If you are concerned about giving your kids healthy food options Homemade Healthy Gummies are the way to go. Real fruits, veggies and no refined sugar!
Did you know store bought gummies or fruit snacks are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes? Check out the labels! The long list of ingredients indicates the snack is not a healthy choice. Dentists also blame fruit snacks to be the number one cause for cavities in children!
They are so easy to make and you will feel great about giving your kids a super healthy snack. Please check out also my Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies or Blueberry Gelatin recipes for more fruit snack ideas and how to make your own vitamins at home.
These Homemade Healthy Gummies are made with real fruits and veggies, full of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients! You don’t have to worry about high fructose corn syrup or dangerous artificial dyes anymore. Isn’t it great? Just whole fresh fruits and veggies. You can also get creative and add superfoods like chia seeds, ginger, probiotics, cod liver oil or kale to your blends.
A good quality Gelatin is very important. This is why I recommend one made from 100% Pasture-Raised Beef. The collagen in this type of gelatin along with the many amino acids help regulate our metabolisms, have anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens hair and nails, and regulates hormones. Gelatin is also known to improve digestion. If you want to learn more about gelatin and its benefits, click HERE. You can also get a good grass-fed gelatin from Amazon.
Ingredients for Homemade Healthy Gummies:
* 1 1/2 cups fruit and/or vegetable juice, freshly made with a Juicer (cold press -best choice) or store-bought (making sure it is 100% juice and preferably not from concentrate). Smoothie blends are great too!
* 4 tablespoons gelatin (I prefer a grass fed gelatin but you can find plain gelatin near the flavored Jello at your local grocery store. A tablespoons is usually one gelatin packet, but just to be sure, empty the packets into a bowl and use a measure spoon.
* 2-4 tablespoons Raw Honey depending on your preference and how sweet your juice is. You can also use maple syrup or stevia. If your juice has lots of veggies you will need more but it is up to your personal taste.
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, I recommend Organic Pure Vanilla Extract – optional for extra flavor
* Any other ingredients you would like to incorporate like probiotics, elderberry syrup (to prevent or fight a cold), or cod liver oil (immune system booster). Remember you can make these gummies your natural multivitamins.
1. Pour juice into a small-medium saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit for just a few minutes until it starts to “bloom” (it will get wrinkly looking on the surface and all of the white powder from the gelatin will absorb into the liquid). When all the gelatin is absorbed, mix it well.
2. Then place the saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Let the liquid warm, but don’t let it boil. You want all of the gelatin to dissolve and turn thin and runny (it will be grainy at the beginning but after a couple of minutes in the heat it should dissolve completely).
3. Add the honey, vanilla extract,and any other ingredients you will be using.
4. Put the liquid in a little jar (I use my measuring cup) into a Loaf Pan or your fun gummy molds and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours. Some of my favorite molds are the Freshware 30-Cavity Silicone Mold, the Toy, Car, Block and Bear Chocolate, Gummy Mold and the kilofly Silicone Mold, Robot & Dinosaur
5. Remove from molds. They pop right out. If you used the loaf pan, cut your gelatin into small squares.
6. Keep your homemade healthy gummies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. If you leave them outside they will last but I recommend storing them in the refrigerator.
*Update. If you want to make smaller gummies, these are fantastic mini Gummy Bear Molds. They even come with a dropper for easy filling.
Ideas For Juice Combinations:
Red:Beets, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, red apples.
Orange:Carrots, oranges, clementines, tangerines, mangoes, papaya, peaches.
Yellow:Yellow pear, yellow apple, grapes (DO NOT use pineapple juice, your gelatin will not set up due to the enzyme bromelain that’s found in pineapple).
Green:Kale, spinach, green grapes, cucumbers, celery, green apple (DO NOT use kiwi, your gelatin will not set up).
Purple:Purple cabbage, blackberries, blueberries, concord grapes.
If you want to change the colors and lighten up your homemade healthy gummies, you can also substitute some milk (dairy or non-dairy) for some of the juice in the recipe. I like using almond milk.
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*UPDATE. A friend of mine recently tried my recipe and found the cutest Gummy Bear Molds. They are smaller than the ones I used for this recipe, but they come with a dropper, so you can easily fill them. They are made of 100% food grade silicone, non-stick, and are BPA free. I find them absolutely adorable. I need to get these ASAP!
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