My daughter is approaching school age (OMG, already!), and consequently she is more frequently encountering kids who don’t have food sensitivities and who don’t eat the way that we do.
From “Lunchables” to bottles of rainbow-colored sugar water to packages of 20-ingredient cookies and pastries, a lot of today’s kids eat little more than highly processed, artificially colored junk all day. And this “food” is not only nutritionally bankrupt, and full of GMOs and other scary additives, but it’s also packed with allergens that will make my little girl quite sick.
But to my 5-year-old, it looks like a smorgasbord of brightly colored, cartoon endorsed, sweet-smelling Temptation.
Sigh. What’s a crunchy, Real Food Mommy to do?
Five-year-olds hate being left out. So, I set out to make an additive-free, healthier alternative that my daughter could enjoy while her neighborhood friends were eating their FD&C Yellow No. 5-laden gummy fish. (Ew.)
What I ended up with was a guilt-free gummy candy recipe that is Paleo-friendly and GAPS legal, and relatively low in sugar—or you can use stevia to sweeten it. These candies also have the nutritional goodness of real fruit and full-fat coconut milk for growing bodies, plus the gut healing benefits of gelatin and probiotics.
Gelatin not only contains amino acids and colloids that can improve digestion and nourish your intestinal lining, it is also high in collagen and proteins which feed and strengthen your skin, hair, nails and joints. We make a point of using a high-quality gelatin from grass-fed cows to get the most out of this nutritious food.
For this batch, we puréed strawberries and bananas (which made the gummies kinda pinkish-brown), but you could use any fruit that you have on hand, or use some leftover smoothie. (And if you use leftover green smoothie, you can even sneak some veggies into your candy! Imagine that!)
These candies turned out so delicious that my whole family can’t get enough of them now. And they are so easy to make, I don’t mind obliging them.