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DIY Fun & Easy Dog Treats!
Not only am I passionate about taking care of others dogs while they are away, I also have a very big interest in pet nutrition. I love to think of fun and creative ways I can give my dogs some extra nutrients that their traditional dog food (kibble) may be lacking.
These dog friendly gummy bears only have three ingredients. Two of these ingredients can easily be changed up!
- 2 C Low Sodium Chicken Broth (can be changed to any kind of broth or water)
- 1-2 Tbs Unflavored Pork Gelatin
- 2 Tbs Organic Beet Powder (can be changed to any powder that is dog friendly to change the color and nutrients)
These are the steps:
Start by adding 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock to a medium size pot and place on medium heat. While the chicken stock is warming up measure out an additional 1/2 cup of chicken stock. To this stock you will add 1 Tbs (2Tbs if you want a firmer gummy bear) of the gelatin powder and stir until dissolved. Once the chicken stock and gelatin powder is well mixed you will let it sit for 5 minutes.
After the cool gelatin mixture has set for 5 minutes you will add this to the hot chicken stock on the stove. You will also add your beet powder for the added color! I added about 2 Tbs of the beet powder so I could get a really reach burgundy color!
Make sure that all of your ingredients have dissolved and are well incorporated. Now, is the time to fill your gummy bear molds or whatever mold you would really like to use! I like to place my molds on a baking sheet before I fill them so that it is easier to transfer to move them around.
Place the filled molds into the refrigerator to speed up the setting up process. Let them set for about an hour or even overnight. If you want to speed up the process even faster I suggest putting them in the freezer. I also have found that this makes them a little easier to get out of smaller molds!
Once the gummy bears have firmed up you can take them out of the molds and serve. I suggest giving these as a treat or in small portions added to your dogs meals!
Benefits of these treats:
I choose to use beet powder because it is a natural and pretty way to add color to your pets treats! Other benefits of beets are that they are full of micronutrients that aid in your dogs immune system and digestion. Beets also provide a source of vitamin C, fiber, folate and potassium!
I hope you find this easy treat recipe fun and if you make them makes sure to take me on Instagram so I can see all your awesome gummy treats!