gummy bear squares

20 Jun

About a week ago I finally got my hands on some grass-fed gelatin, and I’ve made these gummy bear squares every single day since. They aren’t actually bears at all, seeing I haven’t been able to get my hands on a mini-bear cookie cutter. Nevertheless, my kids still call them gummy bears.

In all honesty, there’s a reason I haven’t posted the earlier. You see, the first few batches I made were just gross, inedible even. I put way too much gelatin in and the texture was downright disgusting. I brought them to Jeanne’s to see if I was being too picky and she literally had to spit it out.

So…

I’ve been obsessing over tweaking this recipe all week in hopes of making something not only edible, but delicious.

Here’s why: not only are we getting the benefits of organic fruits, but also grass-fed gelatin.  The benefits of this gelatin sort of took my by surprise. I knew it would be loaded with protein, but turns it its also great for joints, digestion and reducing cellulite.  You can find it HERE on Amazon (it’s a bit of an investment, but each container should last you a few months).

I guess it’s all about trial and error, because I now have a recipe we all love!

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NOURISHING GUMMY SQUARES

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup filtered water
2 cups chopped strawberries
2-3 tbs. honey or pure maple syrup (add even more if you don’t want tart gummies)
2 tablespoons gelatin

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DIRECTIONS
In a medium saucepan, add lime juice, and water. Bring to medium heat and then add strawberries.

Let this simmer together on low for 5-7 minutes until strawberries are softened.

Once strawberries are softened, remove pan from heat and add honey or maple syrup.  Mix and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Add mixture to a high speed blender or food processor and blend well. Once blended, add gelatin and pulse a few times to get it incorporated.

Oil a glass baking dish with coconut oil and pour in mixture.  The smaller the baking dish, the thicker the gummies.

Refrigerate for an hour and then slice up to eat.  Keeps in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

-Have a wonderful weekend-
Abby

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8 Responses to “gummy bear squares”

  1. Lindsay Bentley June 26, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    need to make these!!!

    • omamas June 26, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      Me, too, Lindsay! I just ordered the gelatin and am so excited to have a fun treat to take along on a road trip we have planned in a few weeks :) … jeanne

    • omamas June 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      I look forward to hearing the recipes you two come up with! -Abby

  2. Heather Dost July 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    At what point are you supposed to add the honey or maple syrup?

    • omamas July 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Wupps! I forgot to add that in. I updated the recipe. I add it once I remove the berries from the heat. :)

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