Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks in Fun Lego Shapes


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Have you ever used real gelatin? No, I’m not talking about the boxes of store-bought gelatin like Jello-O that’s full of artificial colors and preservatives. I’m talking about real gelatin from grass-fed cows. You can make it easily with just 4 ingredients and you’ll be serving up lots of protein and nourishing collagen and amino acids in every fruit snack.

What is Gelatin?

Gelatin is derived from the skin, connective tissue and/or bones of animals. All gelatin is made this way. What makes grass-fed gelatin different is the quality of the gelatin. It’s from grass-fed cows rather than factory farmed animals. Generations have been eating gelatin for many years – and yes, even Jello-O is derived the same way. Gelatin is used to thicken or congeal foods and make products such as gelatin or gummy snacks, marshmallows, etc.

Grass-fed gelatin is high in protein, essential amino acids (such as glycine, proline and lysine) and collagen. These key ingredients help to build connective tissue, provide support with those with collagen loss or cartilage damage, and aid in hair and skin health (such as help with wrinkles and cellulite).1

So you’re probably thinking – heck, all adults should be taking this. You’re right. Grass-fed gelatin is an excellent nutritional supplement for adults – especially those who aren’t drinking bone broth on a regular basis. But it’s also great for kids. It’s high in protein, so it’s fantastic for little bodies and helping to support bone, skin, hair and connective tissue health.

The Recipe

These gummy snacks are perfect for adults and kids. They’re perfect for packing in lunch boxes. And here’s a tip: freeze them and pack a few frozen gummy snacks in a lunch box so they’re cold by the time the kids get to school. I tablespoon of grass-fed gelatin has about 6 grams of protein.2 I used a smaller mold – which yielded about 28 gummy snacks – so 7 gummies would be 6 grams of protein (since there are 4 tablespoons of gelatin in this recipe).

I found the original recipe from Great Lakes (I modified the base lemon jelly recipe). I tested this with frozen strawberries but I think any berries, mango or pineapple will work well. Also, I used orange juice as the liquid in this recipe, but I think other juices will work well too. If using a non-citrus juice, reduce the amount to 1 cup minus 2-3 tbsp, then use 2-3 tbsp of lemon juice. The citrus helps to naturally preserve these gummy snacks.

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Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks in Fun Lego Shapes

Ingredients

Equipment

Directions

1. Heat up 1/2 cup of the fruit juice and all of the frozen fruit in a sauce pan over low-medium heat.

Lego Gummy Fruit Snacks - Don't Mess with Mama.com

2. Use an immersion blender to puree the frozen fruit.

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3. Add the raw honey or maple syrup. Remove from heat.

Lego Gummy Fruit Snacks - Don't Mess with Mama.com

4. Add the gelatin and whisk until there are no lumps. Add the remaining fruit juice and stir. The consistency will thicken.

Lego Gummy Fruit Snacks - Don't Mess with Mama.com

6. Pour into silicone molds and refrigerate for 4-5 hours. When ready, pop out of the molds. They should come out pretty easily. (Pop them in the freezer for a few minutes if they gummy snacks don’t come out easily).

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About Tracey Black

Hi, I’m Tracey. Welcome to Don’t Mess with Mama. Join me to stand up against junk food, processed food, and anything artificial. I’ll show you how to cook wholesome, gluten free (and grain free) meals with real food ingredients to nourish your family. Plus, learn how to get the toxins and chemicals out of your home for good with my favorite DIY and homemade recipes for beauty, personal care and cleaning products.

Comments

  1. These are great! Thanks for sharing. I tried some homemade gummies before when we were on GAPS and honestly they did not taste that great. However, it was a very different recipe. I think I will give this one a try!

  2. We made something very similar to this years ago – we didn’t use regular Jell-O because it contained pork products and so bought Kosher gelatin from a Jewish store. We poured the gummies (before anyone every heard of them!) into ice cube trays!

  3. Danielle Fish says:

    These are great for kids! *OK, let’s be real, these would be great for my husband :) I just need to get me some molds. Thanks!!

  4. Wow, these look FABULOUS!! Can’t wait to try them out! Thanks so much for sharing at Homemade Mondays and congrats on the feature!

    Christine :)
    http://www.myepicureanadventures.com

  5. What is the texture of these? Are they more like a fruit snack (chewy)? Or just wiggly like Jello? I made a similar recipe and they were so goopy . . . not at all like a fruit snack. I was very disappointed.

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