Fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. Adding Gelatin to the mixture gives these gummies a source of dietary collagen, protein, anti-inflammatory qualities and it is known to improve digestion, promote healthy skin, hair and nails.
These gummies can be treated as vitamins, snacks, or dessert.
Fruit and Vegetable Juice Gummy Snacks
- 1 1/2 cups fruit and/or vegetable juice, fresh pressed or store-bought (see below for juice combinations)
- 4 tablespoons plain gelatin (I prefer Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin).
- 2-4 tablespoons raw honey, depending on your preference and how sweet your juice is. I would do a bit more honey if your juice is heavy on the veggies. (No honey for a child under one years of age)
- 1 tablespoon extra health-building ingredients like Vitamin C powder (Camu Camu) Magnesium powder (Natural Calm- original) powdered probiotics, green powder, protein powder, etc. You can vary it with different ingredients.
- Pour juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit for a few minutes. (it will get wrinkly looking on the surface and all of the white powder from the gelatin will absorb into the liquid). When all the gelatin is absorbed, whisk to combine.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Let the liquid warm through, but never boil. You are looking for the liquid to go from thick and batter-like to thin and runny. You want all of the gelatin to dissolve (you can test this by dipping your finger in the liquid and rubbing it against your thumb- if it’s smooth, you’re ready, if it’s grainy, keep it on the heat).
- Next, whisk in your honey and any extra ingredients. (*Note- if you are using powdered probiotic, wait until the juice has cooled to room temperature before adding to avoid killing any of the good bacteria.)
- Pour into candy molds or a loaf pan and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set.
- Remove from molds. If you used the loaf pan, cut your gelatin into small squares.
- Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week.
- Red/Pink: Red beets, strawberries, carrots and a bit of lemon juice
- Orange: Carrots, oranges, ginger and some mango juice
- Yellow: Yellow bell pepper, yellow beets, yellow pear, yellow apple and a bit of lemon juice (DO NOT use pineapple juice, your gelatin will not set up due to the enzyme bromelain that’s found in pineapples.)
- Green: Kale, kiwi, cucumber, green apple and lime
- Purple: Purple cabbage, blackberries, blueberries, a bit of red beet and an apple.
If you want to lighten up the color of the gummies, you can also substitute it with non-dairy milk. (coconut milk) for some of the juice in the recipe. This makes it a creamy gummy.