Monday, 14 October 2019
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{RECIPE} Pumpkin Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

Small bowl and napkins on a wooden table with homemade pumpkin gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like paws and bones

We love experimenting with interesting treat recipes and playing fun little shapes, designs, layers, and other decorations; however, quick, simple, and wholesome is still a go-to for treat making even in our treat crazy kitchen. The dogs don't care about looks, just deliciousness! We usually have a batch of simple gummies in the fridge all the time, either made with simple stock or boosted with spices/herbs, and occasionally I'll include fruits or veggies as well.

We've used pumpkin in gummy treats before, including out layered Pumpkin Pie Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats and Pumpkin Spice Latte Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats, but this recipe brings it back to basics for those of you wanting a simple healthy pumpkin-based treat

{RECIPE} Pumpkin Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1/2 cup cool low-sodium unseasoned chicken stock (or water)
3 tbsp gelatin
1/2 cup cooled cooked pureed pumpkin * See alternative recipe combination below.

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Measure the stock/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.

Measure the pureed pumpkin into a suitable container. Tip: I like using a coffee milk jug when I make gummies - stain resistant, heat safe, easy pour, and dishwasher-friendly. Add the prepared gelatin mixture, and stir to thoroughly combine.  Pour/spoon into silicone molds (or a suitable pan for cut and slice). Chill to set thoroughly.

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Alternative: For a lighter treat (or if your pumpkin is dry and hard to puree smoothly) you can dilute your cooked pumpkin with water. Just make sure that your final recipe holds the gelatin ratio at 3 tbsp : 1 cup total liquids/semi-liquids to ensure your gummies set firm, per the tips and tricks below. The following alternative recipe combination is an example:

1/2 cup cool low-sodium unseasoned chicken stock (or water)
3 tbsp gelatin
1/4 cup cooled cooked pumpkin 
1/4 cup cool low-sodium unseasoned chicken stock (or water)

Preparation is as above, except that the cooked pumpkin is combined with the second quantity of  stock/water and pureed together prior to mixing.

Dalmatian dogs eating homemade pumpkin gelatin gummy dog treats

This gummy making approach works with many different dog-friendly vegetables, fruits, or just about anything you might like to puree for a gummy treat.  Pumpkin is delicious and nutritious, and we like to keep some cooked cubed pumpkin on hand in the freezer for quick and convenient use in baking/cooking for both humans and dogs. If you're cooking veggies for a meal, you can also set some aside (or save the leftovers) as long as they're unseasoned. Fresh or frozen fruits work nicely as well, although for chunkier purees you may need to use our little trick for suspending solids (see our Cranberry Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats for details).  For even quicker treats, you can use a ready-made puree, like our Spiced Apple Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats.  Just make sure that all of the ingredients are suitable for dogs - many ready made purees contain sweeteners, salt, or seasonings that aren't appropriate for pets.

Small bowl and napkins on a wooden table with homemade pumpkin gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like paws and bones


Tips and Tricks:

  • My preferred dog treat stock/broth is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade dog food. Where we live it's hard to source ready-made unsalted /low-sodium stock.  
  • Pumpkin is delicious and nutritious, and we like to keep some cooked cubed pumpkin on hand in the freezer for quick and convenient use in baking/cooking for both humans and dogs.
  • 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.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.  
  • See our comprehensive post on homemade 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.

Dalmatian dog looking at a bone shaped gelatin gummy dog treat

2 comments:

  1. I'm found lot's of pumpkin treat recipe on many other resources. But this pumpkin treat most easiest and healthy for dogs I thing.

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    1. Thanks, Ivana. :) Pumpkin is great for baked treats too, but variety is always nice and we do love our gummies around here! It can also be blended for freezing alone or with other dog-friendly liquids/purees for an easy warmer weather treat if you'd prefer.

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