Gummy Paws

Gummy Paws

Gummy Paws

I love to eat Gummy Bears. Doug prefers the sour Gummy Bears.  Kirby wants to eat Gummy Bears but we can't share because they aren't safe for dogs since they contain sugar, glucose syrup, food coloring, and may contain xylitol known to be toxic for dogs.

Now he can have his very own safe Gummy Paws (that he doesn't have to share with us). They're easy to make in a variety of flavors. Once you have the basic recipe you can add finely chopped veggies and fruits. Kirby recommends adding finely chopped meat and bacon bits. Make em sweet, make em savory, make em veggie, make em meaty... the options are virtually endless.

Use only plain, unflavoured gelatin such as Knox or Great Lakes not Jell-o Brand which is loaded with artificial coloring and aspartame. I use Knox which is available at most grocery stores.

Prep Time:  1 hour               Cook Time: 5 minutes                 Yields: too many to count

Meaty Gummy Paws

Meaty Gummy Paws

Ingredients

  • 1 cup beef broth or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons or 2 packets gelatin

Preparation Instructions

1. In a medium saucepan bring the broth to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Whisk in the gelatin making sure to remove any and all clumps.

4. Allow mixture to cool and then pour into molds.  You could also pour it into a jelly roll sheet and cut out shapes.

5. Refrigerate for several hours.

Fruity Gummy Paws

Fruity Gummy Paws

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fruit juice*
  • 2 tablespoons or 2 packets gelatin

Preparation Instructions

1. In a medium saucepan bring the juice to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Whisk in the gelatin making sure to remove any and all clumps.

3. Allow mixture to cool and then pour into molds.  You could also pour it into a jelly roll sheet and cut out shapes.

4. Refrigerate for several hours.

*Be sure to use dog friendly juices. I used Dole Pine-Orange-Banana Juice which comes in convenient 6 oz cans.  DO NOT USE GRAPE JUICE OR CRANBERRY JUICE. Be sure to read the ingredients since so many juices use grape juice to sweeten the juice. Juice has a lot of natural sugars so watch the calorie count too.

Gummy Paws

Banana Lemon Gummy Paws

Ingredients

  • 2 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons or 2 packets gelatin

Preparation Instructions

1. In a small pot mash the bananas and mix in the lemon juice. 

2. Heat over medium low heat until the mixture becomes a loose liquid and then remove from heat.

3. Whisk in the gelatin making sure to remove any and all clumps.

4. Allow mixture to cool.  This makes a small amount so I just poured it onto a small plate.

5. Refrigerate for several hours. Since I didn't use a mold I decided to use a small cookie cutter.  Don't you think a tiny paw would have been sooo cute?

Gummy Paws

They can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.