This time of year it’s everywhere!
It’s talked about on kid’s television shows, prominently displayed on store shelves, and passed out everywhere from the library to church.
Now, I’m not writing this post to bash candy or any parent who allows their child to occasionally partake in candy treats. We all know candy just simply isn’t real food. Most candy that is. There are a few small companies which are rising to the occasion and producing good quality, real food candies. But even the real (or better) treats and candies being produced are still processed.
During this time of year, my kiddos are constantly being lured into the pretty colorful treats. I’m all for a little moderation. In fact, I don’t want my children to fear food or elevate real food to a place of thinking we are better than others. However, I am also not encouraging the consumption of such treats regularly or buying these little “goodies” to stock in our house. If someone offers my two little ones a piece of candy, they have a choice to eat it or not and most the time they choose to eat. Living in a home where we cook and eat homemade real food, even at their young age, they are beginning to realize the real stuff just tastes better than the junk and makes them feel better.
With this season of candy in mind, I set out to make a candy my kiddos would eat and view as a treat. A treat that tastes better than the junk and packs nutritional value. One that’s colorful and luring just like the artificially colored candies on store shelves. I turned to my kids’ favorite treat for inspiration, gummies.
Unlike the gummies my kids love from the store (even the organic ones are processed) these gummies are packed with fresh fruit and veggie juice making them not only healthy, but also appealing to little eyes. These gummy snacks are made with gelatin which like bone broth is incredibly healing and important for growing children. Add in a bit of raw honey for sweetness and you have a perfectly sweet homemade gummy snack. A gummy snack mom can feel good about and the kids will love!
What’s that, mom actually wants us to eat candy?
Go ahead, mom, offer another gummy candy, these are healthy and delicious!
What you will need:
- Fresh carrot, apple, orange juice (I use this juicer or use a high-speed blender with water)
- Fresh lemon, apple, pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup grass-fed gelatin (where to buy) (or this brand as it’s much milder)
- 3 TB honey (for each juice mixture)
- Pumpkin gummy molds (where to buy) You can also use these to make chocolates. We can talk more on that later.
To make the orange colored juice you will need: 5 carrots, 2 oranges (peeled), and 2 apples.
To make the yellow juice you will need: 2 lemons (peeled), 3 apples, and 1 cup pineapple.
Wash, dry, and trim veggies.
Run the fruits/veggie through the juicer for each desired juice.
Heat each juice in a saucepan over low heat. You don’t want it to boil, just warm.
Once the juice is warm turn off the burner and add 3 tablespoons raw honey and whisk.
Next, add the 1/4 cup gelatin and whisk.
Pour the juice and gelatin mixture into the mold.
NOTE: It’s really difficult to pick up the mold once the juice is resting. I find placing the mold on a rectangular cookie sheet before pouring the juice is a must.
Place the mold with the juice/gelatin mixture in the fridge for at least an hour.
After an hour peel back the mold and POP, homemade fruit gummy snacks.
Store these gummy snacks in an airtight container in the fridge.
Homemade Fruit and Veggie Gummy Snacks
- 1 1/2 cups juice I made juice with: 5 carrots, 2 oranges (peeled), and 2 apples
- 1/4 cup grass-fed gelatin
- 3 TB honey
- To make the orange colored juice you will need: 5 carrots, 2 oranges (peeled), and 2 apples.
- To make the yellow juice you will need: 2 lemons (peeled), 3 apples, and 1 cup pineapple.
- Wash, dry, and trim veggies.
- Run the fruits/veggie through the juicer for each desired juice.
- Heat each juice in a saucepan over low heat. You don't want it to boil, just warm.
- Once the juice is warm turn off the burner and add 3 tablespoons raw honey and whisk.
- Next, add the 1/4 cup gelatin and whisk.
- Pour the juice and gelatin mixture into the mold.
- NOTE: It's really difficult to pick up the mold once the juice is resting. I find placing the mold on a rectangular cookie sheet before pouring the juice is a must.
- Place the mold with the juice/gelatin mixture in the fridge for at least an hour.
- After an hour peel back the mold and POP, homemade fruit gummy snacks.
- Store these gummy snacks in an airtight container in the fridge.
If I don’t have a juicer, could I blend up the fruits and veggies to a juice-like consistency instead?
Definitely, Liz. Or you could use a store-bought juice.
Hello. You have calories listed for the recipe, but I serving size. Is the calorie listing for the whole recipe? About how many gummies do you consider to be a serving?
Hey Kathleen, We don’t emphasis calories (rather, eating nourishing food to satisfy the body) but our recipe plug-in automatically adds this count for the whole recipe. I don’t have any info on the calories/serving size other than that.
Typically gelatin turns back into its liquid state when warmed or becomes sticky and hard to handle. If you take these out of the fridge after making them, do they stay in the gelatin state? Or do you have to keep them below room temp range?
Hey Alana, They will remain in a gelatin state for a while, outside the fridge. I’ve put them in my kids lunches without any issue. I think a very hot environment would change their consistency, but room temperature is just fine for a few hours.
