My daughter is approaching school age, and consequently she is more frequently encountering kids who don’t have food sensitivities and who don’t eat the way that we do.
From Lunchables, to bottles of rainbow-colored sugar water, to packages of 20-ingredient cookies and pastries, a lot of today’s kids eat little more than highly processed, artificially colored junk all day. This “food” is not only nutritionally bankrupt and full of GMOs and other scary additives, but it’s also packed with allergens that can make those with food sensitivities quite sick.
To my five-year-old, it looks like a smorgasbord of brightly colored, cartoon endorsed, sweet-smelling temptation.
Sigh. What’s a mother to do?
Little ones hate being left out. So, I set out to make an additive-free, healthier alternative that my daughter could enjoy while her neighborhood friends were eating their FD&C Yellow No. 5-laden gummy fish (ew).
What I ended up with was a guilt-free gummy candy recipe that is Paleo-friendly and GAPS legal, and relatively low in sugar — or you can use stevia to sweeten it. These candies also have the nutritional goodness of real fruit and full-fat coconut milk for growing bodies, plus the gut-healing benefits of gelatin and probiotics.
High quality gelatin not only contains amino acids and colloids that can improve digestion and nourish your intestinal lining, it is also high in amino acids and proteins which can feed and strengthen your skin, hair, nails, and joints.
We make a point of using a high-quality gelatin from pasture-raised cows that have never received hormones or antibiotics, to get the most out of this nutritious ingredient.
For this recipe (see the next page), you can use any fruit that you have on hand, or use some leftover smoothie (if you use leftover green smoothie, you can even sneak some veggies into your candy! Imagine that!).
These candies turned out so delicious that my whole family can’t get enough of them now. They are so easy to make, so I don’t mind obliging them!
For more information, please visit www.smallfootprintfamily.com/probiotic-gummy-candy-recipe.
HOMEMADE probiotic GUMMY CANDIES
By Dawn Gifford | Small Footprint Family
This gummy candy recipe 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.
1 cup full-fat coconut milk (don’t use drinking/cereal coconut milks they are too thin)
1 cup fruit purée or leftover smoothie
½ -1 cup honey or maple syrup or 40-50 drops of liquid stevia, to taste
½ cup unflavored, grass-fed gelatin
Pinch sea salt
8-10 probiotic capsules or a Tbsp. of yogurt starter culture (optional)
1 Tbsp. vanilla or other flavored extract (optional)
Natural food coloring like beet juice, blueberry juice, etc. (optional)
- In a saucepan, heat the coconut milk, sweetener, and salt until blended. Bring to just below a boil.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the top of the hot mixture a little at a time, and whisk in until thoroughly dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool down to about 105-110˚ F. This is important because you don’t want to kill the probiotics.
- Once the mixture has cooled, thoroughly mix in the fruit purée/smoothie, vanilla extract, probiotics, and food coloring, if using.
- Pour into candy molds or a cake pan and refrigerate about 30 minutes to an hour, until solid.
- Remove candy from molds or cut into small squares and store in a jar in the fridge.
- Silicone candy molds or an 8×8 cake pan
- Candy or cooking thermometer