Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Healthy Homemade Gummy Bears

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I LOVE gummies… Gummy bears, gummy worms, peach rings, gummy sharks, etc.  They are my weakness, I would take something gummy over chocolate any day.  Unfortunately all those yummy candies are packed full of artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, tons of sugar, and a whole lot of other unhealthy stuff.  I came across this recipe for homemade gummy bears on Pinterest (here) and I was sold! I have to say, these cute little bears are pretty tasty, and SUPER healthy for you too! I was really surprised at how easy they were to make, and the flavor options are endless!  Here’s how I did it (PS... These weren't as sweet as I thought they were going to be, you can either add more stevia, or real sugar to help sweeten them up a little, or leave it... It's healthier that way ;)) :)
There is a main recipe for any flavor, just substitute the fruit and juice to make different variations
  • Two cups of fruit
  • One cup of fruit juice (I used my juicer, but you can use any kind of fruit juice, it just depends on how “natural” you want your gummies to be)
  • Three packets of Stevia in the Raw
  • Five packets of regular unflavored gelatin
  • Prepare your fruit juice by juicing ( unless you aren’t juicing your fruit)
  • dice two cups of preferred fruit
  • Add fruit juice and fruit to a pot and simmer on medium until the fruit is super soft
  • Add Stevia
  • Add to blender and blend until smooth
  • Let mixture cool for 5-7 minutes
  • Add packets of Gelatin and blend until there are no clumps
  • Poor onto very lightly greased cookie sheet (The size of the cookie sheet will determine the thickness of your gummy bears. I found a 9″ X 13″ cake pan worked the best)
  • Refrigerate for one hour
  • Cut our your gummies and enjoy!
Just follow these simple steps for any flavors you decide to make.  For mine I did three different types of fruit (one cup juiced and two diced cups of two different kinds) So for example, I did one cup of strawberries and one cup of bananas. The steps for all the flavors are the exact same, just juice, cut, boil, blend, and chill.
P.S. I found the bear shaped cutter in the clay section at Hobby Lobby, it was 1.99 for a pack of three different sizes
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I really liked this flavor, however I would have liked for them to be a little thicker, which is why I switched from a cookie sheet to a cake pan for my other two flavors.  Here’s how I did it by following the directions above…
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While the Strawberry Banana gummies were chilin in the fridge I made the Pineapple, Mango, Banana ones. These ones were my favorite! (P.S. I promise those little strandy things arent hair, they are from the mango ;) )
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Here’s how I did it, using the same steps as above I juiced the pineapple and diced the mango and banana.
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The strawberry blueberry ones were really good too, and Ryan’s favorite of the three. Again, just follow all the same steps from above, I used apples as the juice, and diced the strawberries and added blueberries.  This recipe I cut in half because I was running low on gelatin :)
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There you have it! Homemade all natural gummy bears! The recipe makes a good amount, probably equivalent to five bags of regular gummy bears.  I cant wait to test out more flavors! If you come up with any yummy ones definitely let me know :) Hope you like them!

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  1. What a great recipe! My kids , of course, love fruit snacks but i never feel great about giving them to them. What do you do with the scraps? It looks like there is a lot left over.

    1. Thanks Rita! Yes there is A TON of leftover scraps. My hubby ate a lot of it but for the most part we just threw it away, sad I know :(... I was thinking the next time I make them I will cut them into squares instead of the gummy bear shapes, that way none will get thrown out. Thanks for your comment!

  2. What a great recipe! Excited to try them :) Do you keep your finished gummies in the refrigerator?

    1. Thanks! Yes I did keep mine in the refrigerator, however they stayed pretty soft, next time I make them I am going to leave some out to see if maybe drying them out a little will make them more "gummy like"

  3. Greetings from the UK.
    What size gelatin packets are used?