Strawberry fruit snacks for the win! These easy, homemade treats are a hit with moms and kids alike. They’re 100% paleo, GAPS-friendly, and full of vitamins and minerals!
Homemade is better.
Have you ever made your own fruit snacks? I had never even bought the regular kind for my kiddos, but they’d been exposed to them at Sunday school and such, and loved them. After a quick look at the ingredients at the store-bought varieties, I knew I couldn’t feed them to my kids.
“Fruit puree, corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, gelatin, concord grape juice from concentrate, citric acid, lactic acid, natural and artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, alpha tocopherol acetate, vitamin A palmitate, sodium citrate, coconut oil, carnauba wax, annatto, turmeric, red 40, and blue 1.”
So I set out to make my own.
After my first successful batch I posted this photo of my daughter lovingly holding our homemade fruit snacks on Facebook. The pic seemed to be almost as big of a hit with my friends as the fruit snacks were with my kids, so I decided that was a sign they should be on the blog.
Strawberry Fruit Snacks.
These little homemade fruit snacks are very, very easy to make. All you need is a blender, a pot, and a baking dish. If you wanna get fancy you can put them in these cute little animal molds that my kiddos love.
Please note that in the recipe I say to use fresh strawberries. I’ve tried using frozen ones and that just seizes up the gelatin and gives the fruit snacks a funky texture. Not great. If you only have frozen ones on hand, thoroughly thaw them out first!
There are a couple different gelatins that I love. Both from grass-fed cattle, and non-GMO. Perfect Supplements gelatin is my favorite, but I do use Great Lakes as well, if I’m in a pinch. 🙂
More fruity goodness!
If you love these homemade strawberry fruit snacks, let me know! Then try some of my family’s other favorite fruit snacks and gummies…
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Easy Strawberry Fruit Snacks
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
2/3 cup plain water kefir, water, or no sugar-added juice
2/3 cup pureed fresh strawberries (about 6 large whole ones)
4 tablespoons kosher, non-GMO gelatin (I use this kind)
Pour kefir/juice into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Let it soak for a few minutes, then heat over medium-low heat until gelatin is melted.
While the gelatin soaks, wash strawberries and place in blender. (I didn’t bother taking the leaves off, I’m sure there’s something good for you in them.)
Add juice/gelatin mixture. Puree until smooth.
Pour into 9×9 inch baking dish or molds and refrigerate until firm.
Cut into tiny squares. Store in the fridge (if you can keep from eating them all at once, that is).
These look awesome Raia! Please share with us! Please linkup any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you'd like! Enjoy the harvest!
Thanks, Lindsey! 🙂
Awesome! Seems easy enough. My son loves fruit snacks, of course. 🙂
I hope he likes these, Eva! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
I’m really excited to try this!! Would this recipe work with thawed frozen strawberries?
I’m sure it would work, Staci, since you puree them anyway. 🙂 They might have a little more liquid, though. I hope you enjoy them!
Great, thank you!!! I think I’ll try this weekend 🙂
Very good recipe, I did it a couple of times, became one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!
I’m so glad you enjoy it, Meg! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