Healthy Homemade Gummies






Do you have a picky eater? or do you simply need an easy-healthy-good snack? Well, if you answered yes then this recipe is for you! I'm not gonna lie, I liked them and Thomas finished the first batch in less than an hour. However, they have a different taste than the candy gummy bears from the store.  So give them a try and see if you and your child likes them. If you do, you just found a healthy "candy" to snack on. 

I have a very picky eater at home. It is hard to get him to eat anything, specially if it is a new dish. Besides of these few things he likes (plain pasta, Chick-fil-A chicken, Mac and Cheese, to name some) I have found that the only way to get real nutrients in his body is through negotiation.

I have been negotiating with my two-year-old, in order to make sure he gets the good food he needs
(I know, I know, but I am desperate to make sure he is healthy.) The negotiation game has been working well, but I am conscious I cannot be giving him candy or a cookie after every meal.


Did I mentioned that I am also pregnant... and I also need a good snack that helps me with my sweet cravings?  Those are the reasons why I had to try this recipe and share it with you!

As I was browsing meals in Pinterest, I came across this genius idea from Floridacitrus.com. Thomas loves gummy bears and these are an affordable and healthy version of them.You can also find more versions of these homemade gummies on my  Foodie Pinterest board.

You can find the original recipe here. However, you will find my version of this recipe below. After making the original recipe the first time, I altered it by adding some extra ingredients (orange extract and sugar) and decreasing the amount of  gelatin to enhance the flavor. In the future I want to add carrot juice, which blends really well with the orange juice, to add more nutrients into the gummies. So if you have a juicer, give it a try for me!




 Ingredients:

- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 4 Tbs Unflavored Gelatin
- 1 tsp Orange Extract (optional)
- 2 tsp sugar or honey (optional)
- Silicone tray molds and dropper (I read that if you don't have silicone molds, you can just use a normal pan and cut the gummies into squares.)


Instructions:

1. On a bowl add the orange juice and the sugar. Heat it up until it is steaming, but don't let it boil. 

2. Bring to low-medium heat and add the orange extract. At this point, I tried the mix to see if it had the sweet taste I was looking for.

3. Add the gelatin, one tablespoon at the time, making sure it completely dissolves before adding more. Remove from the stove.

4. Using a dropper, fill the silicone molds. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from molds and enjoy!





I got the gummy bear silicone molds here  and they were less than $10 for a pack of 3. But there are plenty other options of silicone molds in Target, Amazon and Walmart.com. Also, I know that unflavored gelatin can be expensive, but I found  such a great deal at Walmart, that I had to share it here  (I found it in the store, but I wanted to make sure you  knew what the box looked like.) By the way this is not sponsored by any of the stores mentioned above, I just wanted to save you time and money, by sharing direct links of what I used.

I hope you try this recipe and like it as much as we did. It has definitely been fun to find new ways to motivate my picky boy to eat, and to stop myself from getting sugar high! These are now a fun snack to entertain him during church and/or his prize for eating all his food.




Thanks for stopping by. I hope this was helpful,

Eliana 

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