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If you are concerned about giving your kids healthy food options Homemade Healthy Gummies are the way to go!

homemade healthy gummies

Did you know store bought gummies or fruit snacks are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes? Check out the labels! The long list of ingredients indicates the snack is not a healthy choice. Dentists also blame fruit snacks to be the number one cause for cavities in children!

They are so easy to make and you will feel great about giving your kids a super healthy snack. Please check out also my Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies or Blueberry Gelatin recipes for more fruit snack ideas and how to make your own vitamins at home.

These Homemade Healthy Gummies are made with real fruits and veggies, full of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients! You don’t have to worry about high fructose corn syrup or dangerous artificial dyes anymore. Isn’t it great? Just whole fresh fruits and veggies. You can also get creative and add superfoods like chia seeds, ginger, probiotics, cod liver oil or kale to your blends.

A good quality Gelatin is very important. This is why I recommend one made from 100% Pasture-Raised Beef. The collagen in this type of gelatin along with the many amino acids help regulate our metabolisms, have anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens hair and nails, and regulates hormones. Gelatin is also known to improve digestion. If you want to learn more about gelatin and its benefits, click HERE. You can also get a good grass-fed gelatin from Amazon.

homemade healthy gummies

Ingredients for Homemade Healthy Gummies:

  • 1 1/2 cups fruit and/or vegetable juice, freshly made with a Juicer (cold press -best choice) or store-bought (making sure it is 100% juice and preferably not from concentrate).
  • 4 tablespoons gelatin (I prefer a grass fed gelatin but you can find plain gelatin near the flavored Jello at your local grocery store. A tablespoons is usually one gelatin packet, but just to be sure, empty the packets into a bowl and use a measure spoon.
  • 2-4 tablespoons Raw Honey depending on your preference and how sweet your juice is. You can also use maple syrup or stevia. If your juice has lots of veggies you will need more but it is up to your personal taste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, I recommend Organic Pure Vanilla Extract – optional for extra flavor
  • Any other ingredients you would like to incorporate like probiotics, elderberry syrup (to prevent or fight a cold), or cod liver oil (immune system booster). Remember you can make these gummies your natural multivitamins.

Directions:

  1. Pour juice into a small-medium saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit for just a few minutes until it starts to “bloom” (it will get wrinkly looking on the surface and all of the white powder from the gelatin will absorb into the liquid). When all the gelatin is absorbed, mix it well.
  2. Then place the saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Let the liquid warm, but don’t let it boil. You want all of the gelatin to dissolve and turn thin and runny (it will be grainy at the beginning but after a couple of minutes in the heat it should dissolve completely).
  3. Add the honey, vanilla extract,and any other ingredients you will be using.
  4. Put the liquid in a little jar (I use my measuring cup) into a Loaf Pan or your fun gummy molds and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours.  Some of my favorite molds are the Freshware 30-Cavity Silicone Mold, the Toy, Car, Block and Bear Chocolate, Gummy Mold and the kilofly Silicone Mold, Robot & Dinosaur
  5. Remove from molds. They pop right out. If you used the loaf pan, cut your gelatin into small squares.
  6. Keep your homemade healthy gummies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. If you leave them outside they will last but I recommend storing them in the refrigerator.
  7. *Update. If you want to make smaller gummies, these are fantastic mini Gummy Bear Molds. They even come with a dropper for easy filling.

Ideas For Juice Combinations:

  • Red: Beets, strawberries, carrots, raspberries, red apples.
  • Orange: Carrots, oranges, clementines, mangoes, peaches.
  • Yellow: Yellow pear, yellow apple, grapes (DO NOT use pineapple juice, your gelatin will not set up due to the enzyme bromelain that’s found in pineapple).
  • Green: Kale, spinach, green grapes,  cucumber, green apple (DO NOT use kiwi, your gelatin will not set up).
  • Purple: Purple cabbage, blackberries, blueberries, concord grapes.

If you want to change the colors and lighten up your homemade healthy gummies, you can also substitute some milk (dairy or non-dairy) for some of the juice in the recipe. I like using almond milk.

I am sharing this homemade healthy gummies recipe from the MPMK Blog. If you are interested in reading more about my blog, please take a look at my latest articles. I am a mom blogger who loves to share creative and healthy fun food ideas, family activities, natural remedies, parenting advice, and tips for living a healthy lifestyle.

