Monday, 19 November 2018
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{RECIPE} Spiced Apple Gummy Dog Treats

Bone and paw shaped gummy dog treats on a black and white background with gold stars

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 in sneaky "treat" form. 

Spiced Apple Gummy  Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

3/4 cup cold water (these can also be made with low-sodium stock or other dog-friendly liquid)
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.  

🥄 Making the Treats: 

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 (or a suitable pan for cut and slice). Chill to set thoroughly.

Dalmatian dog eating paw shaped gelatin gummy dog treat

Our dogs love gummy dog treats 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 the Love Real Food cookbook (affiliate link) toasting in the oven.  Any treat that gets old boy Oli's "crazy eyes" is a winner in my books...

Dalmatian dog begging for paw shaped gelatin gummy dog treat

Tips and Tricks:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 gelatin gummies for additional information about making gummy treats including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage.  

Dalmatian dog eating bone shaped gelatin gummy dog 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.


  1. Yummy, I should try this for my dachshund, but in a much smaller size ;)

    1. Hehe - scale to suit your pup indeed! :) I have a mini heart mold that was just too cute to resist using to make little red beetroot gummy hearts and they were so tiny tiny for my boys' giant mouths. Hehe.

  2. How long are they good in the fridge....I imagine they get eaten before they go bad anyway

    1. Too true around here! :)

      Fridge storage time will vary with ingredients, dryness, and fridge temperature but no problem at all for several days. We've never had any go off, but I also prefer to err on the side of caution and treat our dog food/treats the same way as we would human food. If a batch was large enough to last longer than a week, I always freeze but generally I prefer to keep the batches small enough so I don't need to freeze gummies. Baked treats I almost always freeze and like to keep a mixed variety of goodies for defrosting in small numbers.

  3. Made these for my boys. Posted in their FB page how much they love them then had to share this link because some of their followes asked about it. Thanks for thia great treat. We love your page!!!

    1. Yay! Thanks for the lovely comment and for sharing our link with your furfriends! :)


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