My two year old is a sweet addict. She gets it from her dad…. ok maybe her mom too (as I sit here writing this post while eating a cookie). Gummy bears happen to be at the top of her list, along with any other fruit snack type gummy. I’m trying not to load her up on refined sugar, because we have found it really affects her mood. So I have been experimenting with making my own gummies for the past few months. We have had a few fails along the way. Blueberry was not a hit flavor with her or the adults, but I finally have a Hadley approved recipe to share. And by approved I mean she shoveled these things in her mouth as fast as possible.
We just got back from a week of traveling, which means we needed snacks for the road. I made up a batch of these homemade gummies and she was thrilled. She isn’t always the biggest fan of meals, occasionally I just gave her a pack of gummies and at least I knew she was getting some fruit and veggie nutrients and protein.
Gelatin surprisingly has numerous health benefits. I know when I first heard it I didn’t believe it. Thinking back to Jell-O as a kid, I thought no way could gelatin actually be good for you. But, it’s a great source of protein and it’s full of collagen. After two pregnancies in a little over two years give me all the collagen… make those stretch marks go away. There are tons of other nutritional benefits of gelatin too, but that’s a topic for another day. Today I will just tell you that these are good and a great alternative to artificial ingredient filled kids snacks. Enjoy!
- 2 apples
- 5-6 carrots
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup gelatin
- To start with juice your fruits and vegetables. This should yield about 3 cups of juice which is enough for two batches. You will need 1½ cups of juice for a recipe.
- Heat 1½ cups of juice on the stove until warm, remove from heat. Add honey and whisk to combine. Add gelatin and whisk until fully incorporated.
- Place molds on a cookie sheet and fill molds. Let harden in fridge for at least an hour before removing from molds.
- Keep for up to two weeks in a sealed container in the fridge.