Homemade Healthy Green Juice Gummy Bears πŸ₯’ πŸ‹ 🐻

Healthy Homemade Green Juice Gummy Bears, Sugar-Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Preservative Free, No Added Colors, or Artificial Flavoring.Β 

No matter how old I get, I’ll never turnΒ down a gummy bear.

I don’t know if it’s the chewy texture and fruity flavors that I love, or if it’s the nostalgia of being a kid that comes along with each bite.
About five years ago, I made some pretty healthy gummy bears on my blog. They ended up being a huge hit, but I think these green juice gummy bears are even better. Why? Well, they’re less work, take about fifteen minutes to make, they’re gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar-free, nut free, and paleo friendly. I’ve also decided to try out Vital Proteins this time, and I feel like it made a huge difference in the texture. Vital Proteins (tasteless) beef gelatin is a 100% pure collagen protein dietary supplement. It’s so good for your hair, skin, nails, your joints, and can improve your gut health. Instead of indulging in sugary gummy bears, these healthy alternatives are high in protein! They’ll add a punch of nutrients while giving you the candy fix.Β 

If you have kids, this would be such a fun activity and recipe to make with them! It’s a great way to get them to eat their fruits and vegetables too!
I found the cutest little inexpensive gummy bear molds online. If you don’t have molds or want to make these asap, you can just pour the mixture into any bowl or dish, and cut them into squares once they’ve chilled.

Let’s get to the juice.

You do not have to do green juice or follow my juice recipe. And if you don’t have a juicer, you can also purchase juice at the store for these. This recipe will work with any liquid.

I decided to stick with my go-to green juice recipe. I used lemons, green apples, kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, and a lot of ginger!
Once you’ve juiced all of your fruits and vegetables, you’ll want to remove the foamy layer off the top. But, don’t waste it! Add it to a different cup and drink it. That foamy layer has a ton of nutrients, and if you used a lot of ginger, it’ll have a nice kick to it! I think that was my favorite part.

Add one cup of the fresh juice to a pot, and another cup in a separate bowl.
Add seven tablespoons of the gelatinΒ to the cup, mix well, and set aside.Β 
The gelatin and the green juice will start to thicken. While that’s happening, heat the green juice in the pot on a medium heat. You don’t want it hot enough to boil, but hot enough where you can see the steam coming from the green juice.Β 
Turn off the heat, and mix in the cold gelatin and juice mixture.Β 
Continue to mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved, and stir in honey and spirulina (optional.)Β 
Fill the gummy bear molds.Β 
Refrigerate for about 10-13 minutes. I was shocked at how fast they became firm.Β 
The gummy bears will pop right out of the molds!Β 
Store them in the refrigerator.

You don’t have to have any self-control with these gummy bears. I was eating them by the handful. No shame πŸ™‚

They tasted just like green juice in the form of a gummy bear! I loved them πŸ™‚

 

5 from 4 votes
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Healthy Homemade Green Juice Gummy Bears

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Author Taralynn McNitt

Ingredients

  • 2 Small Lemons
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 2 Cups Kale
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 3 Inches Ginger
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 1 Tsp Spirulina
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 7 Tbsps Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin

Instructions

  1. Juice your fruits and vegetables. Remove the foam layer from the top of your juice. 

  2. Add one cup of juice to a saucepan, and set aside an additional cup of juice. 

  3. Stir the gelatin into the cup of juice (that is not in the saucepan) Mix well, and set aside. 

  4. Heat the juice in the saucepan over medium heat until the juice starts to steam. Do not bring the juice to a boil. 

  5. Add the gelatin and juice mixture to saucepan with the warm juice. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and no lumps remain. 

    Mix in the honey. 

  6. Fill molds with the mixture. 

    Refrigerate until firm. (about 10-13 minutes)

    Store in the refrigerator. 

Questions for you!

  1. Have you ever made homemade gummy bears?
  2. What flavor should I make next?
  3. Ginger or no ginger?

Comments

  • Jenna Siverson

    Hey Taralynn,

    I tried out this recipe last night and the gummy bears have not set at all and they’ve been in the fridge all night! I’m wondering if you have any tips?!? We used vital proteins like you and bought fresh juice from Whole Foods so I’m not sure why it didn’t work. Let me know if you could πŸ™‚

    Reply to Jenna Siverson
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jenna!

