's homemade granola (recipe from this cookbook) toasting in the oven. Any treat that gets old boy Oli's "crazy eyes" is a winner in my books...
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.
- 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.
- 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.