The Healthiest Gummy Bears You’ll Ever Eat!

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Valentines day is less than a week away. For the past couple years, I have resorted to chocolate. I’ve made unhealthy cookies, truffles and cupcakes. This year I wanted to make my Valentine’s favorite candy, but of course, the healthy version.

Jeremy is my Valentine, whether he likes it or not. His inner kid is obsessed with gummy bears. I don’t blame him, who isn’t? He likes them with popcorn,  chocolate or plain.

He is a good sport and will eat all my healthy recipes. I’m excited to share this one with him. Whenever I say “gummy bear” his eyes light up.

If you are a mom or work with kids, this would be a great activity to make with the little ones. They are all natural, fun and safe for kids to get carried away in. Turn this recipe into a: art lesson, math lesson or shape lesson. I’m sure you can think of something:)

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-Organic Lemon Juice (or freshly squeezed)

-Organic Lime Juice (or freshly squeezed)

-Original Gelatin (Unflavored)

-Organic Mangosteen Liquid Dietary Supplement (other flavors optional)

-Stevia in the Raw

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-1 Orange

-1/2 Grapefruit

-2 Cups Blueberries

-2 Cups Strawberries

-1 Banana

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Strawberry Orange Flavor Makes: 18 Servings

-Per Serving: 20 Gummy Bears

14 Calories, 0g Fat, 4g Sodium, 38g Potassium, 2g Carbs, .05g Fiber, 1.5g Sugar, 2g protein

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-Squeeze as much juice from the orange as a possible (should equal 1/2 cup)

-Measure 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of lime juice

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-Combine: lemon juice, lime juice and orange juice.(citrus juice) If you do not want to waste the orange, add the remainder (pulp) into the juice.

-Dice two cups of strawberries.

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-Add: strawberries and citrus juice to a boiling pot.

-Let the mixture simmer on medium until fruit is extra soft.

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-Remove mixture from stove and add to a blender or food processor. Add 1 packet of Stevia in the Raw.

-Blend until smooth.

-Let the hot mixture cool 5-7 minutes

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-After the mixture has slightly cooled, add five packets of gelatin to the blender.

-Blend until there are no clumps.

-Add to a flat baking sheet or tin.

(the thickness of your pan should be determined on how thick you prefer your gummy bears to be)

-Add to refrigerator for one hour to firm.

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-After your gummy mixture has cooled and firmed, remove it from refrigerator.

-Cut out gummy bears with a extra small cutter. You don’t necessarily have to make them gummy bears. You can use any shape you’d like.

(I bought my gummy bear cutter in the clay section at Hobby Lobby)

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Blueberry Grapefruit Gummy Bears: 15 Servings

-Per Serving: 20 Gummy Bears

22 Calories, 0g Fat, 6g Sodium, 28g Potassium, 3g Carbs, .07g Fiber, 2.2g Sugar, 2g protein

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-Squeeze 1/2 of a grapefruit into a mixing bowl.

-Add two servings of Mangosteen juice.

-Add 1/4 cup lemon juice

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-Add 2 cups of blueberries to the bowl and mix.

-Boil the blueberries the same way the strawberries were boiled above.

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-After the blueberries are boiled soft, add to a blender or food processor.

-Blend on high, let cool for 5-7 minutes.

-After the mixture has slightly cooled, add five packets of gelatin and one packet of Stevia in the Raw to the blender.

-Blend until there are no clumps.

-Add to a flat baking sheet or tin.

-Add to refrigerator for one hour to firm.

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After the gummy mixture has cooled, cut out gummy bears!

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Banana Gummy Bears: 8 Servings

-Per Serving: 10 Gummy Bears

21 Calories, 0g Fat, 4g Sodium, 67g Potassium, 4g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 2g protein

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-Add one large banana and 1/4 cup of lemon juice to a mixing bowl.

-Mash bananas lightly.

-Add to the boiling pan on medium and let simmer for 3 minutes.

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-After the bananas are boiled soft, add to a blender or food processor.

-Blend on high, let cool for 5-7 minutes.

-After the mixture has slightly cooled, add two packets of gelatin and one packet of Stevia in the Raw to the blender.

-Blend until there are no clumps.

-Add to a flat baking sheet or tin.  (This was a very small batch, so I used a container)

-Add to refrigerator for one hour to firm.

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Once the gummy mixture has cooled, remove and star cutting out banana bears.

Choosing the right kinds of fruit snacks is tough. People hear the world “fruit” and automatically assume it “healthy”.

Most brands consist of: corn syrup, cane sugar, modified corn starch, citric acid, lactic acid, artificial flavor, oils, carnauba wax, sodium citrate, artificial and colors.

My fruit snacks (gummy bears) are all organic. I bought all my ingredients at Whole Foods and took the time to read everything on the labels.

Fruit snacks are better verses candy, but making homemade fruit snacks is the way to go.

Isn’t homemade everything the way to go now a days?

These gummy bears can be made in almost every flavor you can imagine. I’m tempted to try out chocolate raspberry and vanilla grape next. Just in case you are confused when choosing your own flavors.

Go buy this recipe formula:

  • 1 Cup Fresh Squeezed Fruit Juice
  • 2 Cups Fresh Fruit, 5 Packets (5 tbsp)
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 Packet Stevia (or tbsp honey).

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I have never skipped out on Valentines Day. I will make Valentines no matter how old I am. I plan on sending my kids off to school with the coolest custom made Valentines. (10 years from now).

