I’ve had an unnatural fondness for fruit snacks for as long as I can remember. Seriously, even when I was still a kid and it was normal to like fruit snacks, I still managed to take it to an extreme level. I had a favorite brand at the grocery store and I would make my parents buy literally every box the store had in stock when we went shopping.
That said, I eventually gave up fruit snacks because it’s pretty much impossible to find them without corn syrup and crazy additives! It’s been years since I’ve had any. Lately, I’ve been contemplating a way to make them myself, but healthier.
Obviously, the first thing I had to find was healthy, all-natural juices for a base. I chose California-based Evolution Fresh juices as the star of recipe, but you can use any natural juice without added high fructose corn syrup. Look for a juice that is cold-pressed to keep in the nutrients and make sure you read nutrition labels to make sure your juice doesn’t have too much added sugar.
For my fruit snacks, I used the organic grapefruit, organic spicy lemonade, organic strawberry lemonade and cold-pressed smooth greens. The final product is delicious, healthy, great on the go and most importantly – satisfies my bulk-fruit snack buying much younger self.
I experimented with pouring the mixture into bread pans as well as silicone chocolate molds and either works just fine! Really you can put them in any container you have lying around. Given how well the fruit snacks made in silicone molds turned out, I think the next time I make these I might add a little booze and serve them as a pretty, colorful appetizer for a party! Kind of like grown up jello shots? They are also great for a party because they can easily be made ahead.
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Get fancy with this recipe for healthy fruit snacks with natural juice! They are easy to make, kid friendly, and all-natural and have no high fructose corn syrup.
10 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1 1/2 c. fruit or vegetable juice
- 4 Tablespoons. powdered gelatin
- 2-4 Tablespoons. honey
- Silicone molds (optional)
- Pour the juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the liquid and let sit for a few minutes. It will turn “wrinkly” as the gelatin blooms.
- Stir the juice and gelatin to combine. At this point it will look like applesauce. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved - do not let boil! You will know it is done when the mixture no longer has a gritty texture between your fingers. Turn off the heat.
- Stir in the honey. I used more honey for less sweet juices, like veggie or grapefruit.
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds (I used these), tupperware, or even a bread pan. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set. If not using molds, use a knife to loosen one edge of the set mixture and gently peel it out of your container. Use a paring knife to slice into cubes.
Note: Nutrition information will vary widely based on the type of juice you use!
Love this easy snack idea? Check out these healthy frozen yogurt dots!