My gentleman friend is a snacker and a big texture eater – think crispy chips and frozen pops.  When he sees gummy bears in a store, it’s a tease – his guilty pleasure.  I am always looking for ways to help keep his habits wholesome.  The favorite of my experiments has been homemade gummies.  Add in all the health benefits from gelatin, these were a real coup.

I was especially happy at discovering these treats because for all my utilitarian thoughts, making a homemade version never would have crossed my mind.  Thankfully, I came across this blog.  I am happy to reference Michelle here because she recently had a picture of Organic Valley Ricotta in her newsletter!

I’ve made several variations at this point, veering from the original recipe I found.  I personally didn’t like the end result from my first few attempts as they were too dense for me.  The most recent batch had the best ratio between chewiness and flavor.  I’ve also adapted the recipe to simply mix everything right in the pan you use to heat the ingredients.  Even though I now have a dishwasher (make that two – the physical machine and the gentleman friend!), the days of a sink full of dishes linger fresh in my mind.

The inspiration for this first recipe comes straight from the garden.  My raspberry bush makes a last go of it come Fall.  I think these berries are actually a better size, quality and quantity than the summer harvest.  It continues to amaze me that they are enjoying these shorter days and cooler temperatures.

Raspberry Bush

PB&J Gummies

½ c mashed raspberries or blackberries

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp water

2 tbsp gelatin

4 tbsp honey

2 tbsp crushed peanuts

 

Mix and stir the first five ingredients right into a small fry pan.

Heat and stir until mixture starts to bubble.

Remove from the flame and stir in peanuts.

Use a teaspoon to pour into small silicone cups.

Transfer to freezer for 5 minutes or until set.

Remove from freezer and pop out of cups.

Makes appx 25 pieces.

They will keep at room temperature, but I store them in the fridge.  Use within two weeks.

 

Writing the original draft of this blog post ignited another idea.  The more I thought about it, these would be a great post workout bite.  For me, there is often a long lag time between leaving the gym and sitting down for a meal.  The quick access to protein helps build the muscles that were just exercised in a timely fashion.  Playing off of the knowledge that OV Chocolate Milk is a great recovery drink, I created this recipe.

This recipe can be customized to add any spices or nuts that you like.  I’d suggest 2 tbsp of anything with texture (nuts, seeds, dried fruit) and/or ½ tsp of any spices.

 

Chocolate Gummies

2 tbsp cacoa powder

2 tbsp water

2 tbsp gelatin

4 tbsp honey

4 tbsp milk

 

Mix and stir the first four ingredients.

Heat and stir until it starts to bubble.

Remove from the flame and mix in milk.

Use a teaspoon to pour into small silicone cups.

Transfer to freezer for 5 minutes or until set.

Remove from freezer and pop out of cups.

Makes 16 pieces.

Store in the refrigerator as there is dairy in the recipe.  Use within two weeks.

 

Chocolate ingredients in the pan

Gummies Chocolate Mix

Heated raspberry ingredients

Gummies Raspberry Cooked

Warm raspberry mix in the mold

Gummies Mold

Final product!

Gummies Jar