This year was no different…

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For my valentines day goodies I used:

crayons, white hard stock paper, black pen, staples and mini bags.

I wanted to keep it budget friendly.

After decorating the cut up card stock, I stapled them together to close up the baggy.

This can be customized to any holiday, party or event. For St. Patty’s day, cut out lime flavored clovers and decorate the card with a rainbow and pot of gold!

For Halloween, make orange pumpkins!

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38 Comments

  1. Makaila Rodriguez

    February 22, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Hi Taralynn!

    I just wanted to say that I am so inspired by you and your totaly lifestyle change! This is something that I have struggled with my whole life, weight problems! I am currently trying to lose weight because I am going to audition to be a performer for Disney. I want to be a Disney Princess! How do you get started on something like this! I have always wanted to do this! 🙂

    Blessings!

    Makaila

    • Taralynn McNitt

      February 22, 2014 at 1:38 am

      That sounds like the coolest job in the world! That seems like great motivation for a healthy lifestyle too! Keep your goals and dreams in your mind and build a plan to get there! Find workouts that you love to do, healthy food you love to eat, and make it a lifestyle! Don’t get caught up in diets or short term weight loss goals! Keep it realistic and you’ll be successful!

  2. Kelly

    March 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Can I substitute sugar in the raw for the stevia in the raw? And if I doubled the banana bears recipe can I still only use one packet of sweetener? Love this idea! Thanks!

    • Taralynn McNitt

      March 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      I’m sure that would work out! It’s the gelatin that can’t be replaced! 🙂

      • Kelly

        March 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

        I tried 2 tsp of raw sugar in place of stevia in the strawberry orange recipe. They were still pretty tart. Will try honey next time. Also, mine stuck to the cookie sheet and I had try pry them off after cutting them out. Is there a trick to not making them stick? Thanks.

  3. Julie

    March 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    How do you store the final product? Does it need to be refrigerated? And do you know approximately how long they will keep? Thanks!

    • Taralynn McNitt

      March 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I kept mine refrigerated! but it lasts about 7 hours without refrigerated.

  4. Nate

    March 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Taralynn! So are those the calories per serving or per gummy bear?

    • Amelia

      August 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      That’s per serving of 20 gummy bears, I think. 🙂

  5. sarah

    March 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Tara,

    I was just curious where u got the little bear cut out?

    Thank,

    Sarah

  6. Nate

    March 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    are the calories per serving or per gummy bear?

  7. Hannah

    April 7, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I LOVE this!! I have an almost 3 year old who would love these!

  8. Kristen Russell

    April 20, 2014 at 1:03 am

    How thick were the gummy bears? / What size container did you put them in?

  9. Andrea

    April 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Hi! Can I use a plastic candy mold for these? And is there any need to spray the tray or the molds before pouring?

  10. Sandra

    May 11, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I live in Mexico and I have not been able to find mangosteen juice, what can I subtitute it with?

    • Taralynn McNitt

      May 11, 2014 at 3:50 am

      You can just omit it from the recipe:) It’ll turn out the same!

      • Sandra

        May 25, 2014 at 1:06 am

        How thick are the gummies? Because I’m making them next week and wanted to make sure I stuck to caloric content 🙂

  11. Ana

    May 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Would the nutrition facts change at all if I used agar instead of gelatin? I’m a vegan, so I can’t eat gelatin.

  12. Alexandra

    July 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    The boiling pot….am I missing what is in it (I’m assuming water) and how much?

  13. Airety

    December 13, 2014 at 4:06 am

    I don’t understand the boiling procedure. Do I bring the fruit to a boil or do I add it to water that is already boiling? And how much water?

  14. Franci

    February 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I have the same question as a few other people, how does the boiling part work? Do you add the mixture to water? How much water? This is so awesome!

  15. Julie

    February 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I was wondering the same thing about boiling. I would like to try this with my kids.

  16. kim hull

    February 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    These were so fun to make. I want to do a chocolate flavored one. Think I could? Suggestions anyone!?

  17. Mrs. Sal

    February 11, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I made these for my kindergarden class (with the parents permission) and they went nuts over them. I brought the pan in and let them cut out their own shapes! Thank you Taralynn for bringing fun and health into my classroom. You are going to be a great mom one day!

  18. kilee

    February 14, 2015 at 3:05 am

    My kids loved these!

  19. ca

    February 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I added mango to mine and they were so good

  20. danny

    February 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    nice

  21. silllybilly

    February 18, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I made these for valentines day with my boyfriend. We added vodka…shhhh

  22. Shunae Shelton

    February 25, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Just wondering if anyone has tried freezing these?

  23. gina

    April 23, 2015 at 4:00 am

    These were a hit!

  24. ace

    June 18, 2015 at 8:52 am

    so fun!

  25. lizelle

    June 30, 2015 at 12:30 am

    how much stevia is in the packet? can’t find the packages in canada.

  26. Sasiefox

    July 22, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I was just curious what the shelf life on these gummy bears were? Do they need to be refrigerated? I apologize if I missed that information in the article.

  27. Anonymous

    September 17, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Thank you for this recipe

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  29. Bev

    January 29, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you! Kids loved these

  30. Lindsay

    April 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Has she answered the boiling procedure. I feel dumb, but i am super confused by it. I am assuming there is water, but how much? Because if i add too much will it dilute my fruit. And the mangosteen wasn’t cheap i don’t want to waste any!!! Please someone have an answer and actually answer!

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