With a bit of luscious coconut butter and fresh blueberries, you can make sweet, creamy, and CLEAN healthy homemade gummies! And, you can really use this base recipe with other fruits you enjoy as well.
Think of this recipe like a tutorial in how to make homemade gummies with gelatin. Then, get creative with different fruits for endless flavor possibilities!
I know, most of us associate gelatin with sugary, artificially-flavored Jell-O. But, gelatin itself is actually loaded with health benefits! It comes from nutrient-rich animal bones, with tons of wholesome micronutrients in a highly digestible form.
But, you can also find plant-based gelatin to keep these healthy homemade gummies vegan!
Coconut Butter, Say What?
Coconut butter is like any nut butter—it’s coconut shreds, processed into a butter! And, you can easily make your own by blending coconut shreds in the food processor for a good few minutes until smooth. Be prepared, it will separate naturally—but just give it a stir. (So you know, this is the case with store-bought coconut butter, too!)
For this healthy homemade gummies recipe, coconut butter is the perfect base. In warm temperatures, it’s liquid. But, in cool temperatures, it becomes solid. So, it helps your healthy homemade gummies firm up in the fridge! And, it adds a dose of creamy, nutritious fats to make this snack more satisfying.
Also, coconut is naturally sweet—even more so in a condensed butter form. Pair that with sweet, ripe blueberries, and you don’t end up needing much sweetener (if any) at all! Keep in mind: fruit that’s ripe will make your healthy homemade gummies sweeter.
Purple Food, Sans Dye
Blueberries have a naturally blueish-purple color that’s pretty vibrant. Then, adding white coconut butter lightens them up to create this beautiful violet hue. I love when whole foods can yield such amazing colors naturally!
Personally, I’m not a fan of food dye, so this was perfect for these healthy homemade gummies. Of course, you could also switch up the color of by using different fruits. Any berries will work, but feel free to try mango, pineapple, plums, peaches and more, too!
Making Healthy Homemade Gummies with Gelatin
Honestly, I think making healthy homemade gummies with gelatin just produces a better texture. But, gelatin sort of gets a bad rap in the health world sometimes, and it’s unfortunate.
Gelatin is made by boiling and dehydrating the bones, cartilage, and skin of animals to extract collagen. (Which, if you recognize the term, is a protein that connects bones, muscles, and skins in animals, including humans!) And, lately there’s been a lot of talk about how beneficial collagen is—which is true!
So, gelatin is essentially processed collagen in a powdered form. It’s able to dissolve in hot water, and it gels once it cools. And, the health benefits of gelatin are very similar to collagen since they contain the same amino acids.
Gelatin can improve gut health and digestion, thereby helping with leaky gut. Plus, it helps protect joints, improve sleep and mood, improve skin, heart and bone health, AND helps to keep you full! I’d say those aren’t bad qualities to have in your healthy homemade gummies, eh?!