Are you wondering what else you could make with all those blackberries you picked? Blackberries have been especially abundant this year and turning them into fruit snacks is a fun and satisfying way to use them up.If your kids are anything like mine, they love anything colorful and sweet. Fruit snacks seem to be the epitome of their desires. Thankfully, with this super easy and healthy recipe, we can put smiles on their faces and our own as well! This recipe has only 3 ingredients that are all natural and nourishing to boot!
Blackberries are loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants along with vitamin C & A, among many others, which is great support for abundant health.
Honey is fascinatingly created and a delicious sweetener with its own list of medicinal benefits. We just happened to have enough honey from our own hives this year which makes the process all the more fun and rewarding.
Grass fed gelatin is high in protein and has amino acids which help our skin, hair, nails, joints and digestive health. Although any unflavored gelatin will work in this recipe, I highly recommend gelatin from pasture raised animals which are free from antibiotics, hormones, and grains. Healthy animals make health(ier) food. Learn more about gelatin from Grass Fed Girl, one of many real food bloggers I have been learning from over the last few years.
Update: In an effort to reduce my bovine intake, I’ve updated the recipe to include a vegan option using agar agar. Agar Agar is a plant-based alternative to gelatin and I love the results!!
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- 6 cups of freshly picked wild blackberries or 3 cups of juice
- 6 tablespoons of unflavored grass fed gelatin OR 4 tbsp agar agar powder (vegan)
- 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup (more or less to taste)
- silicone candy molds
Over low heat, crush your blackberries into a pulp. A potato masher works great. I used an immersion blender (I LOVE this one!)
- Strain your berries to remove the seeds. I pushed the seeds through colander with a spoon and then wrapped it up in cheesecloth to squeeze out the remaining juice.
- Poor the juice (about 3 cups) back into the pot on low heat and whisk in your gelatin until dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the honey.
- Pour into silicone molds of choice – I filled 5 molds OR pour into a baking dish.
- Place the gummies into the freezer for about 15 minutes to help them set quickly.