We have been incorporating turmeric into our meals and drinks so I've been experimenting with developing new tasty recipes to make it more of a lifestyle change due to the many health benefits it provides, both as a preventative and a treatment.
Kirby loves his Gummy Paws which provide gelatin for his joints. Combining gelatin and turmeric just makes sense. They do taste spicy but still rather bland to me so I'll have to tweak the recipe with another flavor but so far they are a huge hit with both him and Kenzie, our newest addition to the family. They each get a few throughout the day.
Cook Time: 7-10 minutes
Nutrition facts: 10 Calorie each, 10 Calories from fat each Total fat: 1.1g or 2% (0.9g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
- 1 (13.66 oz) full fat can coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons or 2 packets unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Carefully open the coconut milk and remove the clear liquid. Pour the remaining white coconut milk into a small saucepan. Whisk in the spices.
- Heat over medium low heat for 7 to 10 minutes whisking as needed.
- Remove from heat and whisk in the coconut oil until melted.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit for one minute to let it soak in. Whisk until everything is fully blended
- Once cool enough, pour into silicon molds and place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to set.
These are a soft set gummy treat. For firmer treats, increase the gelatin from 2 tablespoons to 3 tablespoons.
I did find this Gummy Bear Mold that comes with a dropper which makes it sooo easy. My gummies just pop right out!
They can be stored in a ziplock bag or glass mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 4 months. I've been keeping mine on a saran wrapped plate in the refrigerator with no problems - no stickiness, no melting.
Once frozen, they need to be served as a frozen treat since the gelatin tends to disintegrate when thawing.
Make sure to use freshly ground black peppercorns since black pepper has lost most of the piperine. You can buy black peppercorns in a self grinder or use a coffee grinder that has NOT been used to grind coffee beans which are toxic for dogs.