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Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks

These take 5 minutes to prepare! It is beyond my understanding why moms would buy these at the store when they are this easy and fast to make. The store bought fruit snacks are loaded with refined sugars, artificial flavors and food dyes. Here is an example of the ingredients from a well known brand of gummy bears:

HARIBO Gold-Bears Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax Coating, Artificial Colors Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1 – source

Crazy huh? I bet if moms knew the affects these substances have on the body they would never give it to their kids. So here is a great healthy alternative that you and your kids will love. This recipe contains grass-fed, super healthy gelatin. The health benefits of gelatin are many and the ones that stand out the most are the fact that it is loaded with high quality proteins and helps to heal digestive disorders like leaky gut. It is also a great source of collagen for overall joint and bone health. Below you will find the grass fed gelatin I use in my recipes and recommend.

I used a homemade raspberry sauce in this recipe, but you can also substitute the raspberry for any other berry or fruit juice you like. It would be fun to make them with mangos for a yellow color, papayas for orange, blueberries for purple, green melon for green…the options are endless.

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Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon raspberry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1 cup raspberries, frozen or fresh (or any other berry or fruit juice)
Instructions
Raspberry Sauce:
  1. add raspberries to a food processor and pulse until smooth (if you are using frozen raspberries, let them thaw out completely first)
  2. pour berries into a strainer set over a bowl, and gently press the raspberries to extract their juices.
  3. in a saucepan, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the raspberry sauce with lemon juice, gelatin and honey (add more honey if you like it sweeter)
  4. heat the mixture slowly, stirring constantly until the gelatin is melted and all ingredients are well combined
  5. pour mixture into silicon molds and refrigerate until set. You can also line a pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture, then cut into squares after it is set.

Below is the exact heart shaped silicon mold I used to make these fruit snacks. The recipe makes 15 or more depending how much you fill the mold. I filled mine about 3/4 full and it made a few more than 15. You can store your snacks in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.

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Comments: 25

  1. lifemadewhole July 2, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

    Where can I find the gelatin?

    • adriana July 2, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

      here:

  2. Sonia July 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Would hydrolyzed collagen powder work?

    • adriana July 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

      I am not sure since I have never used it.

  3. kathy July 3, 2013 at 4:55 am Reply

    can you use organic honey instead of raw? would you need to use more gelatin? to make firm?

    • adriana July 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm Reply

      I use organic honey, but one that has not been heated, filtered or processed in any way. Regular is thinner but it will work, adjust the sweetness to your liking and it should be fine in the recipe

  4. xoxoNEH July 8, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply

    Can I use something else instead of the gelatin?

  5. Devion July 24, 2013 at 5:46 am Reply

    We stored ours air-tight in a glass container in the pantry and they molded after three days. Just wanted to put that out there that for longevity, the fridge might be the best option!

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  7. Ginny August 26, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    My son has MAJOR issues with even the slightest bit of citrus. Is it required to use the lemon juice?

    • adriana August 26, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply

      you can leave it out

  8. Alicia August 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm Reply

    how long can I keep these in the fridge for? I want to make a big batch.

    • adriana August 29, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply

      I am not sure, but should last at least a couple of weeks

  9. Sara September 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

    How do you get yours to come out so great? I tried to make some last night and they fell apart coming out of the mold

    • adriana September 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm Reply

      hard to say Sara. What kind/brand of gelatin did you use?

  10. Lisa October 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! I made these exactly as you wrote it. The consistency was great. I did find them tart (for my taste), so I’m glad to know the lemon juice can be omitted, but would I have to add more of another juice to balance the liquid amount?
    Also, I used exactly the same gelatin as suggested and it seemed to have a beefy smell, does this occur for you? It was my first time using the gelatin. Thanks :)

    • adriana October 14, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply

      Lisa, a good formula I have found is to add 1/3 cup of liquid to 3 tablespoons of the powdered gelatin. The smell is so mild that it does not bother me at all and most important you can not taste the gelatin as expected with unflavored gelatin.

  11. Lisa October 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Thank you! I actually think it was my honey and not the gelatin :)

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  13. suzan January 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm Reply

    I need some help – I just went by another recipe I found online
    2 1/2c fruit (pureed), 1/2c lemon juice, 2T honey, 1/2c gelatin.
    I pureed a mixture of raspberries and blueberries. While I was adding the gelatin I found the smell quite offensive and now that I just removed them from the molds and tried one the gelatin is very overpowering! Any suggestions? I want to perfect these and mail them to my grand children. Thank you in advance for your help

    • adriana January 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm Reply

      What brand of gelatin did you use?

  14. Mir March 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Great recipe!
    Is the consistency more like jello or gummy candy?
    Thanks!

    • adriana March 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm Reply

      More like gummy candy.

  15. Kara April 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Can you use original pectin instead of gelatin?

    • adriana April 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm Reply

      Kara, I don’t think the consistency will be the same if you use pectin. If you want to give it a try, you might need to add more pectin and sugar than the recipe calls for in order to achieve the right consistency.

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