Homemade Vitamin C Gummies

Homemade Vitamin C Gummies

I don’t know about you, but now that we have the first few weeks of school behind us, I can step back and really appreciate the importance of routine. Summer, as magical as it is, lacks a certain je ne sais quoi: ROUTINE! I bow down to the routine gods. Routine, or rhythm as it’s called in some circles, keeps us all sane and really helps children thrive. They know what to expect and what is expected of them….. I do hope that the school year is off to a lovely start for you all!

On another note, we have already been introduced to our first round of cold/flu for the school year. It’s amazing how sending the kids back to the germ factory AKA school almost instantly sends them home with a lovely welcome back gift: a cold. I’m proud to report that this cold didn’t really progress into much for my kids but there have been several children in class who have been knocked out for a few days with a fever, chills and a runny nose.

I always have a few tricks up my sleeve to boost our immune systems this time of year (more of that to come in a future post), but for today I’d love to share with you my sneaky homemade Vitamin C gummies. They are super nutritious and delicious and the kiddies will love them!

Vitamin C Gummies
Highly nutritious and delicious gummies
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Ingredients
  1. I cup of frozen berries (thawed with liquid) *I like blueberries and/or strawberries
  2. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  3. 1-2 tbsp honey
  4. 2-3 tbsp gelatin*
  5. 1 tbsp vitamin C powder**
  6. You will need silicone candy molds. I personally avoid plastic in my kitchen but make an exception for these because they aren't being heated. :)
Instructions
  1. Place thawed fruit (with liquid) and lemon juice in blender and twirl until pureed and smooth.
  2. Add fruit puree to a small saucepan and heat. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. Stir in honey.
  4. Gradually whisk in the gelatin (I actually sprinkle it in a little at a time). It is important to do this very gradually so that the gelatin dissolves smoothly. Depending on the water content of your berries you may only need 2 tbsp of gelatin. Add enough until it thickens significantly.
  5. Once the liquid has cooled substantially whisk in the vitamin C powder.
  6. Pour into molds and place in freezer for about 15 minutes to set (once set, gummies will keep form). Pop these babies out and store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. *It is important to choose a quality grass fed gelatin powder. I use this one.
  2. **I recommend a food based vitamin c powder. I like to use an acerola (cherry) powder or a camu C powder like this.
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  • kris

    Great recipe! We are also in our first cold. Visiting from the Natural Living Monday link up (TinyPeasant).

  • tinaG

    These look super and WAY healthier than anything you can buy from the supermarket! What is the scoop with gelatin though? There are obvious benefits if you’re recommending it but I remember hearing it comes from horse hooves.

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi TinaG! I used to think that too! lol
      Gelatin has so many benefits but I’m going to tease you a bit and ask that you wait for my next post where I will be delving into all things gelatin. It truly is a super addition to your diet and no, just to clear the air, it does not come from horse hooves. :-)
      -Libby

  • http://mommynificent.com/ Tina at mommynificent.com

    These look so delicious!!! I think we’d have a hard time not over-eating them!!! Can’t wait to try.

    • eatplaylovemore

      Very true Tina! The kids just want to eat them all at once.
      -Libby

  • Zae

    Got to try for sure! Just curious can I buy a good quality gelatin off the shelf? I live in Canada and haven’t come across this one in particular. Also does the vitamin C alte the taste of the gummies in anyway? Thanks for the easy recipe Libby, love your blog:-)

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Zae! Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate you stopping by.
      I am only familiar with the one brand of gelatin that listed in the post. If you do find another in the supermarket just verify the source. It should be from grass fed, pastured cattle.
      With regards to the vitamin C, the recipe is created so as not to allow the often tart flavor of the Vitamin C to come through.
      -Libby

  • Becca

    Cool to make your own vitamins! So many vitamins have such bad added ingredients… Thanks for sharing at the hop!

    • eatplaylovemore

      My pleasure Becca!
      -Libby

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  • http://annkroeker.com Ann Kroeker

    Great idea!

  • Lisa

    What a wonderful idea! I look forward to trying it! :-) Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you will be able to join us again this week.http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/10/try-new-recipe-tuesday-october-8.html

  • eatplaylovemore

    Awww thanks Ann! I appreciate it tons!
    -Libby

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  • Summer Clark Carter

    Maybe a silly question, but what is the serving size? I know my kids will want them often! :) How many and how often do you offer them? And does it differ when they are healthy verse sick? Thank you! Love this and can’t wait to make them!

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Summer! Great question and you are SO right, my kiddies want these constantly throughout the day as well. Because Vitamin C is water soluble and given that there is only 1 tbsp per batch there is no concern with ‘over dosing’. My kids tend to have around 3-4/day.
      Please post a pic when you’re done, I’d love to see what little shapes you’ve made yours into.
      -Libby

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  • Theresa Potter

    These are so good! I was waiting patiently for my gelatin order to arrive so I could make these and today was the day! I used frozen strawberries and blueberries. Added a few drops of water to allow the puree to happen easier. Thank you for such an easy and healthy recipe. The kids are going to be so excited to try these when they get home from school!

