I like being able to give my daughter treats like anyone else, but with the amount of sugar in traditional snacks at the store, I like to make most of our treats at home :)
I pretty much have all the ingredients needed to make these fruit snacks in my pantry at any given time, so I decided to play around with some recipes. You can even add vitamins to these (I never knew that!) if they are in powder form and at the end when the liquid has cooled down.
These have kombucha, which is a probiotic-rich drink made from fermented tea. You can pick up a bottle at pretty much any grocery store these days. When added at the very end, once the mixture has cooled down slightly, it should be cool enough to not kill any of those great probiotics - making these fruit snacks a sweet treat and healthy for our kiddos!
With the kombucha, the fruit snacks have a mild watermelon flavor. If you want more watermelon flavor, skip the kombucha and add another cup of watermelon juice. If you have extra juice leftover you can freeze them into popsicles or make a delicious mock-tail with lime, ice and carbonated water :)
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 6 scoops gelatin, like Vital Proteins brand (where to buy)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup watermelon juice (see below for how to make)
- 1 cup plain kombucha
- coconut oil, for greasing
To make your watermelon juice, simply cut up a small watermelon and remove the rind from the fruit. Put the fruit in a fine mesh strainer and press down with a potato masher to squeeze all the juices through the strainer into a bowl.
Make sure to have all your ingredients handy before making the fruit snacks because you will need to work quick.
Boil 1/2 a cup of water on the stove. While the water is coming to a boil, mix cold water and gelatin in a medium sized bowl, creating a paste. Once the water is boiling, pour it into the gelatin paste and whisk vigorously until all the gelatin is melted. Continue whisking and add honey, watermelon juice and kombucha. Grease a glass pie dish lightly with coconut oil or use a silicone mold (like this) and pour your juice into the dish/mold.
Allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour until it resembles jello! If you used a pie dish you can loosen the edges with a knife and flip it over onto a cutting board, using a small cookie cutter to cut them into fun shapes!