How to Make Your Own Healthy Fruity Gummy Critters

When I was young, gummies were one of my all-time favorite sugary treats. Bears, worms, fruit shapes, Swedish Fish, you name it – I loved it. There’s nothing quite like the experience of sliding your teeth into a gummy! Mmm…

These days, knowing more about the sugar content, artificial colors and flavors, I’ve been searching for a healthy alternative to satisfy that gummy craving.

Last week I was playing around with a recipe, and I’m excited to share that it’s absolutely perfect. If you want to make your own healthy gummy critters at home, this is how you do it!

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One reason I love this recipe is because it’s so simple, with only 3 ingredients.

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Gummy Recipe

Once things get going with this recipe you have to move fast, so you’ll want to assemble your tools and measure the ingredients ahead of time.

Tools:

  • Whisk (or immersion blender)
  • Cup with a pouring spout (measuring cup works well)
  • Silicone molds (I love these – robots, dinosaurs, and a ton more fun shapes. They’re a great addition to your kitchen – you can also use them to make your own chocolate!)
  • Cookie sheet (to transfer your molds to the fridge)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fruit juice (aim for 100% juice, with no sugar added – orange, apple, grape, whatever suits your fancy)
  • 1 cup puréed fruit (berries, banana, whatever you like – remove the skin for fruit like apples or peaches)
  • 1/2 cup gelatin (I use this kind)

Warning: Do NOT use fresh pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya, or ginger. These fruits have chemical compounds that will prevent the gummies from setting.

Directions:

1. Assemble all necessary tools, and measure your ingredients – you’ll need to move fast once your mixture heats up! Lay out your molds on the cookie sheet so they can easily be transferred to the fridge. You’ll need all 6 molds to hold your gummies.

2. Heat your fruit juice on low over the stove, about 5 minutes. You may see bubbles rising up from the bottom, but do not bring it to a full simmer.

3. Whisk in puréed fruit and combine well, allowing 2 minutes for mixture to heat through.

4. Very slowly, sprinkle the gelatin into your mixture, whisking vigorously. (Clumps of gelatin will make clumpy gummies.) An immersion blender is ideal for this part.

See the white clumps? They're the bad guys. Whisk them away, or scoop them out.

See the white gelatin clumps? They’re the bad guys. Whisk them away, or scoop them out.

5. Once your mixture is smooth, transfer it to a cup with a spout, and pour the warm gummy mixture into your molds. Transfer full molds into the fridge.

6. Allow a few hours to set. The molds will easily pop inside out to release the gummy. Store in a sealed container in the fridge, and enjoy for up to a week.

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I’ve only made this recipe a few times, but there are endless combinations of flavors. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

  • Strawberry banana
  • Raspberry lemonade
  • Peach blueberry
  • Cherry grape

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can juice fruit yourself to create a juice you wouldn’t normally find at the store.

Sound good? Did you make it? Share in the comments below!

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