I’ve been wanting to make gelatin gummy dog treats for the boys for so long and I finally remembered to buy the gelatin!
Since it’s October and time to pumpkin everything, I thought that pumpkin gummy dog treats would be perfect and my taste testers were definitely on board.
These gelatin dog treats were super simple to make and every dog in this house has given them 2 paws up.
I used canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling) and Knox unflavored gelatin for these but you can use homemade pumpkin puree and your favorite dog-safe gelatin-like Great Lakes Beef Gelatin if you have that.
Keep in mind that the measurements might need to be adjusted though!
Also, I used 3 Tbsp of unflavored gelatin to make these gummy dog treats because I wanted firmer treats.
If you want treats that are more giggly like jello, you can bump that down to 2 Tbsp and it will still work well.
Pumpkin for Dogs
Pumpkin puree is a yummy and nutritious food for most dogs when given in moderation.
It’s high in fiber and easy for dogs to ingest. It’s often used to help with diarrhea and constipation but too much pumpkin can have the opposite effect.
Gelatin for Dogs
Dogs can have unflavored and unsweetened gelatin.
Gelatin is made from hydrolyzed collagen from animal by-products such as skin, tendons, tissues and bone marrow.
While it’s colorless and tasteless, it can be beneficial for our dog’s joints, bones and digestion.
Regular flavored jello should not be given to dogs because it contains a lot of sugar and other ingredients that are not safe for dogs.
Knox unflavored gelatin powder is a popular and convenient choice but there are better options such as Great Lakes Gelatin if you want a healthier option.
You can mix unflavored gelatin with a lot of different things such as fruit vegetables, proteins and yep-even peanut butter!
Ingredients For Pumpkin Gummy Dog Treats
- 1/2 cup cool water
- 2-3 Tbsp of unflavored powdered Knox Gelatin (3 pouches) more gelatin = firmer treats.
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup of water (to be mixed with the pumpkin)
- Measuring cup
- Silicone molds
- Mixing bowl
- Coconut oil (optional)
Directions For Pumpkin Gelatin
- Pour 1/2 cup cool water in a bowl
- Add unflavored gelatin powder
- Add 1/4 pumpkin and 1/4 cup of water to pan.
- Heat pumpkin and water on low heat
- When heated thoroughly (just a few minutes) pour into bowl with gelatin and cold water
- Mix well
- *optional-coat silicone molds with a small amount of coconut oil to prevent sticking
- Pour mixture into molds
- Chill in the fridge for 2-4 hours
- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
A Few Tips
To avoid a big mess, place your silicone trays on a cookie sheet to make it easier to transport to the fridge.
I rubbed a little bit of coconut oil on our silicone molds to avoid the gelatin sticking but you don’t have to do this. I didn’t get fancy, I just used my fingers!
This recipe made a total of 31 pumpkin gummy dog treats for us but the amount will vary based on what size molds you use.
Gelatin treats usually last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can try to freeze them but in my experience, gelatin doesn’t thaw well.
The mouse ones I used were bigger than the paws and bones.
Don’t use flavored Jell-O, it has to be unflavored and unsweetened!
Adding that this year I doubled the recipe but kept the plain gelatin amount the same:
I used 3 packs of plain Knox gelatin added to 3/4 cup of water.
Then I heated 1/2 cup of plain pumpkin puree and 1/2 cup of the water in a pan.
Once the pumpkin puree and water were heated I added it to the bowl of cool water and gelatin.
These treats came out good too but I used bigger molds so increasing the recipe to this would give you a lot of pumpkin gummy treats.
If you like this recipe, check out how to make blueberry gummy dog treats too!