Easy Homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks

We're going a little vintage today--but that's just fine with me. My pictures are pretty grainy because I was shooting in SUPER early morning light and had a pretty high ISO going on. I feel like it kinda fits the theme, though, because these homemade gummy fruit snacks are made just like they used to be in the good 'ole days of real food. They have just two ingredients: fruit juice and gelatin.

What's gelatin anyways?

Gelatin is a protein found in the collagen-rich parts of animals--the skins, tendons, joints, ligaments, etc. Not only is it an extraordinary aid in helping heal the digestive tract, but it's also a miracle food when it comes to making whole food snacks! The Jell-o products you find in stores is the modern, processed, modified, and nutrition-less version (not to mention, the chemical-rich, toxic version) of real, actual gummy fruit snacks. The traditional, gut-healing, nutritious way to make real homemade gummy fruit snacks only takes two ingredients--fruit juice and gelatin.

I used apple juice, as I had a huuuuuuuge box of apples on hand I needed to juice anyways. But you are more than welcome to use any fruit juice (or fruit juice combination) to make these fruit snacks. Actually, I would love to know which flavors are your favorites and what you've tried. I'm always trying new and different combinations... and currently I'm imagining adding a little bit of pressed ginger to these apple juice ones... or maybe a dash of cinnamon... or a little lemon juice too.. mmmm... i might go make some more.

Be careful where you buy your gelatin from too. I have read good things about Great Lakes Gelatin and trust their sources of animal products. But, as always, I would recommend doing your own research and making sure you find a brand that you trust. Gelatin really should come straight from the animal and be as minimally processed as possible to preserve nutrition.

Alright, enough small talk. Let's get cooking! These are super simple and fun to make! If you have silicon molds you can even make fun shapes with them. I'm not that fancy nor creative... so you got small squares. It is what it is.


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Homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks
Author: Amy MoffatPrep time: 10 minChill time:2-3 hours


4 cups fruit juice (preferably home-juiced)
3 1/2 Tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin


Line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper or, if using silicon molds, lightly grease with coconut oil.
Pour 1 cup of the fruit juice into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit to absorb into the water.
Heat the remaining 3 cups of fruit juice over medium heat. You don't need to boil it, just heat it up to where it's just about to simmer.
Remove from heat and pour in the gelatin mixture. Whisk until the gelatin is melted and the mixture is smooth and liquid.
Pour into prepared pan or molds.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or until set (time will depend on how hot mixture is)
When firm, remove the pan from the fridge and cut the gelled mixture into squares (or pop them out of the molds).
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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