February 20, 2015

Healthy Gummies for Cold, Sleep, and Flu

Healthy AND gummies in the same sentence? I kid you not! I would never kid about delicious candy. 

I stumbled across this recipe and had to try it. My love for gummies is relentless, and if I could make my own that taste good and are actually good for me, then I had to try this. Plus, there aren't that many ingredients, seems like a win win :)

I know this is a cop out, but I'm not going to post a step by step or go into detail about why each ingredient is so awesome...instead I will redirect you to Real Food RN for their awesome details and tutorial (with pictures!). 

I really just wanted to post this to tell you my quick 'review' on this recipe. Now I've only made the elderberry syrup and these gummies tonight (literally an hour ago), so I can't comment as to their effectiveness, but this recipe is easy to make, and these gummies are quite addicting. They aren't as ridiculously sweet as normal 'candy' gummies, but still addicting and tasty. I would definitely say a great alternative if you're trying to indulge your sweet tooth, yet stay healthy at the same time.

I gave one to my hubby for his seal of approval (he turns up his nose at healthy stuff because it tastes all strange to him), after taking a bite and making a funny face, the funny face disappeared and out of his mouth was uttered "not bad!" and then he proceeded to gobble down the rest of the gummy. 

As I said, there aren't many ingredients, and I found all the ingredients at Community Natural Foods in my area. Total cost of ingredients (tart cherry juice, elderberries, cloves, gelatin - already had raw honey, ginger, and cinnamon) came to $20, I've made one recipe of elderberry syrup and one recipe of gummies, and have enough left for probably 4-7 more gummy recipes. So without doing the actual math in my brain, seems like it's a reasonable price to pay for healthy gummies that are addicting with good-for-you ingredients :)

  • 1 1/4 cup tart cherry juice
  • 4 Tbsp gelatin
  • 1/4 cup Elderberry syrup
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey

  • Heat ½ cup cherry juice until bubbling.
  • In a glass jar, combine gelatin and heated juice, stir briskly to dissolve gelatin.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the remainder of the ingredients and whisk until well combined (do NOT use honey in this recipe if you plan on sharing these gummies with anyone under 1 year of age).
  • Pour into molds and let set in refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.

Click here for a PDF of this recipe.

Hope you enjoy, I know I did!

Happy gummy making!