Homemade Gummy Snacks are so simple to make you’ll wonder why you haven’t made them yet!
The Benefits of Healthy Homemade Gummy Snacks
Before we dive in, let’s take a quick moment and address something: These healthy homemade gummy snacks are not the same as candy. They’re low in sugar and have no added sugar other than what’s naturally found in the fruit juice. If you expect them to taste like gummy bears, well, you’ll probably be disappointed!
But if you’re trying to transition your kids or yourself to eating less sugar, these homemade gummy snacks may just work to bridge that gap.
Not only are they nutritious with gut-soothing, joint-strengthening and skin-boosting grass-fed gelatin, if you make these in fun shapes – like these Lego men (find the molds I used here) – they’re bound to be irresistible to kids of all ages.
This recipe uses 100% juice with no added sugar, but the same concept can applied to any liquid. In fact, check out my very popular Homemade Kombucha Gummies for an added probiotic benefit.
Must-follow Tips for Making These Homemade Gummy Snacks:
- If you want to use a mold, you’ll need to use more gelatin than the container of gelatin calls for. If you use less, the shapes won’t pop out of the molds cleanly. (However, if you’re using a square or rectangular baking dish to make your gummy snacks and cutting them into squares, you can get away with using less.)
- Do not use pineapple, mango or papaya juice unless you have boiled it first. These fruits all contain bromelain, an enzyme that denatures the gelatin protein. It won’t set.
- When you’re heating the juice, heat until very warm but not boiling. If the liquid is too hot, it could denature the gelatin protein and your gummies may not set.
- For the smoothest result, you’ll want to bloom the gelatin first.
How to Bloom Gelatin
Pouring gelatin into hot liquid can make it clump up, so be sure to bloom the gelatin first. Pour about 1/4 cup of cold or room temperature fruit juice into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on top, and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Then pour a little bit of the warmed juice into this and whisk until smooth. Pour the dissolved gelatin mixture into the rest of the juice and you’re good to go.
I made this batch with beet juice to get that super dark red color!
You can also get creative as time goes on and add pureed fruit. Experiment to see which combinations you like.
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Homemade Gummy Snacks Recipe (No Added Sugar)
This simple Homemade Gummy Snacks Recipe is an easy and fun way to sneak more gut-healing gelatin in to your routine! Use 100% fruit juice for best results. Learn how in this post.
- 1 cup beet juice 100% juice, no sugar added
- 2 tbsp gelatin grass-fed is best
- Silicone candy molds or an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish
- Pour the juice into small saucepan. Heat gently until the juice is very warm but not boiling.
- Turn off the heat, and slowly pour the gelatin into the juice while whisking until it’s incorporated. Repeat with the other tablespoon of gelatin.
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds or an 8-inch by 8-inch glass baking dish that’s been very lightly greased with coconut oil. You don’t have to grease the silicone molds if you decide to use those. How many gummy snacks you’ll end up with depends on how big your molds are. These Lego brick molds hold 1 tablespoon of gelatin per brick while the Lego men molds hold 1 teaspoon each. I usually make a couple trays of gummy snacks and then pour the extra into a glass dish, cutting it into squares.
- Refrigerate the Homemade Gummy Snacks for at least 2 hours, then pop them out of the molds. You may want to freeze them for 15 minutes before you try to unmold.
Keep these gummy snacks refrigerated in a covered container. They keep for 3 to 5 days.