These cute little guys are a favorite in our household. They’re fast and easy to make, and super nutritious for your family. Griffin LOVES them, especially because of their fun shape. I love that there are just 3 simple ingredients: fresh juice, grass-fed gelatin and a healthy sweetener.
- While fruit juices get a bad rap, in moderation and balanced with healthy protein, they are actually quite nutritious. Take orange juice for example… it’s high in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants. Just be sure to make your own or buy freshly squeezed from local health food store.
- The grass-fed gelatin provides healthy and non-inflammatory protein. In fact, if eaten as a dessert after meat, you’re balancing your amino acids and helping to reduce the chances of an adrenaline response. Gelatin is also wonderful for our digestive system, and can even help with allergies and blood sugar regulation.
- The added sweetener provides a natural form of carbohydrate that can provide good fuel for active children 🙂 If you’re trying to watch carbohydrate intake, you can use a high-quality stevia and even use lemon as your juice. Otherwise, honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar work great. Because of the density of gelatin, I find this recipe needs some kind of natural sweetener to taste good 🙂
OK, let’s get to recipe…
- 3 cups of fresh chilled juice. I like orange the best.
- 1/2 cup of grass-fed gelatin (Where to buy)
- 1/4 cup of raw honey (Where to buy)
40-60 drops high-quality stevia (Where to buy)
- Pour your chilled juice into a large Pyrex measuring cup or bowl. I like using this one.
- Add your 1/2 cup of grass-fed gelatin. Mix with metal spoon until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
- Pour your mixture into an enamel or stainless steel pot. Put on low-medium heat and add your honey or stevia. Stir until everything is blended well.
- Taste for sweetness. You want the mixture to taste almost too sweet since the flavors mellow once in gummy man form.
- Pour mixture back into your Pyrex measuring cup and let cool to room temperature.
- Pour into your mold. I like the gingerbread man look myself but there are other cute ones like these daisies or hearts.
- Let the gelatin slightly gel so that it doesn’t spill everywhere when you transfer to refrigerator.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 1/2 an hour or freezer for about 10 minutes. At that time, they are fully formed and ready to EAT and ENJOY! This recipe makes ~ 50 mini gummy men.
- Keep leftovers in fridge or cool place.
*For vegans/vegetarians looking for a gelatin substitute, you can try agar-agar powder. Keep in mind, I have not tried it so can’t comment on whether they taste good, gel properly, etc. I also read that agar-agar powder does not dissolve in mouth like gelatin does so you want to be cautious with feeding these snacks to children due to potential choking hazard.
Check out my healthy gummy bear recipe too!