These gummies are protein-rich, sugar-free—we are only using the natural sweetness of the dates—and full of the rich amino acids content that our body needs (read more about gelatin’s unique profile). They do not last long at my house. I often make the coffee flavored one as a post-workout snack and the coconut raspberry dinosaurs for my daughter. But if I don’t hide some in the fridge they disappear as soon as they are ready.
For the coffee flavored gummies, I use a caffeine-free chicory like a Teeccino—so my daughter can enjoy them as well. Their buttery hazelnut grind is already lightly sweetened with dates and figs. If you use regular coffee beans for your brew, you might have to add a little bit of brown rice syrup, maple syrup or increase the number of dates in the recipe to get that light sweet taste. These brown gummies are great as a snack or to curb your hunger when you want to lose a couple of pounds before summer.
The coconut raspberry gummies are a great treat for the whole family, but kids especially love the color and berry taste—the blended mixture is also thicker than the brown gummies. Other sweet fruits like mango or oranges can be used instead of the berries, but always try to use the fruit itself instead of their juice only. You need less to make the recipe when adding the pulpy part and you get to keep the fiber and most of their nutritious benefits. Combining the fruits with eight dates results in the perfect amount of sweetness for us, but play around with the recipe and add more if you like it sweeter. It takes a little bit more work to make lovely little shapes like the dinosaurs or hearts, but my daughter is crazy about these cute mini gummies. These healthy treats can easily replace the gummy bears from the stores that often contain sugar or other unnecessary ingredients.
I use a pure unflavored protein gelatin and love the pasture-raised beef gelatin from Great Lakes—I buy their boxes in bulk when on sale. A little goes a long way when used to make these snacks.
I have bought some square mold trays, but I have also used ice cube trays or even small glass dishes to make the cubed gummies—when set, cut it into smaller blocks.
Try out these recipes and let me know what you think.