I made these with a mix of carrot and grape and apple juice…they had no flavor…I didn’t put the honey in because I thought the juice flavor would be enough….any ideas?!?! They literally taste like air haha
Hey Jessica, The honey adds a nice sweetness and the juice of choice will effect the flavor. I would try using the honey and experiment with a different juice combo.
Thank you, I will try some different variations! Her severe allergies mean she can’t have even organic store bought gummies or candy of any kind, which is not such a bad thing, but it’s hard… Sometimes she just wants something sweet!
I hope she loves the homemade gummies, Karin!
I was wondering if you could suggest an alternative to the apple juice? I have a little one who is allergic to apples (along with many other things) and I would love to make these for her.
Hey Karin, Just about any juice will work well. Grape juice is delicious! Cherry juice is also another great alternative, just add honey to balance the tart cherry flavor.
Thanks for the tip. I am going to try them again today. Thanks for replying so fast too.
You’re welcome, Christy! Let me know how it goes :).
I ended up with jello like texture. I followed the steps exactly. Where did I go wrong?? The taste great but I hate the texture of jello. Help!!
Hey Christy, The texture should be more like a firm, gummy jello :). Sounds like you did everything right. If the gummies aren’t firm, you can add more gelatin (about 2 more tablespoons).
Can I omit the fruit juice?
Hey Sydney, You could omit the fruit juice, but the gummy snacks probably won’t taste very good or have a great consistency.
Trying to figure out what i did wrong. Mixed carrot apples combo in blender..added a bit of organic apple juice to help strain to get to the 1.5 cup total juice and warmed…added 1/4 c gelatin but they wld never set. Ended up freezing as mini popsicles..but wondering if I’m misunderstanding the recipe (probably so )
Hey Z, I’ll try to help troubleshoot :). First, what kind of gelatin did you use? The gelatin should set the gummy snacks after its been added to the hot liquid and then chilled. I’m thinking the issue is the gelatin.
These are definitely desirable for their nutritional value, but what would say in regards to the economical value? I do have a juicer, never used it. Was hoping to make a healthy, cost effective treat!
Hey Stephanie, I believe so. The initial cost of gelatin can be expensive, but after that it’s just a matter of making juice with veggies you already have, or purchasing a good-quality juice from the store.
these look rather large…have you tried them smaller/the size of store-bought fruit snacks? Or do they not hold as well if smaller? Also, are these more the consistency of jello?
Hey Ree, The gummies are more the consistency of jello. I haven’t tried making them smaller only because I can’t find smaller molds. I think the gummies would work well in small molds, if you can find them.
I’m sorry, but i made these with pineapple as suggested, and they will not set. I have come across another post that says in capital letters DO NOT use pineapple due to the enzyme in the fruit which prevents the gelatin from setting the gummies. Needless to say I am very disappointed as my kids were looking forward to trying these.
Hey Jacalyn, I’m sorry you didn’t have success with your gummies. Using 100% pineapple isn’t suggested, but when diluted with the other juices they will be able to set. There are several factors that can go into making gummies. I make various flavor gummies at least twice a month and have certainly had issues with a couple batches over the years not fully setting due to either the gelatin or the juice not being hot enough for the gelatin to work.
These look really fun – a good challenge and healthy alternative to the packaged things!
Thank you, Nancy.
Hi! Great idea! Do you think the gelatine could be replaced by agar-agar?
Hey Delphine, I’ve never tried agar-agar, but I’m told by many readers that it can be subbed 1:1 in place of the gelatin.
This is such a brilliant idea! I’d love to try it with all kinds of fruit & veggie juices – it would be a great way to sneak in things like beets and spinach for red and green gummies.
I’m not yet familiar with grass-fed gelatin. Does it come in the same form as typical gelatin, with the pouches of powder? And if so, do you use 1/4 c. of the dry powder, or is there any other preparation needed?
Hey Autumn, Thank you! Grass-fed gelatin is the same texture (powder) as the pouches at the store. The only difference is that “grass-fed” gelatin is made from grass-fed cows. 1/4 cup of dry gelatin powder is exactly what you’ll need no matter which gelatin you use.
Thanks, Kristen! I’m making the gummies as I write, and it is so much fun! I’m making two batches: a green batch with celery, zucchini, spinach and granny smith apple, and a red batch with cranberry, apple, sweet potato and beet. I love the vibrant colors of fresh juices, so I’m really excited to see how they look in the finished product. And to see what my toddler thinks of them!
That’s awesome, Autumn! I love those combos, and can’t wait to hear what your toddler thinks about them.
This is a great recipe. We had a lot of fun making them and have blogged about it.
Hey Kathryn, Great job! Your gummies look delicious.
I really wanna try but does agar agar works too ?
Hi Sweetashoney, I’ve never tried agar agar, so I’m not sure. Let me know if you do.
Do you think this would work if I pour it into a glass dish to cool and cut into squares, rather than using a mold?
Hi Jessica, I think that would work perfectly! Just be sure to grease the dish with coconut oil or another oil, so they easily are lifted when cut.