Homemade Cherry Gummies

gut health recipes Nov 13, 2019

Who says gummies are just for kids?

Besides being cute and fun to jiggle, these gummies are seriously great for you. Store-bought gummies don’t even compare in terms of health benefit. In fact, those can subtract from good health with the additives and artificial colors they contain.

By using real food ingredients, you're giving your body quality nutrients that it knows what to do with. Ingredients that will support your gut, hormone, and immune health all at the same time. Win, win win!

These simple gummies contain:

❤️Cherry juice to help increase your natural melatonin levels to help with sleep
💜Elderberry syrup to help boost your immune function (it's always a good time of year to do that)
💛Gelatin to support your joint, bone, and gut health, strengthen your hair and nails, and increase skin elasticity (that can mean fewer wrinkles gals)!

Have you ever made your own gummies? If you’ve ever made Jell-O, you’re almost there! Wait until you see how simple these are!

 

Homemade Cherry Gummies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups organic tart cherry juice
  • 4 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin
  • 1-2 tbsp raw honey (optional; preferably local)
  • 2 Tbsp elderberry syrup (optional; see note below)

Instructions

  1. Add cherry juice to a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin on top and allow it to "bloom" for about 5 minutes. The juice will thicken, and the surface will appear wrinkly.
  2. Set saucepan over LOW heat and begin stirring gently with a whisk until juice mixture thins. Continue whisking for a few minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not allow the mixture to heat beyond slightly warm. Remove from heat.
  3. When gelatin is completely dissolved, add honey and elderberry syrup if desired.
  4. Pour juice mixture into small, individual silicone molds...½ to 1 tablespoon per gummy. You can also pour into a small baking dish coated with coconut oil.
  5. Refrigerate gelatin mixture and allow to set for 2 hours.
  6. Remove gummies from molds when they're cold to prevent breaking. If you used a baking dish, cut into individual squares.
  7. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for 1 week...if they last that long!
Notes:
 
👉🏼Enjoy 1 or 2 gummies a day, especially before bedtime. Cherry juice can increase your circulating melatonin levels...your natural sleep hormone.
👉🏼I used R.W. Knudsen organic tart cherry juice. You can substitute any other juice or combine multiple juices for this recipe. If you use pineapple juice, you need to boil the juice first to break down the bromelain enzyme so your gelatin will gel.
👉🏼One of my favorite sources for grass-fed, pasture-raised gelatin is Further Food.
👉🏼Here is my recipe for Elderberry Syrup.
 
 
In joy and health,
 
 
 

Updated 8/21/2020.

This information is not intended to be personal medical advice. Never make any modifications to your health regimen without first consulting with your physician or appropriate health practitioner.

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