I will love to hear back from you and see if you tried my recipes and how they came out. If you have a healthy recipe to share, please tag @chfunfood on Instagram or send me a message. I would love to share it!

*UPDATE. A friend of mine recently tried my recipe and found the cutest Gummy Bear Molds. They are smaller than the ones I used for this recipe, but they come with a dropper, so you can easily fill them. They are made of 100% food grade silicone, non-stick, and are BPA free. I find them absolutely adorable. I need to get these ASAP!

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40 Responses so far.

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  2. Doris says:

    Does it always have to be a silicone mold? Would the gummies have a hard time coming out of glass or plastic? I was just gonna pour the mixture into a glass pan but then I remembered I have ice cube trays that make ice sticks that fit through a water bottle and thought I could maybe use that? It’s hard plastic tho…

    • Hi Doris, I recommend silicone molds because they are very easy to handle but you can also use any type of baking dish or glass container (oiled). You can just cut the fruit snacks once they gel. Make sure you grease your molds or glass pan with cooking oil (or oil spray) to prevent sticking. I really haven’t tried using plastic. Hope this helps!

      • Doris says:

        Thanks for the quick reply. Made our first batch and they’re pretty good. Came out great in the glass pan and we cut little squares. Today we used a cranberry/apple juice mix. They tasted slightly citrus like, which was yummy, but I would prefer them to be more flavorful (not neccessarily sweeter.) Any suggestions on how to get more flavor into them? How could we make the fruit juice part of it more “potent”? Have you ever pureed frozen mixed berries and used them?

        • I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! I haven’t tried to puree frozen berries yet but I don’t see why not if you want to try it. A friend of mine told me she made this recipe using apple sauce and the gummies came out great so I am thinking pureed fruit will be ok too. I think it will make the gummies more flavorful like you said because the fruit is more concentrated. I would blend it with a little water just like when making a smoothie. If you try it, please let me know how the gummies came out. Thank you!

  3. Ashley says:

    I was a little short on gelatin, but tried it anyway. They came our a little more firm than jello, but not really anything like a gummy fruit snack. If I added more gelatin would they be gummy, or is jello like normal?

  4. Carla says:

    Hello all. Beware of ginger. It can digest the proteins in the gluten making the jellies, not jell. A little bit (half thumb) in a juice that also contained a whole lemon (pectin) worked out. The Red Peppers, Carrots, and three thumbs of ginger did not set at all. Even after another reheat and 4 more scoops of gelatin.

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  6. J says:

    In an effort to batch many things in my life, I was wondering if these freeze well at all? ANyone try or know?

  7. Dawn says:

    thank you for this, just what I was looking for, but was wondering before I make a ton, can these be frozen ?

  8. Kathy says:

    is there anyway to extend the life? and not keep it refrigerated?

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  10. Anne says:

    I noticed that in one of your comments you mentioned spraying the molds. Do you spray your silicone ones too? I’ve made these before (slightly different ratio of gelatin to juice) and they didn’t stick but the batch I just made stuck horribly. It was a strawberry lemonade, a juice and brand I had not used before. I still have green, carrot and ginger lemonade juices to use. Is spraying necessary? I really don’t like buying cans of cooking spray.
    Thank you!

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  12. carrie says:

    Could you make these with 100% maple syrup? My little one doesn’t do well with honey. I imagine the honey works better though because it’s stickier 🙁

  13. carrie says:

    actually nevermind, i just noticed how much protein is in gelatin -doesn’t need protein powder!

  14. Amanda says:

    What probiotic brand/type do you recommend for these gummies? Any other specific additives that you have had success with? Thanks!

  15. Markel Town says:

    What is the shelf life on these? Are they good for a month?

  16. Anne says:

    I love your recipies! Just made gummibears, and they turned out great! I used cold pressed beet and apple pure juice, ricemalt syrup and vanilla extract and of course the gelatin powder. So good and soo cute! Thank you! Im planning on trying lots more recipies.

  17. Gena says:

    Just fyi. I’ve made this with kiwi’s many times. It works quite well! Just throw a little bit of lemon juice in there. Its really good.

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