Apr 01 2017

Home Made Probiotics - Gummy Bears with Grass Fed Gelatin

Not only are they nutritious with gut-soothing, joint-strengthening and skin-boosting grass-fed gelatin, if you make these in fun shapes – like these Lego men (find the molds I used here) – they’re bound to be a hit with kids of all ages. Check out our popular Homemade Kombucha Gummies for an added probiotic benefit. Ingredients 1 cup chopped strawberries 1/2 cup chopped mango 1 cup kombucha, any flavor 4 Tablespoons NesProteins Grass Fed Gelatin Silicone candy molds or an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish Instructions Set your molds out ahead of time on a sheet tray. If you don’t have molds, you can pour the mixture into a greased baking dish and cut squares after it’s set. Puree the chopped strawberries and mango in a food processor or using an immersion blender. You should end up with about 1 cup of fruit puree. Add honey to sweeten. Set aside. In a small pot over low heat, warm the kombucha very gently. You only want to warm it enough to dissolve the gelatin but not kill the probiotics in the kombucha. Do not boil the kombucha. Whisk in the gelatin, 1 Tablespoon at a time. There will likely be some foam because of the kombucha carbonation. You can skim it off if you’d like. Now, whisk in the fruit puree until everything is mixed. Quickly fill the molds with the gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until set, usually 1–2 hours. Store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator and consume within 1–3 days. The gummies will lose water the longer they sit, making them chewier. Here are four must-follow tips for making these Homemade Gummy Snacks: If you want to use a mold, you’ll need to use more gelatin than the container of gelatin calls for. If you use less, the shapes won’t pop out of the molds cleanly. (However, if you’re using a square or rectangular baking dish to make your gummy snacks and cutting them into squares, you can get away with using less.) Do not use pineapple, mango or papaya juice unless you have boiled it first. These fruits all contain bromelain, an enzyme that denatures the gelatin protein. It won’t set. When you’re heating the juice, heat until very warm but not boiling. If the liquid is too hot, it will also denature the gelatin protein and your gummies won’t set. Add the gelatin powder to the warmed juice one tablespoon at a time by slowly pouring it in while whisking. This prevents clumping. Repeat until all the gelatin is added. You may create foam because you’re introducing air. If you want, you can just skim the foam off with a spoon before you pour the gelatin.