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.

Dessert.

 

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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.

ginger lemon gummies

Healing Ginger Lemon Gummies from Raia’s Recipes

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.

Fruit. 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!

Sweeteners. 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.

Gelatin. 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. 

Molds. 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…

Enjoy!

strawberry fruit snacks from raiasrecipes.com

Easy Strawberry Fruit Snacks from Raia’s Recipes

Homemade Fruit Snacks.

Apple Cider Fruit Snacks – These apple cider fruit snacks from Intoxicated On Life are a delicious way to get nutrients into kids and parents alike! Sweetened with honey and perfectly spiced, they’re a delicious snack.

Banana Creme Fruit Snacks – With only a few ingredients, these banana creme fruit snacks from Delicious Obsessions are a healthy and delicious treat! They’re easy, paleo, and only sweetened with fruit!

Cranberry Kefir Fruit Snacks – Tart and tasty, these cranberry kefir fruit snacks are a delicious way to get some much-needed nutrients in to kiddos… or parents!

Easy Strawberry Fruit Snacks – 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!

Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks (with veggies!) – These healthy homemade fruit snacks from Dessert for Two have hidden veggies inside. Definitely a win for mom here!

Honey Orange Fruit Snacks – Naturally healthy and bursting with orange flavor, these honey-sweetened orange fruit snacks from Delicious Obsessions will be a hit with kids and parents alike!

Strawberry Orange Fruit Snacks – Looking for a wonderful naturally sweetened gummy bears recipe? You are going to love this recipe for strawberry orange healthy homemade fruit snacks from Little House Living.

Tropical Orange Fruit Snacks – These tasty fruit snacks from Allergy Free Alaska contain real fruit juice and other natural ingredients. As a result, they have less sugar than their conventional counterparts, which should make every parent jump for joy!

Gummies

Blueberry Sour Gummies from What Great Grandma Ate

Healthy Homemade Gummies & Bears.

3-Ingredient Bedtime Gummies – With three simple ingredients, these bedtime gummies from Prepare & Nourish are sweetened with raw honey for extra nutrition and are overall a great paleo and GAPS treat.

3-Ingredient Coconut Orange Gummies – Fun and tasty, these easy 3-ingredient coconut orange gummies are a wonderful way to pack some protein and vitamins into your snack time!

Berry Blaster Gummy BearsThese gut-healthy, homemade elderberry gummies from Fit As A Mama Bear are a staple during cold season. The elderberry syrup is flavored with acai powder, raw honey and contains no artificial fruit juices.

Blueberry & Lemon Gummies – These healthy homemade gummies from Food Love Nourish are made with real fruit with three delicious flavors! They make a great healthy snack and contain no added sugar.

Blueberry Sour GummiesThese AIP and paleo blueberry sour gummies from What Great Grandma Are are made with grass-fed gelatin, making them a healthy, gut-healing treat. You won’t believe how easy they are to make!

Concord Grape GummiesThese healthy concord grape bummies from Recipes to Nourish are made from sweet concord grapes and grass-fed gelatin. They’re a delicious alternative to store-bought fruit snacks!

Gummies

Homemade Gummies from Whole New Mom

GAPS Intro Gummies in 3 Flavors – This gummy snack from Eat Beautiful is simply a gelatinized version of tea: ginger, fennel or mint — so super gentle and easy to make, but yummy and fun.

Ginger Honey Gummy Snacks – Kids clamor for these ginger honey gummy snacks from Love/Love Thing night and day. If you’re on the GAPS Intro and you’re looking for a nice way to get in more ginger and gelatin, then consider whipping these up.

Grapefruit Gummies – Full of vitamin C and probiotic goodness, these little paleo homemade Grapefruit Gummies are a healthy choice for snack time!

Gummy Legos – Gummy lego candy from Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen is a great party favor and home-made gift for kids. Gummies made from real fruits and quality gelatin can be very healthy for the gut, skin, joints, hair and nail.

Healing Ginger Lemon Gummies – These healing ginger lemon gummies are a fun way to nourish kids and parents alike! With only a few simple ingredients, they’re safe for paleo and GAPS diets, with options making them GAPS Intro friendly and low-carb, too!

