Apparently there are two types of people in this world. Those who love sweets like chocolate, and those who like sweets like Gummy Bears. I happen to be more of chocolate kinda gal, but when I came across this recipe for homemade gummy bears on one of my favorite websites for healthy food - The Mommypotamus, I had to try it.
If you're a vegetarian or vegan, this recipe is no go for you as it contains gelatin. If you have any suggestions for a vegan gelatin-type product, let me know and I'll try that in this recipe. BUT if you're simply looking for an incredibly easy way to snack on something that dials down sugar and has a lot of flavor, try this recipe.
Sometimes when I attempt a new recipe, or tweak an old one to make it healthier, it's not uncommon to hear comments like this come out of my kids' mouths (the official taste testers): "I liked the flavor at first, but then I didn't like it after I chewed it," or "It just doesn't look good. I don't think I'm going to eat it," or "At least I tried it, " and my favorite, "Just because I don't like it doesn't me I don't love you." Lucky me, they love these little treats. A lot!
Your skill sets for cooking need not be great. If you can boil water, you can make this in less than 10 minutes. When it comes to following recipe directions, I'm the worst. I usually look at a recipe once and wing it - which is what I did with this recipe three separate times. Miraculously it turned out every time. It's officially a kill-proof recipe.
I tried this recipe two ways - one with honey and one with stevia. Both worked. I'll explain how to make both below.
All the ingredients: lime (or lemon), water, blueberries, honey, gelatin and yes, bottle caps or beaker tops...I'll get to that later.
Add frozen blueberries to pot with a tablespoon of water - that's it! Heat until blueberries draw color.
Strain the blueberries and set blueberry juice aside.
Combine gelatin with water over low heat and whisk until all the lumps are out.
Add honey to water and gelatin. If you'd prefer to use stevia to reduce sugar, see modification below.
After you add the blueberry juice to the mixture. Stir one more time, and add to a mold - this is what you get!
Homemade Gummy "Bear" Circles
3/4 c. water
1/3 c. lemon or lime juice, preferably freshly squeezed
1/4 c. frozen blueberries + 1 tbsp water
1/4 c. honey*
4 tbsp gelatin (get organic gelatin here)
1. Combine blueberries and water in pot. Gently heat until color is drawn from the blueberries. Should take about three minutes. Strain and set aside.
2. Combine water and gelatin. Whisk over low heat until lumps are out.
3. Add honey, lemon or lime juice and blueberry juice to the mixture. Stir thoroughly.
4. Pour into an 8x8 pan.
5. Put in the freezer for about 5 minutes, or until set.
6. Use any shape mold to create your snacks
*If you'd like to make this without honey, increase water to one cup and add two packets of stevia. Stick with the rest of the directions. Don't use aspartame or sucralose...it's really bad for you and this is intended to be healthy.
I didn't have a cute mold to use for my recipe, so I went to my kids' room and looked for anything that might work. Finally I came across a play chemistry set my daughter got for Christmas. In it were two narrow beakers. I washed them and they worked like magic. Problem solved. You can also use bottle caps if you don't have anything else small enough.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think.
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