I’m gonna level with you. I don’t make ALL of my little one’s snacks from scratch. While I feel like eating as much fresh, homemade, unprocessed foods as possible is really important, let’s be real. I’m a busy mom. I simply do not have time to make ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING from scratch, and I think most of you can relate. Sometimes, better is good enough. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not out buying ho-hos for my child, but there are some things are just really convenient- for lack of a better term- when I’m in a pinch. I do my best, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I just cant do it all 100% of the time. That being said, fruit snacks are not one of the convenience foods that I buy pre-packaged. Why? Two reasons: 1) They are just plain too dang easy to make on my own. 2) They’re a fantastically easy way to add in a BOAT-LOAD of nutrition. And besides that, my kid loves them! Okay that’s three reasons. My Probiotic Raspberry Fruit Chews are just one of the many versions I make, and they’re a major hit.
When I say these fruit chews are a hit, I mean it. Really. They’ve been tested by children other than my own. My daughter tends to eat just about anything. She’s been drinking kombucha since she was 9 months old and her first foods were avocado and salmon. So I can’t really gauge how well other children will like them based on her opinion alone. But I’m happy to say that I had a friend’s three boys over the last time I made these, and they ate them up enthusiastically. Winner!
The really super awesome thing about these Probiotic Raspberry Fruit Chews is that there are NO ingredients that do not contribute to the healthy nature of this recipe. Even the honey is raw, unfiltered honey. Raw honey is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, as well as its ability to help combat seasonal allergies! For more great info on the many health benefits of raw honey, check out this post from my friend Nadia over at Body Unburdened.
Raspberries….inherently good right? They’re loaded with vitamin C, incredibly high in anti-oxidants (a.k.a. anti-cancer) and super anti-inflammatory!
Citrus….again- loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, but also contain a hefty dose of folate, calcium and potassium!
Grass fed Gelatin…Oh goodness gracious….the health benefits of gelatin are a series of posts on their own! Gelatin is a major superfood! It’s wonderful for your immune system, it’s full of collagen and so helps keep your skin nice and stretchy and firm, it’s got a ton of protein, it’s a digestive aid….and these are just a few of the benefits of grassfed gelatin. Not all gelatins are created equal however. This is the kind I use. For more great info about the health benefits of gelatin, check out this post from Savory Lotus!
And finally, because these are Probiotic Raspberry Fruit Chews, I’ve added in some of the probiotic powder that I give to my daughter. I generally don’t have a hard time getting her to take it. It’s flavorless and you can add it to just about anything, but this is just one more opportunity to do so! I really like this kind!
So What Do You Need?
- 2 cups of raspberries. I used frozen and thawed in this case because the grocery store didn’t have fresh organic raspberries. But use whatever fruit you like.
- Juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1/2 cup raw honey- local is best, but if you can’t find any local honey, go with this stuff.
- 6 tbsp grass fed gelatin
- 2 tbsp probiotic powder
- silicon molds. These are optional, but they make the fruit chews into fun shapes. If you don’t have it, just go ahead and use an 8×8 glass baking dish and cut them into squares! These are the molds I use.
- Pop the fruit and water into a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. If seeds bother you, run the puree through a sieve before heating it. They don’t bother me so I skip that.
- Pour the fruit puree into a small sauce pan and heat on the stove top until a bit of steam begins to come off the top.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and melt in the honey.
- Slowly whisk in the gelatin 1 tbsp at a time, making sure to get the lumps out!
- Let cool for a few minutes, or until you can touch the mixture with your finger without burning it. You just want to cool it enough so that it doesn’t kill off the probiotic when you add it it.
- Squeeze in the citrus juice, and whisk in the probiotic powder.
- Distribute the mixture into your silicon molds (or glass baking dish). Refrigerate until hardened. This should happen in just about 30 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container for 1 week (if they last that long).
If you like this recipe, you can also try my Healthy Sour Kiwi Gummies! As I said, there are a million and one ways to make this recipe your own! So go for it and get creative. The kiddos like to help make these too so get them in the kitchen and let them help! Enjoy!
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