I’m back with another jiggly, jello-y dog treat recipe. It’s made with four simple ingredients (one being water), takes about five minutes to prepare, and is bound to make your dog’s tail jiggle even more than the finished product!
A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for DIY Chicken Jello. Within a matter of days, I started getting pics of dogs from around the world munching away on the wiggly, savory snacks. I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me!
Since some dog parents have reached out to me, asking how they could replace the chicken (either their dogs are sensitive to chicken or their main meal is chicken-base and they are looking for variety), I decided to create something similar. This time with salmon!
I know what you may be thinking: “Salmon + blueberries … what a strange combination!” Here’s the deal: These treats take on the pretty blue appearance of the blueberry and smell more like the salmon. Dogs? Well, most of them love that fishy smell! And the blueberries add some amazing health benefits!
Take a look:
Canned Salmon – This fatty fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to fight inflammation, improve brain function, support heart health, and support eye health. Plus, salmon is rich in protein, which is great for your dog’s overall health.
Blueberries – Not only does this delicious fruit turn treats a pretty color, but blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants that help protect your dog’s body in more ways than one. Research shows antioxidants fight free radicals that damage cells and tissue. Plus, they protect the brain from oxidative stress and fight against cancer!
Gelatin – In case you didn’t know, plain, unflavored, and unsweetened gelatin isn’t only safe for our canine companions, it actually offers big benefits for their joints, bones, gut health, digestion, skin, nails, and the list goes on. High in amino acids (the building blocks of protein), gelatin is a form of hydrolyzed collagen (AKA broken-down collagen) that’s taken from animal parts. When shopping for gelatin, you may notice it comes in a powder form. Once you mix it with some warm liquid, though, it becomes a jiggly jelly texture. Just think of Jell-O!
An Important Note On Store-Bought Jell-O
Don’t actually feed your dog store-bought Jell-O or any other processed gelatin-based “human” treats. They include other added ingredients that aren’t good for canines. Instead, stick with a plain, unflavored, and unsweetened gelatin. Knox is a popular brand that you can probably find at your local grocery store. They also have it right on Amazon.
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Salmon Jello Dog Treat Recipe
- 1 can skinless, boneless salmon (in water)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin powder
- Drain canned salmon and scrape the meat into a blender, along with the fresh blueberries. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
- Pour 1/4 cup water into a small pot and turn burner onto medium-high heat. Let this go until it starts to bubble. Since there isn't much water here, it will only take about a minute.
- Reduce flame to low and pour salmon/blueberry mixture into the pot. Stir consistently for 1-2 minutes. The goal here is to heat up all of the ingredients.
- Pour mixture into a mixing bowl. Add gelatin powder and stir well for 1-2 minutes. The gelatin powder needs to fully dissolve and be evenly spread in order for your treats to take on that desired jello-y texture.
- Place silicone molds on top of a baking sheet for support. Then, spoon mixture into silicone molds.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until fully set.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
- If you're using a different gelatin brand (like Great Lakes), you'll need roughly 1 tablespoon.