My kids love my homemade gelatin fruit snacks. Like REALLY love them. They ask for them all the time. My original recipe was made with just some fruit juice and fresh fruit chunks. It was a hit. So then my middle son asked if we could make some out of NingXia Red.
I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of that! What a great idea. So I just modified my original recipe to include some NingXia Red antioxidant drink (you can get two samples free with an oil starter kit – here’s where you can get it) – and BAM! It’s so delicious!
What’s not to love, right? They’re like gummy bear snacks but made without all the junk and sugar. And it’s made with grass-fed gelatin – which is more nutritious – it’s high in protein, essential amino acids (such as glycine, proline and lysine) and collagen – than that boxed store-bought gelatin. The nutrients in grass-fed gelatin help to build connective tissue, provide support with those with collagen loss or cartilage damage, and aid in hair and skin health.
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.
NingXia Red Fruit Snacks
These NingXia Red fruit snacks are perfect for adults and kids. They’re great for packing in lunch boxes.
And here’s a tip: freeze them and pack a few frozen NingXia Red gummy snacks in a lunch box so they’re cold by the time the kids get to school. One 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).
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- 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit (mango, berries, etc.)
- 1/2 cup NingXia Red (where to buy)
- 5 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
- 2 tbsp organic maple syrup or raw honey
- 4 drops Orange essential oil (where to buy)
- 2 drops Lemon essential oil (where to buy)
- In a sauce pan, heat orange juice, frozen fruit, and raw honey or maple syrup on low heat.
- When liquid is hot, add gelatin one tablespoon at a time and use an immersion blender so that gelatin is well-absorbed (no lumps). The consistency will thicken.
- Remove from heat. Add essential oils.
- Pour into silicone molds (like these Star Wars molds) and refrigerate until the snacks harden - about for 3-4 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).
p.s. Looking for tips to start cooking with essential oils? Check out my free email course In the Kitchen with Essential Oils.