Fruit Gummy Treats
These dog treats combine fruit and gelatin to make adorable dog-friendly gummies.
Be sure to use pure gelatin and not flavoured Jello type of products that may contain sugar, artificial flavours and colours, or xylitol.
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1 cup of fruit (raspberries, blueberries, or watermelon are great choices. Don't use tropical fruit such as pineapple, kiwi, papaya, or mango which contain an enzyme that will prevent the gelatin from gelling.)
2 tbsp. unflavoured pure gelatin
1/4 cup cold water, plus extra
In a small dish, sprinkle 2 tbsp. of gelatin over 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, purée1 cup of fruit in a food processor. Measure the puréed fruit and if necessary add enough water so that there is 1 cup of liquid in total.
Transfer to a sauce pan and gently heat on the stove until the purée is very warm, but not boiling.
Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin mixture until dissolved.
Pour into molds and refrigerate until set. If you don't have molds, pour the mixture in a brownie pan and cut into cubes once set.
Store in a closed container in the fridge for about 5 days.
Know your dog! Choose appropriate sized gummy treats for your dog to avoid the risk of choking.
Calories per 1 tbsp. fruit gelatin treat, using blueberries: 8 kcals. Protein: 1.1 g. Fat: 0 g.
Health Benefits of Gelatin
Gelatin is a good source of the amino acid, glycine. Glycine is abundant in the skin, bones, and connective tissue of animals.
Glycine is a non-essential amino acid, which means that dogs should be able to synthesize glycine from other amino acids, but there are still many benefits for dogs who receive additional preformed sources of glycine.
Glycine protects tissues - especially joints, and the lining of the gut. It is essential for the formation of glutathione, one of the body's major antioxidants. Glycine is anti-inflammatory and works as an immune modulator. "Glycine holds an enormous potential in enhancing health, growth, and well-being of both humans and animals"
While the small amount of glycine in one gummy may not make a huge difference on its own it is one small and easy step pet parents can take to improve their dog's diet and health.
Good to Know
Gelatin contains histamines. It's recommended that dogs who have mast cell tumours avoid foods that contain histamines.
Watch How I Make Fruit Gummy Treats for My Dogs!