These Paleo Gummies couldn’t be easier to make! The three flavors, Pomegranate, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange, are flavored with fruit juice and made with gut-healing gelatin for a superfood boost. You can use any flavor of fruit juice you’d like to customize these to your tastes, too! This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins.
I can’t deal with any chit chat today because LOOK guys, I made homemade and healthy gummy bears!!!
I love making healthier versions of my favorite candies (see my Twix Bars and Peanut Butter Cups), but until now, I haven’t ventured into fruity candies. That’s a shame, because fruity candies are some of my favorites.
Luckily, these homemade paleo gummies are way easier to make than I ever imagined. So many flavors of gummy candy are in my future, and I have a bag of citric acid on order from Amazon to figure out to make some sour candies too.
But first, let’s stick with the classic fruit gummies! These are so easy to make, I could barely believe it. For the basic fruit gummy, you really just need two things: fruit juice and gelatin. If you want them a little flavor boost, maybe you’ll add some sweetener or extracts, too, but first let’s talk about the basics. Because they’re so simple, you need the best quality of both ingredients.
I used all 100% pure juices with no sugar added or anything, and I used Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin. I adore Vital Proteins products because I know they are the highest quality! The gelatin comes from pasture raised, grass-fed beef, and it is SO good for you. Gelatin is a total superfood – it’s very healing for our immune systems and gut health, and it’s 100% pure collagen, which is wonderful for making our hair, skin, and nails look shiny and beautiful.
To make the gummies, the juice is heated until almost boiling along with the sweetener – I used honey for the pomegranate and cranberry orange gummies, and maple syrup for the apple cinnamon gummy. As soon as the juice is steaming hot, the heat is turned to the lowest setting and any extracts are stirred in. Out of the flavors I made, only the apple cinnamon uses an extract – cinnamon extract for that spicy cinnamon flavor.
Then, whisk in the gelatin one tablespoon at a time, letting it dissolve, before dividing the liquid into the molds. I made these into cute little gummy bears, obviously, using this gummy bear mold. It came with a dropper, which made things super quick and easy.
You can use whatever kind of candy mold you’d like, but I’d recommend silicone so they pop out easily. If you don’t care about cute shapes, you can also just pour them into a loaf pan or 8×8″ pan and cut them into gummy cubes once set.
These cute paleo gummies couldn’t be easier – just three to four ingredients, and they’re a candy with health benefits! They’re super delicious, too – the fruit flavor is super pure, and they’re infinitely customizable to suit your tastes. My favorite was the tart pomegranate, but the spice of the apple cinnamon was also irresistible, and the cranberry orange combo is a holiday classic.
The recipe for each flavor makes 200 gummy bears, for a total of 600 gummies. That’s based on the size of my gummy bear mold – your yield might vary a bit. You can keep them all for yourself, or wrap them up in cute jars and give them to your favorite people. Enjoy!
Remember to #bakerita if you try the recipe!
Paleo Gummies (Three Flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pomegranate + Cranberry Orange)
- 1 cup pure apple juice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon extract*
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin
- In a small saucepan, combine the juice and the maple syrup or honey and heat over medium heat until steaming hot (just before boiling).
- Lower the heat to the lowest setting and if using, stir in the cinnamon extract. Whisk in the gelatin one tablespoon at a time, making sure each tablespoon is fully dissolved in the liquid before adding the next.
- Once the gelatin is fully dissolved, remove from the heat and use a dropper to put in your gummy molds.
- Put in the refrigerator to firm up completely - if your molds are small like my gummy bears, it should only take about 10 to 15 minutes for them to firm up enough to pop out.
- If you don’t have enough molds to use all the gummy mixture at once, you can pour the extra into a small pan and cut them into squares, OR you can gently reheat/melt the mixture over low heat when your molds are empty and ready to be used again (I did the second option).
- Store the gummies in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Repeat for other flavors!
*Different brands of cinnamon extract can vary in strength. This amount of the extract I used provided a slightly spicy cinnamon flavor. I'd recommend starting with about 3/4 tablespoon, tasting it, and then adding more to your tastes. If you're using pure cinnamon oil, it will be a lot stronger - start with just 1 teaspoon and add to taste.