If you’re looking for a healthy snack option with no added sugar that also packs a serious health punch, this gummy recipe is for you. No corn syrup to be found in these guys!
Compared to their processed and refined counterparts, these gelatin gummies are rich in nutrients, amino acids, protein, and all the healing properties of grass fed gelatin. Gelatin is known to be great for gut health, your connective tissues, joint pain, the immune system, and healthy skin, hair and nails. My favorite brand of unflavored grass-fed beef gelatin is Vital Proteins which you can get in most grocery stores these days.
On top of that, pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Read more about the benefits of pomegranate.
These gummies are paleo, AIP, dairy free, gluten free, and elimination diet friendly.
Pomegranate juice substitutes: Instead of using pomegranate juice, you can use literally any other kind of real fruit juice you want! This includes orange juice, apple juice, grapefruit juice, peach juice, strawberry juice, tart cherry juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and even vegetable juices like carrot if you want to get really fancy.
Bottled juice substitutes: Instead of using bottled juice, you can often find fresh squeezed juice at your local supermarket or health food store. Or alternatively, if you have your own juicer, you can make any type of juice that you want. If you end up with more juice than the recipe calls for, adjust the amount of gelatin as needed.
Organic/grass fed gelatin powder substitutes: If you can’t access organic and/or grass fed gelatin powder, you can also use non-organic gelatin powder. Use the same amount. I wouldn’t suggest using collagen protein powder / collagen peptides because it doesn’t have the same effect of gelatinizing or hardening your gummy candies in the same way.
Increase the amount of gelatin: If you want to access more of the healing benefits of gelatin in this recipe, you can use up to 4 tablespoons of gelatin with the same amount of liquid.
Reduce the amount of sugar: If you are watching your sugar intake, you can cut down the amount of juice that you use and add additional water to make up for the lost liquid. Also make sure to look for juices that are not from concentrate as they tend to be more tart and lower in sugar.
Make these gummies vegan: It is also possible to make gummies without gelatin or animal products. You can use either agar agar powder or pectin to thicken and gelatinize them. I have never tried it though so I would suggest looking for a vegan gummy recipe online to make sure you get the best result!
Use whatever gummy molds you want: I used silicone molds in this recipe, but you can use any type of candy molds you’d like. You can even use gummy bear molds if you want to make homemade gummy bears!
Pro tips for this recipe
Pro tip #1: Make sure to spray your silicone molds with coconut oil cooking spray. This will ensure that the gummies will not break or stick to the molds when you pull them out. This is especially important if you want them to look pretty! If you don’t care how they look then it’s all good if you don’t spray them. You can also put them in the freezer after they have set and this will allow them to pop out a little bit more easily.
Pro tip #2: Before you pour the pomegranate juice gelatin mixture into your silicone molds, place the molds on top of a baking sheet or pan. This will catch any liquid that spills, and will make it super easy to move the molds into the fridge to set. Because silicone molds are super floppy, you will spill juice everywhere if you try to lift them up with your hands.
How long do gelatin gummies last?
Homemade gelatin gummies will last up to 1 week in the fridge. They will last for much longer in the freezer if you aren’t able to eat them up within 1 week.
What are pomegranate gummies good for?
Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and may help reduce inflammation. Gelatin, which is used to harden up gummies, is rich in amino acids and protein, and may help to boost collagen in the body. Read more about the benefits of pomegranate as well as the health benefits of gelatin.
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Healthy Homemade Pomegranate Gelatin Gummies Recipe
- 2 cup (500ml) glass measuring cup
- In a medium-sized pot, heat your pomegranate juice on medium-low heat until it is hot (but not quite boiling).
- Turn off the burner and whisk in 1 tablespoon of gelatin until dissolved. After the 1st tablespoon has dissolved, add the 2nd tablespoon and again whisk until dissolved.
- Spray your silicone molds with a small amount of coconut oil cooking spray. This step is optional but highly recommended. The first time I made these, they were really hard to get out of the silicone molds and many of them fell apart through the process. If you don’t have cooking spray, you can also put your silicone molds in the freezer once they have set and then they will pop out a bit easier.
- Pour the hot liquid into a glass measuring cup. Optional: let it cool a bit until it is close to being room temperature.
- Place your silicone molds on top of a baking sheet or pan. This will catch any liquid that might pour over when you are filling the molds. This will also allow you to transport them into the fridge more easily without spilling it.
- Slowly and carefully pour the pomegranate gelatin mixture into the silicone molds, filling them just up to the top with liquid. If you happen to run out of all the liquid, you can pour the additional liquid into muffin cups or even a small glass dish.
- Transport your silicone molds into the fridge and chill for roughly 2 hours. At this point, they should pop right out of the silicone molds.
- Store your pomegranate gummies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
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Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She shares her gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly recipes.