Gut Healthy Gummies

Gut Healthy Gummies

I am fairly new to gelatin, and have just begun to understand all the great health benefits of it.  When I was young, I could eat an entire bag of Haribo Gold gummy bears in one sitting.  My dad used to travel to Germany, where Haribo is produced, and would come home armed with loads of gummy bear gifts.  Back then I had no clue that gelatin was good for me.  Now, those gummies are high in sugar, so I do not eat them today, but boy were they good.  Instead I have experimented with many different methods of making my own homemade gummies.  I will admit this is an easy recipe, but it takes some time to get it right.  I adapted the recipe from www.elanaspantry.com/gummy-bears and instead of using stevia, I use grade b maple syrup.  Please take a look at her blog as she has many yummy paleo friendly recipes on her site.

The great thing about these little treats is that you can use whatever juice you like to flavor them.  For the picture above, I chose a veggie/fruit juice blend, but I also use my homemade elderberry syrup (see link below) for added immune support.  My kids love to snack on these gummies and I allow them several per day as I am totally comfortable with the ingredients list.  Enjoy!

Homemade Elderberry Syrup: http://megahealthymama.com/2014/01/homemade-elderberry-syrup/

A few health benefits of gelatin:

1.  Strengthening bones and joints

2. Strengthening nails

3. Improving hair quality

4. Improves digestion

Gut Healthy Gummies

1 cup organic juice

1 TBSP lemon juice

1 tsp grade b maple syrup

3 TBSP gelatin

In a small saucepan bring the juice to a boil.  Let cool 3 minutes then add lemon juice and maple syrup.  Gradually whisk in gelatin.  This is the important step as your gelatin will lump if you pour it too quickly or stop whisking.  Whisk until all the gelatin is dissolved.  Allow gelatin mixture to cool almost completely.  Pour into molds and refrigerate until solid.