Keeping your kids away from sugars and dies? No need to go without fun snacks! Here are 30 delicious recipes for healthy homemade fruit snacks, gummy bears, and fruit roll-ups to stick your kid’s lunch box!
A childhood favorite.
Growing up my mom was pretty particular about the food she fed her family. While all my friends were getting lunchables and fruit snacks, I was eating homemade wheat bread with cucumbers and alfalfa sprouts on it. Not that I minded. I love(d) veggie sammiches. But I also love(d) fruit snacks….
I don’t think there was ever a time when my mom produced a little pack of fruit snack for me or my little brother, but whenever we’d get them at a friend’s house they were such a treat! We treasured them just as much as our weekly allotted piece of dessert.
Because that’s basically what they were.
Gummy Legos from Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen
There’s what in my fruit snacks?
That’s right, my friends. If you were under the assumption that those little store-bought packs of fruit snack were a healthy snack for your kiddos I’m sorry to break it to you, but they’re not. Just take a look at the ingredients in these popular Dora the Explorer ones:
“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.”
In other words: fruit, sugar, sugar, corn, gelatin, artificial vitamins, artificial flavors, coconut oil (?!), turmeric (?!), food coloring… Um… nah. I’ll make my own thanks.
Tropical Orange Fruit Snacks from Allergy Free Alaska
A healthier option.
I’m assuming that if you’re here, you’re going to do the same. And why not? Fruit snacks are pretty dang easy to make! Most of these recipes only contain a few ingredients. And if you’re already a whole-foods kinda person, you probably have them in your pantry already.
First off, homemade fruit snacks and gummy bears start with a good quality fruit or fruit juice. Strawberry, blueberry, and citrus are popular flavors, but there are a couple of squash ones sneaked in here as well!
Next, a healthy sweetener is optional. I always use honey in my fruit snacks and gummies when I think the recipe needs a little extra sweetening. If you’re trying to keep things lower on the carbs, stevia is my second choice. All of these recipes are either sweetened with only fruit, honey, or stevia. I like the organic stevia from Trader Joes, but SweetLeaf, NOW Foods, and NuNaturals are quality, too.
And last up, though definitely not the least important, is a good quality gelatin. I love using Perfect Supplements gelatin because from grass-fed cattle, making it kosher, non-GMO, and of course 100% gluten-free.
Now, you can totally make your fruit snacks in a loaf pan or 9×9 inch dish and cut them out. No biggie. But if your kids are anything like mine, they’re gonna want the fun and fancy shapes! Here are some fun candy molds my kids love that work for great for gummies!
30 Homemade Fruit Snacks & Gummy Bears.
Got all your ingredients and equipment ready? Let’s dig in to the recipes! Whether you’re looking for fancy gummy bears, homemade fruit leathers, or just plain fruit snacks, everything you need is here…
Kombucha Lemon Gummies from Raia’s Recipes
Blueberry Sour Gummies from What Great Grandma Ate
Healthy Gummies & Bears.
Homemade Gummies from Whole New Mom
Easy Strawberry Fruit Leather from Wicked Spatula