These Healthy Gummy Bears are super easy to make! The three delicious options, Apple, Strawberry Lemonade and Tart Cherry, are flavored with natural fruit juice and gut-healing gelatin for a nutrient-packed yummy snack.

This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. All opinions expressed, as always, are my own.
overhead view of yellow and dark red gummy bears

Have you ever tried making gummies? My kids are huge fans of gummy candy. You know, the really bad for you, no nutritional-value-whatsoever kind. Do I let them eat it? Not too often. But I could use this sweet treat as a means to get more real grass fed gelatin into their  diet. Enter these healthy gummy bears, completely homemade!

This is the kit I bought and the whole process was as simple as could be!

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woman's hand using a dropper to fill molds with gummy bear mixture

Why do you want to eat more gelatin?

I know, I know, it sounds kind of unappealing. But it has fantastic health benefits. These days most people rarely consume gelatin, if at all, since the many sources of natural gelatin (such as beef bones and skin) are very rarely eaten. But here’s why they should be:

  • Gelatin is a source of 18 different amino acids which makes it a great supplement for overall gut health
  • Gelatin is derived from collagen. Did you know that there are 28 different types of collagen in the human body? The largest is found in skin, so supplemental collagen is beneficial to overall skin health.
  • Gelatin has been linked to decreased joint pain and inflammation so it may help with joint health and mobility

The best – and cheapest! – form of gelatin is from homemade bone broths. But since it’s summer, I’m making and consuming far less bone broth than usual. And that’s where my favorite Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin comes in. When I don’t want to be slurping on bone broths, making and consuming foods with this grass fed gelatin gives me an easy way to supplement my normal diet. So, you see, it’s the health benefits of gelatin that make these homemade gummies, well, healthy!

close up view of the canister of Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin

How to make these Healthy Gummy Bears

First off, start with your favorite flavor of fruit juice. I like to use natural brands that contain 100% pure fruit juice.

  1. Add 1 cup of fruit juice and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup (honey will also work) to a small saucepan. Start to cook over medium heat until almost boiling. As soon as the juice is steaming hot, the heat is turned to the lowest setting.
  2. Now start gradually adding in the gelatin, one tablespoon at a time. Whisk vigorously and let all gelatin dissolve into the liquid.
  3. Divide the liquid into the molds. I made cute little gummy bears, obviously, using this gummy bear mold. It came with a dropper, which made things super quick and easy. You can use whatever kind of candy mold you’d like, but I’d recommend silicone so they pop out easily. If you don’t care about cute shapes, you can also just pour them into a loaf pan or 8×8″ pan and cut them into gummy cubes once set.
  4. Lastly, place molds in the fridge to set. If your gummy molds are small, like mine, it should only take about 20 minutes and then you can easily pop them out.

A Note On Substitutions

You can easily replace the juice flavors listed in this recipe to come up with your own favorite flavored gummies. But – a warning! There are some fresh juices (if you juice yourself) which you must NOT use. Why? Because they contains enzymes which break down proteins. What does that mean? Those enzymes will break down the collagen that makes gelatin gel – so the gelatin will never set! Here’s a list of the fresh fruit juices to avoid:

  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya
  • Pawpaw
  • Mango
  • Guava

As an extra note – the enzymes can themselves be denatured by heat. Which means that pasteurized or canned fruits or juices should gel fine because they are heat treated.

yellow and red gummy bears with canister of vital proteins beef gelatin

I know you guys are going to LOVE these gummies! They’re:

Slightly sweet
A bit tart
Poppable
So fun
Easy to make
& Healthified candy at its finest

These are the perfect treat to make when your most intense junk food craving strikes and you need a healthier fix, quick! They come together in about 30 minutes and last for up to 1 month in the freezer! Enjoy them all to yourself or wrap them up and share. They would make great gifts around the holidays.

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! I love your comments, ratings, and your photos tagged #kimscravings on Instagram. Enjoy, friends!

Looking for other yummy desserts:

Skinny Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Strawberry Banana Soft Serve

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip

overhead view of yellow and red healthy gummy bears spilling out of glasses
overhead view of yellow and dark red gummy bears
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5 from 5 votes
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Gummy Bears
Amount Per Serving (1 gummy)
Calories 2
% Daily Value*
Potassium 2mg 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:200 gummy bears per flavor
Healthy Gummy Bears
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 

These Healthy Gummy Bears are super easy to make! The three delicious options, Apple, Strawberry Lemonade and Tart Cherry, are flavored with natural fruit juice and gut-healing gelatin for a nutrient-packed yummy snack.

Ingredients
Apple
Strawberry Lemonade
Tart Cherry
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the juice and maple syrup over medium heat until steaming hot (just before boiling).
  2. Lower the heat to the lowest setting and whisk in the gelatin one tablespoon at a time, making sure each tablespoon is fully dissolved in the liquid before adding the next.
  3. Once the gelatin is fully dissolved, remove from the heat and use a dropper to transfer liquid to gummy molds.
  4. Place molds in the refrigerator to set, completely - if your molds are similar in size to mine, it will take about 20-30 minutes for them to firm up enough to pop out.

  5. If you have extra gummy mixture, you can gently reheat/melt the mixture over low heat when your molds are empty and ready to be used again.
  6. Store the gummies in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Repeat for other flavors!
Author: Kim
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free Gummy Bears, Healthy Gummy Bears, Paleo Gummy Bears

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