Creating the recipe for these fruit snacks has been a labour of love! I've been trying various recipes and experimenting with ingredients to achieve the (delicate) balance between flavour and health benefits. And I think I've done it!
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I first started using collagen strictly for the beauty benefits! I had read that collagen helps to improve skin elasticity, smoothness and firmness - uh, hello, more youthful looking skin- I was on board! I also read how incredible collagen was for glossy-looking hair and healthier, stronger nails. Collagen was sounding more and more like the ultimate beauty supplement for me.
And then I read about its high protein content as well, so it became a staple in my morning smoothies.
Last month, I visited the Impact Kitchen in Toronto and tried their collagen gummies which were sooo good that I immediately knew I'd try to replicate them. I thought it was such a fun way to get more collegen/gelatin into my diet. So I got to work on recipe development.
Other health benefits of gelatin:
- joint pain/discomfort
- bone/joint health
- improved concentration
- increased energy
- reduced appearance of cellulite
- easy to digest
I opt for Great Lakes brand of collagen/gelatin because it's high quality, derived from grass-fed, pasture raised cows. You can read more here.
When I first started to experiment with these fruit snacks, I was using the silicone molds pictured above (the gummy bear molds). Truthfully, I found them a little tricky to work with because they were so small. It made it difficult to pour the mixture into the molds and easily transfer it to the fridge because the mold itself lacked structure - again, probably due to the size. I would suggest using a dropper if you plan on using something similar.
These are the molds that I ended up using for this recipe:
I liked them much better for a few reasons. It was easier to pour the mixture into the molds and to transfer them to the refrigerator. I also found the gummies looked aesthetically pleasing and more impressive in these molds.
Yields approx. 30 gummies
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup organic frozen fruit of choice, thawed (I made one batch with mango and another using strawberries)
1/4 cup gelatin (I buy mine from amazon.ca)
1.5 Tbsp raw honey (optional)
1-2 silicone molds (I used these ones)
- In a blender or food processor, puree 1 cup fruit with lemon and orange juice until smooth.
- Gently warm mixture in a pot over low heat (don't boil). When mixture feels warm to the touch, slowly add in gelatin, whisking until dissolved (careful not to add the gelatin all at once - it will clump and be much more difficult to incorporate).
- Stir in raw honey at the very end and remove from heat.
- Using a dropper (if your molds are very small) or a small mixing cup with a spout, very carefully pour your mixture into the molds and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Once set, pop your gummies out of the molds and enjoy!