I have been reading labels like a crazy Momma for the past year and it is really shocking the amount of sugar contained in the normal store bought jellies. Even the ones that advertise themselves as a healthier, natural option are still packed with corn syrup, sugar and glucose – 17g of sugar in one bag, that is more than a child’s recommended amount of sugar for an entire day! (3 teaspoons or 12g is recommended by the WHO) – So, all week I have been mixing and experimenting on creating the healthiest jelly I could possibly make. A jelly I would encourage my kids to eat. This was met with ‘you WANT us to eat sweets?’…..
These little treats are made using only fresh fruit, some vanilla, lemon and gelatine (my new obsession). I use grass fed gelatin which I buy on Amazon. Its a large tub and will last you ages.
The benefits of gelatin are immense. It is a rich source of collagen which makes for beautiful skin, shiny hair and strong nails (great for grownups). It is also really good for gut health as it promotes healthy digestion.
I made quite a few flavours of these jellies over the past week. Combinations of beetroot and berries, carrot and orange and I will post a few more recipes soon. These two however, have been the best yet! I wanted them to be completely added sugar free, so not even a smidgen of maple syrup was allowed. The mango was definitely our favourite as they are naturally really sweet and delicious. Even after I made them though something was lacking and they just didn’t have that zingy taste of the jellies I love. So, back to researching labels and once I added some citric acid (lemon juice) they were amazing!
These little gummies are not as chewy as the regular kind so they are perfect for little babies. Besides all the great benefits of gelatin they are also loaded in vitamin C which helps ward of colds and are also a great source of dietary fibre. Mangos are a rich source of vitamin A while blackberries are high in antioxidants.
If you are vegetarian and want an alternative you can use Agar which comes from seaweed. It is found in most health foods stores. I have added instructions for cooking with Agar below :)))
Aileen and Oscar xoxo
Note: These gummy bears should not replace eating fresh fruit and veggies 🙂