      Did you buy the vital proteins beef gelatin?

      These won’t work with their regular collagen.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
      • Anonymous

        Yup! Vital Proteins Beef Gelatine!

        Reply to Anonymous
        • Taralynn McNitt

          And you did 2 cups of liquid + 6 scoops of gelatin?

          low heat not boiling?

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          • Anonymous

            Sorry for the second post – the only thing that comes to my mind is that I added the gelatin to the non-saucepan cup of liquid and it totally solidified before the saucepan cup of liquid started to steam. Should I add the gelatin immediately before adding it to the warm liquid?! The recipe tastes really delicious and I’m excited about the healthy alternative!! Hopefully it’s just operator error πŸ™‚

            Reply to Anonymous
            • Jenna

              I figured it out! I ended up combining 1/2 cup juice, 2 tablespoons gelatin, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan and heated until steaming then added to my molds. It worked great!!! That amount made 150 mini-gummy bears which I calculated have 1 gram of protein per 7.5 bears. Thanks for the recipe Taralynn!!!

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  • Casandra

    Gummy bears and gummy fruit snacks are my absolute favorite and always in my house. My son loves them as much as I do. I’m excited to try these out and get some extra goodness in his diet and not have to bribe him with actual fruit snacks to eat healthier things. What is the shelf life on these in the fridge? If I wanted to make bulk batches.

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  • Jolee

    Hey, Tara! Do you know how these compare calorie-wise to your average gummy bear? Also, you specifically mentioned these particular gummies are nut and dairy-free; I admit I sometimes assume things about the food I eat, but do most gummy bears have those things? I generally try to avoid dairy, but I didn’t think gummies were something I needed to check!

    Reply to Jolee
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jolee!

      I didn’t add the nutrition facts because I don’t know the exact numbers in the juice I make. But the comparison to store-bought gummy bears is significant. LOTS of protein in these ones.

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  • Liv

    Do you have any recommendations for a vegan alternative to the gelatin?

    Love this idea of healthy gummy bears, and always love your blog!!

    Reply to Liv
  • Ana Balsano

    Do we have to use a juicer? Can we mix it in a nutribullet? Maybe add more lemon for a liquid consistency? I don’t have a juicer, but I would like to try these!

    Reply to Ana Balsano
  • Katie Mondulick

    Awhh yum these look delicious! I’m a big fan of gummy bears myself!! I need to try these ASAP! Such a fun and creative way to get those greens in! I bet moms would love this recipe for their kiddos πŸ˜‰
    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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  • Anonymous

    Awhhh those look amazing! I too loveeeee gummy bears! They are one of my favorite candies – this looks soo good. I need to give it a try asap.! Have a good weekend girl!!

    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

    Reply to Anonymous
  • Charnze

    I’ve never made homemade gummies- but now I’m planning to make some with my friend’s kids in a few weeks! Yay! We’ll probably do mango lemon and watermelon. Their favorite flavors. But I may need to make myself some ginger gummies. I wonder how much ginger I’d need to juice? πŸ˜‚

    Reply to Charnze
  • Meghan

    Gummy bears are seriously a weakness for me! I just can’t resist them, especially the pineapple ones. Who knew they were so easy to make! I haven’t juiced in awhile, but I’ll have to bust out the juicer one weekend to make these!

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  • Lia

    What’s the calorie count looking for these?

    Reply to Lia
  • Rachel @ Better LIVIN

    This AWESOME!!!!!!! I am going to do this for myself and my little when he’s old enough to eat solid foods. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Reply to Rachel @ Better LIVIN
  • Linda @ the Fitty

    Would you say they are chewy as Gummy Bears? I question the chewiness of gelatin.

    Reply to Linda @ the Fitty
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    This is so creative, I’ve never seen a healthy gummy bear recipe before! πŸ™‚ I’m not really a big fan of gummy bears (I don’t like candy and never did, I much prefer chocolate), but I know a LOT of people who’d love this recipe! πŸ˜€

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Reply to Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
  • Chelsea

    Could you add stevia or Splenda? Would you add before you put it on the stove or after? I wonder if it would affect the β€œsetting” of the gelatin! πŸ’š love it!

    Reply to Chelsea

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