Monday, 5 March 2018
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{RECIPE} Naturally Green Kale and Herb Gummy Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog begging for a green paw shaped dog treat

Gummies are some of the simplest treats we make, but they're also some of the healthiest. Pawesome! A batch of gummies takes only a few minutes to prepare, most of which is hands-off for blooming, and then they're off to set in the fridge. Easy peasy! In the spirit of our Year of the Dog pledge 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. 


Last year for St. Patrick's Day we made layered green and gold gummies. This year, we've kept the green and played with the flavouring of the recipe for a chicken soup inspired adaptation on a basic green gummy.  My dogs are absolute fiends for the scent of rosemary, so that was the starting point and key addition for my seasoning but included some other dog-friendly herbs as well along with a sprinkle of ground black pepper. You can use any dog-safe add-ins that you and your dog enjoy, and customise the recipe to account for your pet's tastes and nay special dietary/health requirements.

Naturally Green Kale and Herb Gummy Dog Treats


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 cup low sodium stock (pale works best for tinting) or cold water, divided *
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1-2 tbsp dog-friendly dried herbs (optional, for flavour)
1-2 tbsp kale powder (optional, for colour/flavour)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Measure cold stock/water. Reserve 1-2 tbsp (see note) to be used to pre-mix the kale powder for easier addition to the gelatin mixture once prepared, and pour the rest into a pan. Sprinkle with gelatin powder and let sit for five minutes to fully bloom/gel. Add the herbs (optional) so that their flavour infuses the mixture during heating.

Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Combine the reserved stock/water and kale 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 dry ingredients like kale powder to gelatin gummies. I prep the liquid base (as above, but 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 eating a green paw shaped dog treat

Tips and Tricks:
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Herbs may settle or float depending on weight. They will still stick to the gummies once set, but will be visibly concentrated on the tops/bottoms of your treats. Allowing the mixure to cool and thicken slightly before molding can help hold them in suspension instead for better distribution.
  • 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.  

Dalmatian dog begging for a green paw shaped treat

🦴 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.

5 comments:

  1. This looks like a great. and easy recipe to do. I'm going to make some for some of the pups that come to the office. Thanks for the share.
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    1. Gummies are sooooo easy to make and can be adapted into tons of different doggone delicious flavours. We always have some in our fridge. Enjoy! :)

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    2. Sounds good. We are going to make some this week. Thanks again. Have a great day!!!!

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  2. Is it possible to make these so that they can be stored at room temperature for up to a week? I assume it is the stock that requires refrigeration but if I were to use water instead do they still need to be refrigerated?

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    1. Hi there!

      Homemade gummies with ingredients like stock, dairy, fruits, veggies, etc (dog or human) are always best refrigerated (or frozen) as there are no added preservatives.

      If you are making gummies with ingredients that would otherwise be individually shelf-stable at room temperature (check out today's peanut butter recipe for a tempting idea!) you should be able to keep them unrefrigerated for a few days in a sealed container but I wouldn't push it. Gelatin powders are only self-stable because they are moisture free and once you've added any type of liquid (even just water) to your otherwise self-stable gelatin, it won't keep.

      Hope that helps! :)

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