Monday, 30 October 2017
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{RECIPE} Turmeric Latte Golden Milk Gummy Dog Treats

Turmeric gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like bones

Both of our dogs have turmeric regularly, both in some of their homemade treats and sprinkled directly onto their food.  Sometimes this is sprinkle a coconut oil mixture (see this guest post for how to make golden powder dog food sprinkles) but often I just sprinkle a little powder straight-up onto their food.  We give a number of different healthy add-ins this way to keep things interesting with variety, but turmeric is a favourite of both dogs for smell/taste and us for its potential health benefits.  When Oli was heading into cataract surgery, I wasn't sure whether sprinkling quick-to-stain turmeric on his meals would be a good idea given we anticipated significantly impaired vision during healing. Oli is a very messy eater at the best of times (see our dog-friendly home cleaning tips) and I could imagine things getting rather nasty in a hurry: blind eating, stainy turmeric, white fur, tender face, Elizabethan collar...uh-oh... I decided to whip up a batch of extra potent turmeric gummies for his recovery. This an adaptation of our lightly seasoned and simpler turmeric gummy recipe, as shown in our golden gummy star dog treats,. Full of healthy ingredients, doggone delicious scents/flavours, and low-mess goodness. Yay!



Turmeric Latte / Golden Milk Gummy Dog Treats


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 cup plain homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock
3 tbsp powdered gelatin (see tips below)
1-2 tbsp ground turmeric (see note below)
Sprinkle of ground black pepper
Sprinkle of ground ginger (optional)
Sprinkle of ground Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
2 tbsp coconut milk powder 

Note: 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. These are intentionally strong in turmeric, for reasons in the introduction above.  Powdered low-fat coconut milk works wonderfully for baking/cooking.  In addition to helping balance the strong earthy turmeric, it adds nutrients and a great scent (and I assume taste, but didn't sample!) to the gummies. If you don't have it, you can leave it out or swap some of your stock for coconut milk instead.

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Scale volumes to suit your mold or pans.  Measure broth 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. 

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.  Stir through the turmeric* and other add-ins. 

Remove from heat and pour into silicone molds (shaped gummies) or a glass pan (cut and slice). Chill to set thoroughly before removing from the molds. 

Note: In the years since posting this recipe, I've come to prefer a different mixing method when adding powders and other dry ingredients to gelatin gummies. I measure the powder(s) into my pouring container (I like using a coffee milk jug when I make gummies). When the base is ready, I mix a small quantity of the prepared gelatin with the powder to dissolve/mix with minimal lumps and clumps. Once mixed, I add the rest of the gelatin and mix to thoroughly combine. See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage

Step-by-step making turmeric and coconut milk gelatin gummy dog treats

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Remember, turmeric stains, so pick your cookware with care, clean-up any spills quickly, and keep stain-awareness in mind when giving treats.
  • 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. 
  • My preferred dog treat stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade dog food. Where we live it's hard to source ready-made unsalted /low-sodium stock.  It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock, but it's VERY easy to make your own doggy stock while cooking or just simmer a few leftover bones and/or veggies.  
  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of stock (which is already a little thick au natural) 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.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.  See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information about making gummy treats including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage.  
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. 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.

Turmeric gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like hearts

3 comments:

  1. P.S. I love my bone mold, but do find that it makes rather large treats. I'd rather dish out smaller treats more often. These and many other treats are usually ripped in half, with one piece for each dog -- perfect for us. :)

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  2. Nice! My dog isn't wild for jelly or frozen treats but loves a spoonful of your bone broth. I might try the sprinkles.

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    1. The texture of a gummy or coldness of a frozen treat might be a bit weird for some dogs - my wild beasts love just about anything, but Oli (wolf) is more into his icy treats than Humphrey (slow licker). Humphrey is a heat seeker, so not surprised really. :)

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