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.
Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks 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.
- 1 cup of frozen fruit
- 1 cup of fruit juice
- 4 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
- 3 tbsp organic maple syrup or raw, organic honey
- Heat up 1/2 cup of the fruit juice and all of the frozen fruit in a sauce pan over low-medium heat.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the frozen fruit.
- Add the raw honey or maple syrup. Remove from heat.
- Add the gelatin and whisk until there are no lumps. Add the remaining fruit juice and stir. The consistency will thicken.
- 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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