  • Meg

    i was impatient so I gently heated my frozen b berries on the stove. This worked well and these gummies were awesome! I’ve never made them before and never used gelatin. Thank you for educating me.

    • eatplaylovemore

      My pleasure Meg! -Libby

  • Starena

    I just got my moulds today that I ordered and couldn’t wait to make these. They are really, really good. I even gave a few to the kids because it was looking like I was going to eat them all! I am definitely bookmarking this one!

    • eatplaylovemore

      I’m so happy you like them Starina! -Libby

  • Vered

    I made these today – I used frozen blackcurrants – after thawing them they tasted really sour to me so I thawed out some strawberries too. I put in vitamin c AND probiotic powder. I’m not sure I added enough gelatin, next time I’ll add more to make them even firmer – do you keep them in the fridge or freezer?
    Anyways… my 5 year old son doesn’t like them – they’re too sour for him even with the strawberries and honey :-( And I myself eat low carb so they’re off limits for me because of the honey. I guess Dad will have to eat them :-). And the next batch will be all strawberry.
    Is there a reason for the lemon juice? Can I omit it ?

    Thank you so much for the recipe :-)

    Vered in Israel

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Vared,
      Yes, I would imagine black currants would be quite bitter. Our family really likes blueberry. I even plan on trying them with cherries next time. I store them in the fridge but admittedly they get devoured in 2 days. Also, the lemon juice can certainly be omitted as it’s only for a sweet and sour contrast.
      -Libby

  • Nila Rushavi

    I am totally new to healthy eating. I grew up on frozen pizzas and fries and these were so super easy to make! I used the same gelatin that you recommend and was concerned that these would have a ‘gelatiny’ flavor but they totally don’t! I will definitely be making these again (probably weekly) Thank u so much for the recipe!

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  • Pammy

    When you really take a look at the ingredients of vitamins it is terrifying! I’m so glad I found your recipe on pinterest. I have to admit I was a little afraid of making these. I thought they’d have a geltin (animal) flavor but they don’t!! I used strawberries and 2.5 tbsp of gelatin and they were so super good! Next time I have to double up!

    • eatplaylovemore

      I’m happy you enjoyed them Pammy! I too really love them with strawberries. :-)
      -Libby

  • kelly

    Thanks for this recipe! I used organic frozen blueberries and omitted the lemon juice to allow for more sweetness. Also, I couldnt find a decent-priced mold so I opted to line a tupperware with parchment paper and poured the mixture in it to freeze. It came off the parchment paper quite easily and I used a small veggie cutter to make star shapes. My kids LOVE them! I have a photo but not sure how to attach…

    • http://eatplaylovemore.com/ Libby

      What a great idea Kelly! I’m happy they were a hit with the kids and the best part is they probably don’t know just how healthy they are!
      -Libby

    • eatplaylovemore

      What a great idea Kelly! I’m happy they were a hit with the kids and the best part is they probably don’t know just how healthy they are!

      -Libby

  • skye

    What’s the difference between gelatin and pectin?

    • eatplaylovemore

      Ooh! Great question Skye! On the surface they can both thicken a liquid but that’s where the similarities end. Gelatin comes from the collagen in boiled down bones (more info here: http://bit.ly/Ms6oxd) whereas pectin is found in fruit.

      Gelatin is an easily digested pure protein that is rich in amino acids and other nutrients. To isolate pectin the fruit is dried then water and enzymes are added. With time the solids are removed, alcohol is added. Pectin is not digestible and is actually a water soluble fiber.

      From what I understand they cannot be used interchangeably in recipes. Gelatin creates a jello (thicker) consistency and pectin creates more of a jam or jelly consistency.

      Hope that helps!
      -Libby

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  • Nadine

    How long will these keep in the fridge?

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Nadine!
      I would say about 2 weeks in the fridge. If you don’t think they’ll be consumed in that time frame, I would leave them in the freezer and take them out as needed. :) -Libby

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks for this great recipe!!!! Pinning now!! And I’ll share it later, too! :)

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  • Marlene

    Hi and thank you for this recipe, can’t wait to try it! I would like to make it where each gummy has 500 mg of vitamin C, so can you tell me about how much this recipe yields so that I can do the math? Or if you can let me know if there is a good way to tell how much vitamin c is in each gummy.–thanks

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Marlene,
      Thanks for popping by. Unfortunately the yield would depend on the size of your mold. I always use an assortment of sizes so it’s impossible to really say. Do you have a mold in mind already? If not, perhaps you could pour the liquid into a parchment lined pan and slice them after they have set. That will provide you a more consistent serving size. -Libby

  • Marlene

    Hi and thank you for this recipe, can’t wait to try it! I would like to make it where each gummy has 500 mg of vitamin C, so can you tell me about how much this recipe yields so that I can do the math? Or if you can let me know if there is a good way to tell how much vitamin c is in each gummy.–thanks

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Marlene,
      Thanks for popping by. Unfortunately the yield would depend on the size of your mold. I always use an assortment of sizes so it’s impossible to really say. Do you have a mold in mind already? If not, perhaps you could pour the liquid into a parchment lined pan and slice them after they have set. That will provide you a more consistent serving size. -Libby

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