My kids love gummy snacks! I have bought the packaged variety for a while but realized how simple and how much healthier it is to make your own. I have been making homemade jello this past year from grass-fed gelatin that I get on Amazon.com and decided to try making gummy snacks too, which is essentially a thicker, more condensed jello. I use the unflavored variety of Great Lakes Gelatin and one bottles has about 65 1 tablespoon servings, so it lasts a long time.
This recipe takes about 5-10 minutes to make and then pop it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to harden.
Grass-fed gelatin is therapeutic in nature as it is great for digestive wellness, bone and joint health, as well as the skin. Gelatin is made of amino acids, including collagen which helps with skin elasticity and is a good source of protein. It’s full of minerals and vitamins and is just about as nutrient dense and healing as bone broth, which I will certainly write about soon!
If you have grown out of the gummy bear stage but still want the benefits of gelatin, you can make these using herbal teas instead of juice for an even more therapeutic treat.
Not all gelatin is created equal and I would not recommend the store bought brands as the gelatin come from cows who have not had the healthiest of lives. Remember, you eat what your food eats too.
I feel good about putting these sweet treats into my kids lunch as part of a fun and nutritious snack. I make batches with a couple different types of juices to get a colorful assortment of gummy shapes.
I have various silicon shaped molds but if you don’t, you can try making this in a baking dish and then use cookie cutters to create shapes.
- 1 cup organic juice (lemonade, pomegranate, grape, etc)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 3 tbsp grass fed gelatin
Bring juice to a boil and pour into a bowl. Add lemon juice and honey and stir. Slowly whisk in the gelatin, stirring fast to avoid clumps. Strain mixture through a seive to get out any clumps (as hard as I try I always have a few and they don't taste good in the gummy's.)
Let cool for several minutes.
Pour into molds and refrigerate until hard (about 45 minutes)