Last updated on August 2nd, 2019
Super Berry Blaster Homemade Gummies – DF/GF
Healthy homemade gummies help boost the immune system, prevent colds and taste great! Plus, kiddos love these little snacks so-win!
Finding healthy snacks that your kids actually want to eat can be a challenge . . . more than a challenge (though here are a few of our favorites!). Finding snacks that are not just healthy but help boost the immune system … priceless 😀 But that’s exactly what these homemade elderberry gummies do!
To be honest, there was a time when the thought of my making homemade gummies was laughable. I mean really… who does that!?
Long before my journey to health, I could barely succeed at microwaving a pizza pocket without burning it.
Thought that a homemade meal consisted of sidekick (a pre-packaged, creamy noodle mixture) and frozen ribs/burgers/chicken fingers.
And now I’m the crazy mom making homemade elderberry gummies?
But truthfully, it didn’t happen overnight. I didn’t wake up wanting too be ubeer healthy. And I promise, there’s been a lof of eff ups when it comes too homemade gummies.
So if you’re still figuring your sh*t out, it’s okay mama. Trying is half the battle.
How The Homemade Gummy Trials Started
Making homemade gummies started at Christmas with my two-year-old. I bought a wooden advent calendar that you refill yourself (instead of the regular chocolate ones).
I obviously wasn’t going to give her candy every morning so instead I made homemade gummies from elderberry cough syrup (check out my go-to, non candy advent calendar ideas now!)
She fell in love with them and didn’t fully understand that this morning treat only happened for Christmas. So come January, she still wanted a gummy every morning with her coconut water. Sigh.
So off to the kitchen I went to trial some homemade gummies recipes (she couldn’t have elderberry syrup all year!!). And let me tell you, there were a shit ton of fails.
In the last few months I’ve made an alarming number of homemade gummies. I’d love to say they all turned out delicious but that would be a lie.
Some turned out too solid, some too creamy and some just wrong.
All of these failures meant that I’ve actually learned a lot about making homemade gummies!
How To Make Homemade Gummies
Here is a quick Facebook video I made for a friend of mine when she was asking how I made them. At the time, I didn’t have an exact recipe but there’s some good pointers in there (basically what not to do lol)
But I did finally get around to testing out some recipes and here we are. There are however, still a few notes:
Use a quality gelatin!
My personal preference is perfect supplements (below) but any good quality brand will do..
The thing is, gelatin is amazingly healthy for you. It’s basically derived from an animals’ bones and helps give your gut some love. Similar to collagen which comes from bone broth and is one of the three foods I think all kids should have in their diet.
Side note: Perfect supplement actually has bone broth powder now which is insanity but awesome. So instead of having to take eight hours and make your own, you can just mix this into water!
You need to move quickly when making homemade elderberry gummies! The gelatin really does gel in super speed and if it’s not mixed properly you end up with half hard gummies or half the batch too hard and the other batch too liquid. So, make sure everything is ready before you mix the gelatin.
These particular homemade gummies are a bit dense for my personal liking, but my daughter loves them. Give them a shot and then tweak as needed for your next batch (lower the amount of gelatin by a tablespoon)
My daughters now go through phases as to how sweet they like things (eye roll). This homemade gummies recipe isn’t too sweet. If your kiddo has a sweeter palate (or you want them for yourself), I’d suggest adding in some stevia drops to the batch!
Don’t get small molds
I used basic silicone molds in a variety of shapes and sometimes grab a gummy bear one if I see it at the dollar store. Warning though, do not ever get the mini gummy bear molds with an eye dropper. They’re cute but horrendous and you won’t be able to make anything. You’ll just cry 😛 (said from experience of course!)
These homemade gummies are simple to make (well, quick anyways) and they’re an awesome snack for kids.
Why You Should Make Homemade Elderberry Gummies
If you’ve never heard of elderberries before- they’re amazing! We make elderberry cough syrup each year for winter time and it works beautifully for the girls, Though now that everything hippie is becoming more mainstream, I’ve noticed you can buy it too 😉
And since elderberries are so potent when it comes to fighting colds, I love sneaking them into other recipes (like this one) as well. And if you don’t know what to do with the berries after making syrup with them- reuse them to make elderberry tea!
Every single ingredient in the homemade gummies recipe comes with a host of health benefits and thus, not only do they help your gut, but they help boost your immune system and health also.
My girls loves these little gummies and I love doing everything possible to help boost her immune system and fight colds, so I hope yours does too (psst… here’s a few other tips to fight a cold naturally!).
How To Make Homemade Gummies – Berry Blaster Flavor
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon freeze dried elderberries
- 1 scoop perfect supplements acai powder
- ½ cup coconut water
- ¼ cup gelatin
- ½ cup + 1 tbs near boiling water (separated)
I get my elderberries (freeze dried) from well.ca!
Tips: these homemade gummies I find a bit too hard, so when I make them for myself (versus just my kiddos) I use 1/2 cup + 3 tbs boiling water
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How To Make Berry Blaster Gummies
In a blender, combine the first five ingredients
Blend until completely smooth (no body likes chunky gummies!)
Pour into a large glass bowl.
Before mixing the gelatin and water, make sure you have our molds and a whisk ready. You need to move fast
In another larger bowl, place the gelatin. Pour the ½ cup water over the gelatin and mix quickly until all chunks are gone
Quickly pour the mixture into half of your gummy molds. Add in the last tablespoon of boiling water, re-whisk and pour into remaining molds.
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Quickly pour the mixture into half of your gummy molds. Add in the last tablespoon of boiling water, re-whisk and pour into remaining molds. Place molds into the fridge to set (about 3 hours) Yield depends on molds. Mine made 18 These gummies are dense, for softer ones (which I prefer but my girls are half and half) use three tablespoons of boiling water at the end. If you have a sweeter palate, add in some stevia drops to make them sweeter.
Super Berry Blaster Homemade Gummies – DF/GF
Quickly pour the mixture into half of your gummy molds.
Add in the last tablespoon of boiling water, re-whisk and pour into remaining molds.
Place molds into the fridge to set (about 3 hours)
Yield depends on molds. Mine made 18
These gummies are dense, for softer ones (which I prefer but my girls are half and half) use three tablespoons of boiling water at the end.
If you have a sweeter palate, add in some stevia drops to make them sweeter.
These immune boosting homemade gummies make an awesome snack for kids! They’re gluten and dairy free, full of berry blasting nutrients and contain everything you need to support your gut and immune system! Kids love the color (and the fact that they’re gummy bears!) and the taste and as a mom I love the ingredients.