Sissybird is a huge fan of gummy fruit snacks. Sure they are pretty convenient and cheap to buy at the store, but have you ever flipped that box over and checked out the ingredients??? I was pretty shocked to learn that most fruit snacks contain synthetic food dyes and preservatives. Even the organic ones have a long list of ingredients that includes some things I’m not crazy about giving my kids. So when I found this easy, real food recipe that contains 2 ingredients in Carrie Vitt’s “The Grain-Free Family Table” I was eager to give it a try. My kids LOVE them and they are full of goodness from the grass-fed gelatin! Good for a little girl who doesn’t get much protein otherwise!
If you aren’t familiar with Great Lakes grass-fed gelatin here’s a few benefits it provides:
– aids in digestion
-contains 18 amino acids and 11 grams of protein per tablespoon
-helps lubricate joints, makes nails and hair grow, and improves skin elasticity
Read more about it here
Here’s how you make them:
Pour 2 cups of juice and 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon of gelatin into a saucepan. Let the gelatin and juice hang out for 5 minutes, then turn the burner on medium for another 4 or 5 minutes and stir continuously to dissolve all the gelatin. Workout any clumps with the back of your spoon.
When your mixture returns to liquid pour it into a silicon mold. You can also just use a baking pan and cut them into squares or use cookie cutters.
Once the juice is in the mold put it into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to harden. I’ve learned the hard way that it is easier to transfer hot liquid fruit juice to the fridge if you put your mold in a jelly roll pan first!
After an hour the fruit snacks pop out of the silicon mold and are ready to enjoy! I store them in a glass container with wax paper between the layers for up to a week.
Very easy to make and they hold up really great in Sissy’s lunch box. Hope you will give them a try!