Healthy Probiotic GummiesThis gummy candy recipe from Small Footprint Family is low in sugar with the nutrition of real fruit and full-fat coconut milk, plus the gut healing benefits of grass-fed gelatin and probiotics.

Homemade Gummies with Fun VariationsMaking homemade gummies using healthy fruits, juices, non-dairy milks, or even kombucha is a fun activity for kids and a healthy alternative to commercial candies for people of any age. You kids will love these gummies from Oh the Things We’ll Make!

gummy legos from yangs nourishing kitchen

Gummy Legos from Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen

Homemade GummiesThese homemade gummies from Whole New Mom are super fun and easy to make and so much healthier than the store-bought gummy snacks. You’ll love serving these loaded with good nutrition treats that are so good for gut health and a great source of protein too.

Immune-Boosting Elderberry Gummies – Loaded with Vitamin C and nourishing gelatin, sweetened with raw honey, kids love to snack on these elderberry gummies from Traditional Cooking School throughout the winter and fall!

Kombucha Lemon Gummies – Nourishing and full of probiotics, these paleo and refined-sugar free kombucha lemon gummies are the perfect healthy treat!

Lemon Elderberry GummiesHelp ward off the back-to-school illnesses with a fun, fruity treat. Lemon elderberry gummies from Just Take A Bite not only taste great, they are good for you!

Mango & Cream GummiesThese mango and cream gummies from Prepare & Nourish are a gut-healing, refined sugar-free, and an overall healthy treat that your whole family will love. It’s a simple paleo and GAPS candy that takes 20 minutes to make.

coconut orange gummies

Coconut Orange Gummies from Raia’s Recipes

Pomegranate Gelatin GummiesEasy to make pomegranate gummies from The Organic Kitchen taste so good! This recipe includes instructions on making your own pomegranate juice to use.

Pumpkin Pie GummiesIf you love pumpkin pie, these little pumpkin pie gummies are for you! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, they’re the perfect treat for fall!

Rose Petal GummiesRoses are an edible flower, perfect for making these beautiful and healthy rose petal gummies from Oh the Things We’ll Make.

Strawberry Banana Gummies – These treats from Common Sense Home are naturally sweetened and easy to make. You can pour them into a 9×9 glass baking dish, and then slice them into cubes for serving.

Sugar-Free Gummy Bears – 4 Flavors – Learn the extra quick and easy way to make sugar-free gummy bears from Low Carb No Carb.

Vitamin C Gummies – These immune-boosting vitamin c gummies from Traditional Cooking School are made with whole-food vitamin c in the form of acerola powder. No synthetic vitamin c here!

fruit roll ups

Easy Strawberry Fruit Leather from Wicked Spatula

Homemade Fruit Leathers & Roll-Ups

Blueberry Fruit Leather – Most fruit leathers sold in stores contain added sugar or fruit juice. This homemade blueberry fruit leather recipe from Low Carb Yum is sweetened with low-carb stevia or monk fruit. So it’s a much better healthy snack for you!

Easy Strawberry Fruit Leather – Learn how to make fruit leather in the oven with just 3 ingredients! This easy homemade fruit leather recipe from the Wicked Spatula has options for strawberry fruit leather or other fruits of your choice.

Homemade Fruit Leather – These fruit leathers from Every Day Full are not only easy, but they’re made with virtually no out-of-pocket cost!

Rhubarb Leather – Homemade fruit leather is not only simple to make, it’s SO much healthier and cheaper than store-bought. This homemade fruit leather recipe from Healthy Green Savvy is extra-special because it uses rhubarb, which is actually a vegetable.

Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups – Make your own strawberry fruit roll-ups from Served From Scratch with just a couple of ingredients! It’s the perfect fun, from-scratch treat for the kids!

Winter Squash Fruit Leather Sweetened lightly, winter squash “fruit” leather from Eat Beautiful is paleo, vegan, GAPS and AIP friendly. And since everyone loves pumpkin, it’s a healthy and popular snack or lunch food.

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