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{RECIPE} Guilt-Free Healthy Carob Gummy Easter Dog Treats

Carob gummy Easter dog treats shaped like Easter eggs, paws, and bones

Guilt-free "chocolate" Easter dog treats? Oh yeah! We're in! These easy DIY dog treats only take a few minutes to prepare (plus set-time) and the ingredients are simple, healthy, and doggone delicious!


Gummies are some of the simplest treats we make, but they're also some of the healthiest. I started making bone broth and adding ready-made gelatin powder/treats to our dogs' diet sor our senior to support his ageing joints and mobility, but gelatin can also be beneficial for metabolism, digestion, liver function, bones, skin, coat, etc. In the spirit of our Year of the Dog resolutions 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.

Carob is often used as a dog-friendly version of chocolate. Arguably, ready-made carob drops/chips (which can also be great for dog-friendly special treats - like these indulgent Easter dogolates) are rather similar, but for actual carob and cocoa powders the taste and nutrition profiles are quote different. In terms of dog-friendly cooking, carob is hands-down the way to go!  Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine which is toxic to dogs, and can also contain other doggy no-nos like caffeine, sugars, sweeteners, etc. Holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween when there are lots of human goodies can be very dangerous times for dogs, so always keep human goodies out of reach! Carob is naturally sweet and flavoursome  - it smells a lot like chocolate, but I find it tastes a little different with a slightly nutty spicy zing. Pure carob powder is high in fibre and anti-oxidants, low-fat, low-calorie, and free from gluten, lactose, and caffeine. Pawesome!

Step-by-step making carob and gelatin gummy Easter dog treats

Guilt-Free Healthy Carob Gummy Easter Dog Treats


1 cup cold water or low sodium stock (pale works best for tinting), divided *see Note
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1-2 tbsp carob powder

Measure cold water/stock. Reserve 1-2 tbsp to be used to pre-mix the carob powder for easier addition to the gelatin mixture once prepared, and pour the rest into a pan. 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.  Combine the reserved stock/water and carob 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.

Note: I no longer divide my liquid for mixing when adding ingredients like carob to gelatin gummies. I prep the liquid base (same as above, just without reserving any liquid). I measure the powder 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. Much simpler. :) 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.  

Dalmatian dog begging for a Easter egg shaped dog treat

Tips and Tricks:
  • Carob and gelatin are enticing enough flavours that dogs will enjoy these treats made with water (like the treats shown), but you can also use stock if you'd like. We might wrinkle our noses at chocolatey soup but dogs will find the combo downright drool worthy. 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.
  • 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.  


Carob gummy Easter dog treats shaped like Easter eggs, paws, and bones

Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, explore from our DIY Dog Treat Recipes navigation page 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.

2 comments:

  1. I love this! Do you have tips for making these into children's Easter gummies instead of dog treats?

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    1. Sure! You can adapt any of our gummy ideas into people friendly treats by playing with the flavours. The base ratio of 3 tbsp of quality gelatin per cup of liquid can be used to make pretty much any flavour combo you can imagine! If you're making fruity gummies, beware that some fruits, juices, and acidic ingredients can affect the setting of gelatin so pick carefully and/or up the gelatin to compensate.

      If you're making these into chocolate gummies for kids, you can use cocoa powder instead of carob (if you wish) and I'd suggest swapping the stock for water or going more creamy and nutritious with coconut milk, normal milk, or a milk/yogurt combo. You'll probably also want to add some sweetness with either sugar or by swapping a little of the liquid for maple syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener of your preference.

      Hope that helps! :)

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