I made homemade fruit snacks for Juliet last weekend and they were surprisingly easy. I found this recipe via Pinterest and immediately ordered the gelatin on Amazon (I am obsessed with Amazon Prime by the way). I’m guessing you can also find unflavored gelatin in the baking aisle of your grocery store. I had no idea previously but apparently gelatin has a lot of health benefits including joint health and improving digestion. Who knew?

I am really interested in finding recipes to make popular toddler snacks homemade. Obviously, I am not the first person to make homemade crackers or fruit snacks, anyone can search on Pinterest to see how many awesome recipes are out there. And every time I try a new recipe like this, I can’t believe how easy it is. These fruit snacks only take about 10 minutes to prep plus the time to allow them to set (I didn’t keep track of how long it took to set, but I’m guessing around 30 minutes to an hour).

I don’t personally eat fruit snacks. Juliet has never had them either. So I don’t remember exactly how they taste and if these homemade ones are a close match. All I know is that they are made with healthy ingredients, they are mostly all fruit and no sugar (I used agave nectar for sweetness). The original recipe calls for 1 tablespoon but I kept tasting as I stirred and thought it needed more sweetness. So I added about 3 tablespoons and that seemed to be the perfect amount of sweetness. I would suggest you add the sweetener to your taste preference.

These taste great and the texture is chewy, just like fruit snacks should be.

Homemade fruit snacks (recipe via Living Healthy with Chocolate blog)

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon raspberry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin 
  • 1-3 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1 cup raspberries, frozen or fresh (or any other berry)
Preparation
  1. If you are using frozen raspberries, let them thaw out completely first, add to the food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Pour into a strainer set over a bowl, and gently press the raspberries to extract their juices. 
  3. In a saucepan, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the raspberry sauce with the lemon juice, gelatin and honey or agave nectar (add more if you like it sweeter)
  4. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring constantly until the gelatin is melted and all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Pour mixture into silicon molds and refrigerate until set. You can also line a basic pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture, then cut into squares after it is set.


I used this daisy silicone pan and the above recipe made 12 daisy shapes. They were a bit big so I started cutting them in half and then realized I could easily cut hearts just by cutting the half into 1/4ths. Cute!  There are also heart shaped molds you can purchase, too. 

Juliet wasn’t in love with these by any means. They were possibly a little too chewy for her. She doesn’t have all her teeth yet and most foods she eats are pretty soft. She did like licking them and taking little bites. I think these fruit snacks are better for older toddlers (probably 2+).

I had fun experimenting with these and I’ll definitely be making them again (but probably not until Juliet is a little older). You can choose different fruits based on your little ones favorites and make a bunch of different colors.

I was also chatting with a friend via Facebook earlier today about these and her son is a vegetarian. They use a vegetarian gelatin substitute that she finds at Whole Foods. Just a tip in case your child is a vegetarian.

I hope your little ones enjoy these!