These treats smelled soooo good! Ridiculously good. So good that I almost convinced hubby to taste one. I probably would have myself to be honest, but being vegetarian I’m not into eating gelatin. Our dogs on the other hand, are more than happy to gobble up gummies. I liked working with pumpkin in gelatin for our Pumpkin Spice Latte Gummies, and decided to play around with a fancy variation to create a special pumpkin pie inspired gummy. The results? Doggone droolworthy!
Layering Gelatin in Homemade Dog Treats
Prepping and Layering Gelatin
When creating layered gelatin dog treats, depending on your flavours, volumes, and ingredients, the gelatin base can be made in one batch and split, or prepared in separated batches. If splitting, the base will need to be kept warm enough not to gel before layering.
Layered gummies are easy to make, but do require careful timing. New layers are added when the preceding layer has set to a gentle touch so that the liquids don’t mix, but before it has fully set and cured in order to adhere the layers. Just like making layered jelly for humans. Too soon and they will melt into each other. Too late and they may not hold together in the finished treats. Don’t worry. It all tastes the same in the end, even if you miss the mark on looks. Which is a great segue to the note below.
Taking a Shortcut and Skipping the Layers
These pumpkin pie gelatin gummy dog treats can be made without layers. The recipe can be easily adapted to combine everything into a single mixture instead of layering if you’d prefer a quicker simpler treat recipe. The dogs don’t care about these things. Only us crazy people! Hehehe…
Pumpkin Pie Gelatin Gully Dog Treat Recipe
Spiced Pumpkin Gelatin Gummies with an Oat Gummy “Crust” Base
You can scale volumes to suit your moulds (I used three different shapes for this batch) or pans. These gummies were made in moulds as individual shaped treats, but they can also be made as set-and-slice treats in a pan. The process is the same for either method, other than slicing of course. Because moulds are bottom-becomes-top, you may want to flip the order of the recipe below if making these pie treats as sliced gummies to keep the crust on the bottom.
- 1/2 cup cool water (or unseasoned low-sodium chicken stock)
- 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
- 1/4 cup cooked pumpkin
- 1/4 cup additional water (or stock)
- Sprinkle of ground ginger and/or Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
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.
Oat “Crust” Layer:
- 1/3 cup cool water (or unseasoned low-sodium chicken stock)
- 1 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
- 2 tbsp scotch oats (or standard oats lightly blended for smaller oat pieces)
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
My treats were made with water as the added liquid in both layers. I used manuka honey in my crust. It has a great super strong scent and is a healthy honey option.
Preparing the pumpkin layer:
- Measure the stock or water into a small pan.
- Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
Wait and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom / gel.
- While that’s happening, you can prep the pumpkin by pureeing it with the additional water/stock and optional spices, transfer to a suitable container for later mixing and pouring, then set aside.
- When the gelatin has bloomed, gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and mix with the prepared pumpkin mixture.
- Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
- Chill to set while you prepare the next layer. It will need to be added when this pumpkin layer has set to a gentle touch so that the liquids don’t mix, but before it has fully set and cured in order to adhere the layers.
- Measure the water into a small pan.
- Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
- Wait 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.
- Remove from heat.
- Measure your oats and honey (optional) into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
- Add the prepared gelatin and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Check that the pumpkin layer is ready, then carefully spoon or pour the crust mixture over your pumpkin layer.
- Chill to set thoroughly before removing from moulds (shapes) or slicing (pans).
Gummy Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- 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.
- These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid makes firm gummies. 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.
- Spicing thing up? Don’t be tempted to use a ready-made pumpkin spice mix in dog treats instead of individual add-ins. Most contain ingredients that are not suitable for dogs, such as nutmeg. Although small amounts are unlikely to cause harm, it’s much better to avoid the risk.
- 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.
Bonus Tip: Pumpkin Prep
As noted in our Pumpkin Spice Latte treat post, I like to roast pumpkin in bulk and then divide it into small portions and freeze for future use (both for us and for the dogs). It’s easy and efficient to do the prep work all at once and have ready-use pumpkin on hand in the freezer. It’s economical, too!
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! 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 or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.