These homemade yogurt and gelatin gummy dog treats are made in two stages to preserve the probiotic content. They’re easy, healthy, and doggone delicious! Here’s the recipe and how they’re made.
Sharing the Love. And the Treats!
These little heart shaped yogurt gummy treats are so easy and our dogs LOVE them. They’re quick healthy treats that you can feel good about sharing with your dog. Even literally if you’d like to sample! I’m not into eating gelatin myself, but it’s great for humans as well as dogs.
When made with plain yogurt, these gummies are naturally a creamy white. The mixture can also be tinted with compatibly flavoured natural colourings (or a dog-safe food colouring) before pouring the prepared gelatin mixture into your molds, if you wish.
Yogurt Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats
- 1/2 cup cool water (or alternative dog-friendly liquid)
- 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
You can use more water and less yogurt if you prefer, just keep the total liquid ratio at 1 cup per 3 tbsp of gelatin. More starter liquid can be easier for blooming. I also like to use a pan instead of a pot, as it’s easier to sprinkle the larger surface area to hydrate and bloom.
- 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. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat. Heat can reduce the setting strength of gelatin.
- Remove from heat.
- Measure your yogurt into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
- Check that your liquid temperature is below 50C (120F) to protect your probiotic content (allow to cool a little if needed), then slowly combine the prepared gelatin with the yogurt. Stir as you incrementally dilute the yogurt to avoid lumping or clumping. Once fully combined, mix thoroughly.
- Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
- Chill to set.
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.
- Remember to go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
- If your dog is sensitive to dairy, check out our other gummy recipes for alternative ideas.
🦴 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.