Impress your kids and avoid strange ingredients by making homemade fruit snacks! Just a few simple and nourishing ingredients create a fun snack.
I’ve been making fruit snacks/gummies from scratch for my kids for quite some time now. There are plenty of recipes if you search. They are all a little different. But I never posted the way I make them.
Recently I’ve had multiple friends ask me how I make them. So here is my version of homemade fruit snacks.
Most people are amazed at how simple it is. But beyond that, it’s amazing how healthy they are! Especially compared to anything you can buy at the store.
We used to buy organic fruit snacks once in a while as a special treat. But not anymore. Even the organic variety uses “natural flavor.” My daughter is very sensitive to that. And almost all of them use rice syrup. My son is allergic to rice.
As usual homemade is best! These fruit snacks are filled with nourishing gelatin, which is great for gut healing (be sure to get quality gelatin). They are also very safe for almost any allergy. I love that I can even make a variety of flavors for my little guy that is allergic to multiple fruits (have you ever tried finding something fruit flavored at the store that does not contain banana, grape or pear? Impossible).
My kids will easily eat a whole batch in a week if I let them. So I often have to make a new batch almost weekly! I try to make different flavors like blueberry lemon, lemon lime, lemonade and cherry. I love having very healthy snacks on hand that my kids truly love. And they don’t have to feel like they are missing out.
Do your kids like fruit snacks? Try replacing the store-bought version with a homemade version. You can make them in any shape and flavor. Let your kids choose which ones. They’ll think it’s great! And you can know they are eating something that is healthy and healing.
This post is linked to Allergy Free Wednesday.
- 1 cup pure juice (i.e. blueberry, cherry, lemon, lime)
- 3/4 cups sweetener (cane sugar, coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup)
- 3 -6 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional)
- Combine the juice, salt and sweetener in a small saucepan. Heat slightly and mix until the sugar/honey dissolves.
- Taste the juice and add more sweetener if necessary.
- Allow the juice to cool for 10 - 30 minutes.
- Add the gelatin to the juice while gently whisking.
- Let sit for one minute.
- Heat the juice/gelatin mixture over low heat, whisking gently until the gelatin completely dissolves.
- Pour the mixture into molds or a glass pan.
- Refrigerate until solid (about 20 minutes).
- Remove fruit snacks from molds or cut into squares/desired shape from a pan.
- Store in a container in the refrigerator.
- Do not use juice from concentrate/juice that you would drink plain. Use pure juice.
- You may need extra sweetener for some flavors like lemon and lime.
- You can use one type of juice or a combination - blueberry lemon, cherry lime, lemon lime, etc.
- Using less gelatin will make a softer gummy and they will need more time to set. More gelatin will make it firmer.
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