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Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Gelatin Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe

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Gummy Paws dog treat recipe

Since learning about the health benefits of natural gelatin, I’ve been experimenting with adding it to my own diet. In case you haven’t heard, gelatin is said to be great for healthy skin, hair, nails, joints and digestion. I really like the Kosher Grass Fed Beef Gelatin and usually buy this brand. You can  add it to smoothies, cereal, yogurt and other foods, but my favorite thing to do with it is to make gummy snacks. You basically add hot water and whatever else you like, refrigerate overnight and create super fun and highly nutritious gelatin gummy snacks that even the pickiest hubby or kiddo will love!

After having success making them for myself, I decided I’d try creating a dog treat recipe so that Daisy could enjoy the health benefits and yummy gummy goodness, too! You’ll want to make sure to use flexible silicone molds like these because I’ve learned the hard way, that these treats are super difficult to get out of the hard kind of mold trays. With the silicone ones, you can push them out easily. Molds are fun because you can make cute shapes for different holidays and occasions, like Easter if you find cute bunny or egg-shaped ones. And they are multi-purpose since they are oven-safe, so you can bake with them, too. But if you want, you can also just pour the mix into a brownie pan and then cut them with cookie cutters or a knife once the have gelled in the fridge overnight.

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Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Gelatin Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe

Once you learn this technique, you can experiment with any ingredients you like. You need the gelatin, a liquid, plus some fresh or frozen fruit (try pumpkin puree or ripe bananas), canned dog food (optional) or even veggies like you’d use in a green smoothie. You can also add herbs and seasoning to make it fancy, but remember NOT to use these people foods to avoid feeding your pets!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup of natural canned dog food (I use Natural Balance L.I.D. Venison & Sweet Potato)
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth (make your own unseasoned, or check label carefully and avoid onion and garlic)
  • 4-5 Tbsp Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the boiling water and gelatin, in your blender or food processor until mixed/pureed completely, like you’re making a thin smoothie. I like to use my NutriBullet Mixer for this.
  2. In a bowl, mix the gelatin powder and boiling water until completely dissolved.
  3. Add pureed mixture to the bowl and stir well.
  4. Pour into square pan or silicone molds and refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight if possible.
  5. Cut shapes from pan or remove from molds and enjoy!

Let us know if you try making your own Gummy Snacks and what ingredients you used. The recipe is super flexible, and measurements don’t have to be exact, so experiment and tell us how it goes. We’d love to hear from you!

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Comments

  1. how clever! I am going to have to try this out!

  2. Love it! Sounds easy enough that mom might not screw it up! BOL!

  3. Interesting! will check Great Lakes Gelatin. Golden Thanks for sharing. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Golden Woofs

  4. Wow, that is an idea! Who ever heard of beef gelatin? Mom should make beef jello for the family on Easter as a joke! We just may give these a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. How long to they last and do they need to be kept in the fridge?
    Thanks great site

    • Thanks Angie! Yes, I keep them in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week if they last that long before Daisy eats them all!

  6. Pamela Porosky says:

    I am just wondering since it is unclaimed beef gelatin  can I just use Knox gelatin? It is unflavored.
    Im assuming its fine, but not sure its ok for animals. Ive never heard of the other kind. Thank you

    • I don’t know the quality of the ingredients in Knox, but I guess you could use it if you have to. The brand I use, is from grassfed beef while I believe that the Knox gelatin uses a mix of conventionally raised pork, beef and oxen, raised on corn, soy and other stuff, so some people and pets might be sensitive to that (I avoid corn and soy as much as possible).

      • Pamela Porosky says:

        Where would I find the gelatin you use? Would it be in with the regular gelatin or the organic/natural section? Or a special  store? I’m sorry I have just never heard of it before

        • I buy it from Amazon, but you could check Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe maybe. Or just make a batch with the Knox that you have and see if your dog really likes the gummies before going through the hassle of finding the good stuff…maybe it won’t turn out to be something you make frequently.

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