If you’re looking for a homemade Healthy Gummy Bear Recipe that is yummy and fun to eat, then you are going to want to check out this recipe. This yummy treat has antioxidants, vitamin C, and collagen protein.

gummy bears served in a white bowl.

Did you eat gummy bears growing up? They were one of my favorite candies! Of course, the gummy treats of our childhoods were not healthy given that they were full of sugar and artificial coloring and flavors.

There is something just so satisfying about chewing up something small and sweet. If you have the same craving or you want to make a healthy snack for your kids, then I think you’re really going to love these Homemade Healthy Gummy Bears!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Skip the packaged gummy bears that are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients.
  • These homemade gummy bears only have four ingredients!
  • This is a healthy snack you can feel good about eating or serving to kids. Each serving has approximately 60 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 3% of the recommended intake of vitamin C.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for healthy gummy bears.

This homemade gummy bear recipe is super easy to make, although it does take a little effort. You only need 3-4 ingredients, depending on what flavor of gummy bear you want to make. I decided to make a Pomegranate Lime Gummy Bear, so I used pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, honey, and gelatin.

The main ingredient in gummy bears is gelatin. This is not a vegan or vegetarian recipe, though, since gelatin is made from the collagen of animals. I recommend buying organic, grass-fed gelatin to ensure you are getting a quality ingredient.

Gelatin is similar to collagen protein, although collagen tends to dissolve a little easier in smoothies or hot drinks. Gelatin has the special property of being able to add that thick, jelly-like texture to foods when it is prepared properly.

Gelatin is also incredibly nutritious and may have gut-healing properties. Learn more about the potential benefits of collagen and gelatin.

Recipe Steps

Step One

Grab your gummy bear molds and lay them on a baking sheet. This will make it easier to put the molds in the refrigerator or the freezer.

I like this inexpensive silicone gummy bear mold set that comes with a dropper.

gummy bear molds with a dropper set.

Step Two

Combine the gummy ingredients in a saucepan and slowly stir in the gelatin.

juice and gelatin simmering in a saucepan.

Step Three

Use a dropper to get the gummy bear mixture from the saucepan into the molds. Then, refrigerator or freeze the molds to get the bears to set.

gummy bears in molds on a table.

Step Four

Remove the gummy bears from the molds and serve right away. Or, transfer them to a container with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

homemade gummy bears in a glass bowl.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If you want to make this gummy bear recipe at home, you can use whatever 100% fruit juice you have on hand or like. The proportions of juice, gelatin, and sweetener should remain the same.
  • I recommend storing the prepared gummy bears in the refrigerator to make sure they stay fresh. They should last up to a week.
  • The gummy bears will set very fast, about 20 minutes in the refrigerator or 10 minutes in the freezer.
  • To make different flavors other than pomegranate, you can substitute any other flavor of 100% juice, including orange juice, blueberry juice, or cherry juice.
  • Be sure to use gelatin in this recipe, not collagen peptides.

Recipe FAQs

Are gummy bears gluten-free?

Not all packaged gummy bears are gluten-free. But, yes, this recipe as written is gluten-free.

Are gummy bears vegan or vegetarian?

Gummy bears made with gelatin are not vegan or vegetarian.

Can I make these using sugar?

You can make these using any liquid sweetener you like. Maple syrup or honey are my favorite options.

pomegranate gummy bears served on a white plate.

Other Healthy Snack Recipes You Might Like

Or, check out my list of the best gluten-free and dairy-free snacks.

And, if you are a fan of gummy treats, you might be interested in my recipe for how to make CBD gummies or Vegan Gummies.

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bowl of red healthy gummy bears on a table.

Healthy Gummy Bears


Description

If you’re looking for a homemade Gummy Bear Recipe that is yummy and fun to eat, then you are going to want to check out this recipe. This healthy treat has antioxidants, vitamin C, and protein.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice (or juice of your flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons gelatin

Instructions

  1. Lay out your molds on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the juice and honey. Turn the heat to low and whisk the ingredients together.
  3. Slowly, add the gelatin to the saucepan one tablespoon at a time, whisking the ingredients to help the gelatin to dissolve.
  4. Let the mixture come to a simmer and then turn off the heat. Stir in the lime juice, if you are using.
  5. Use a dropper to divide the mixture into the gummy bear molds. Place the molds into the refrigerator or freezer to set.
  6. Once the gummy bears have set, remove them from the molds and store them in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

  1. The gummy bears will set very fast, about 20 minutes in the refrigerator or 10 minutes in the freezer.
  2. To make different flavors other than pomegranate, you can substitute any other flavor of 100% juice, including orange juice, blueberry juice, or cherry juice.
  3. Be sure to use gelatin in this recipe, not collagen peptides.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Paleo

Keywords: paleo gummy bears, healthy gummy bears, how to make gummy bears

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