Monday, 4 November 2019
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{RECIPE} Calming Chamomile Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats


Chamomile gelatin gummy treats for dogs shaped like paws and bones

Keep calm and snack on! I've been meaning to post this recipe ever since chatting with an Instagram furfriend about their pet's travel stress, and with Guy Fawkes fireworks imminent (call us party poopers, but we hate it!) it seemed like a great time to post about calming chamomile. These gummies are a simple way to make chamomile tea more palatable and (if needed for travel) portable by infusing it into yummy gelatin gummy dog treats. 

Chamomile has mild sedative and anti-anxiety effects, both for people and for pets. It can be particularly helpful for soothing dogs' stressed out tummies, which I why I've included the option of adding ginger in the recipe below for complementary benefits with nervous travels. It can be prepared in varying methods and strengths for different dogs (noting the need to be careful for allergies and any contradictory conditions). Chamomile tea is the usual human go-to, but making "tea" in a prepared gelatin mixture turns the "meh" of chamomile into a yummy treat that easily served in small portions.

Calming Chamomile Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 cup cool low-sodium unseasoned chicken stock (or water)
3 tbsp gelatin
Sprinkle of powdered ginger (optional)
Chamomile tea bag(s) or dried chamomile with a tea ball/strainer (see tips 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. 

Place ginger (optional) and the chamomile tea bag(s) in a suitable container, then add the prepared gelatin. Tip: I like using a coffee milk jug when I make gummies - stain resistant, heat safe, easy pour, and dishwasher-friendly. Allow to sit and steep (5-10 minutes is the typical time frame when making a herbal tea, but you can steep longer if you wish). Once you are satisfied with the infusing time, remove and dispose of the chamomile. Pour/spoon the gelatin mixture into silicone molds (or a suitable pan for cut and slice). Chill to set thoroughly.


Step-by-step making chamomile gelatin gummy dog treats


Tips and Tricks:

  • How much chamomile to use depends on how strong you'd like the infusion, which depends on why you want to use chamomile, the size of your dog, size of your gummies, feeding frequency, etc. A single teabag in one cup is considered mild by infusion standards, which makes it a fairly safe starting point and strength can be adjusted up/down from there.
  • Some chamomile teas have other added ingredients. Choose a plain chamomile tea or ensure any added ingredients are dog-safe.
  • Steeping in the hot mix is a quick prep method; however, as an alternative to steeping in the hot prepped gelatin mixture, a chamomile tea could be prepped hot and cooled before blooming or it could also be long cold-brewed. Adjust the recipe/methods above to suit your personal preferences.
  • 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.  As you can see in the collage above, as a shortcut for making gummy treats, I sometimes bloom the gelatin on cool water and then drop my frozen dog-safe homemade broth cubes straight from the freezer into the pan to melt at the same time as I dissolve my gelatin. It's super quick/efficient and works perfectly! Just make sure the total measurements work for the gelatin to liquid ratio.
  • 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 (or cool if travelling) and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.  

Homemade chamomile gelatin gummy dog treats

🦴 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.

2 comments:

  1. So happy to see a new gummy recipe from you! I love making your yogurt gummies, and my dogs love eating them. :) For these new ones, would it work to make chamomile tea and let it cool, then put it in a pot, add the gelatin and let it bloom, and then reheat it?

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    1. Absolutely! In fact, I suggested that as an option to someone on our Facebook page just this morning as an alternative if they didn't want to use their strainer (bag free tea) with stock/gelatin. :) I'll make a little edit in our Tips and Tricks. Steeping in the hot mix is a quick prep method; however, as an alternative to steeping in the hot prepped gelatin mixture, tea could be prepped hot and cooled before blooming or it could also be long cold-brewed.

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