Preparation Time: 10 minutes (chill for 30 minutes)
Items to Have on Hand: Organic Pure Fruit Juice, Raw Honey, Gelatin, Silicone Molds or Flat Dish
This healthy gummy snack recipe wins hearts in so many ways. Kids love to eat them. They are SO simple for adults to make. And far from their highly processed and fructosed store-bought cousins, these gummies have no added sugar and numerous health benefits.
Gummies are an excellent vehicle for getting more gelatin into your diet. Gelatin is so helpful for gut health, detoxification, glowing skin, healthy joints and even better sleep.
It’s All About the Juice
There are countless variations for making homemade gummies. This recipe is optimized for health, simplicity and cost. It is based on a gem of a product at Trader Joe’s called Trader Joe’s To the Power of Seven, a blend of pomegranate, tart cherry, black mulberry, red grape, purple carrot, cranberry, and blueberry juices.
You’d be hard pressed to find a better value on a pure, organic fruit juice of such high nutritional value. With no sweeteners or fillers added, it packs a high-phytonutrient punch for only $3.99 a bottle. A general rule of thumb is that the deeper and darker the color of your fruits and veggies, the higher the phytonutrients. (Phytonutrients are the anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-disease, anti-you-name-it compounds found in plants.) This beautiful dark juice has some real powerhorses, including the surprising addition of purple carrot, which has far more phytonutrients than the orange carrot.
- 2 cups Trader Joe’s To the Power of Seven Juice
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup gelatin powder
- Heat juice and honey in a small saucepan over medium low heat until honey is melted and liquid is hot but not boiling.
- Gradually pour gelatin into saucepan while constantly whisking to prevent clumping.
- Once fully incorporated, carefully pour into molds.
- Chill molds in the fridge for at least half an hour.
If you don’t have TJ’s To the Power of Seven juice, you can substitute any fruit juice you have on hand.
If you don’t have silicone molds, you can simply use a flat dish and cut the gummies into blocks after they cool.
You may have bubbles on top of the molds after pouring — they will go down somewhat if you leave them at room temperature for a bit before putting in the fridge. Don’t worry too much about them (this is the back side.)
When removing the gummies from the mold, pull the edges of the mold away first, and then push up from the bottom to keep the edges intact.
Did you try these? How did it go? Let us know in the comments!