Getting our little ones to eat fewer sugary snacks and more veggies is always a challenge, and convenience is the easiest way to get off track on nutrition. This month we reinvented a summertime favorite: the gummy fruit snacks!
Our fruit snacks are made from vegetable juice with no added sugar and no weird preservatives. Best of all, they are SO EASY! We promise! With pre-made juice, you simply pour, heat, stir, and let it set. That's it!
Just choose a combination of fruits and veggies that sounds good to you (i.e. blueberry + beet, carrot + mango, kiwi + kale). You'll only need the juice for these, so either juice your fruits and veggies at home or to save a step you can purchase 100% fresh juice at the store.
3/4 cup fresh carrot juice
3/4 cup fresh mango juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp honey
1 packet stevia (2 grams)
4.5 tbsp powdered gelatin
Measure juices into a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin powder on top. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom. The juice will start to look strange and almost sandy and wrinkly. That's fine! Now turn the heat onto medium and whisk while warming it (you want it to get hot but not to boil) until the mixture returns to liquid form. Once it's the consistency of juice again, add the stevia and honey, keep whisking until it's hot again. Now pour it into a container (decorative molds are fun! Or just use a 5"x8" brownie pan.) We lined ours with plastic wrap to make it even easier to remove from the container. Once you've poured it, toss in the fridge for a few hours to set, or the freezer if you're in a rush! Takes about 30min in the freezer to set. Then unmold and cut into diamond shapes. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
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