All Natural Fruit Snacks

natural fruit snacks

I could lie and say I made these for my kids.

Of course, I let them have some…a few. But honestly? I love fruit snacks. LOVE.

What prompted me to try to make my own, besides how much I adore them? A conversation I had in Costco yesterday with a woman who drives a town car for a living. She was stocking up on snacks for clients and her cart was filled with fruit snacks, individual bags of crackers, chocolate and bottled water. She asked me, as a mom, if I liked giving my kids fruit snacks. I said I tried not too, because they’re so full of gunk…but that yes, I sometimes break down.

And then I confessed my love for the chewy little nuggets.

She belly laughed and said that by far, most of her fruit snacks get snagged by adults. Adults probably thinking they were eating a healthy-ish snack because the word fruit is on the label.

Sadly, I think a lot of us fall into this trap more than we’d like to admit.

I did some research and found a recipe I could handle over at Weed ‘em and Reap. Then I adjusted it to what I had on hand/my taste. I ended up using a mixture or mango, peach and strawberry. I cut down on the original amount of honey because the fruit was all very ripe and sweet. And tah dah! My own all natural fruit snacks with no added colors or preservatives!

Are they good? Um…yes. They remind me of a very firm finger jello. I’d keep them in the fridge rather than on the counter. You can cut them into little squares or use a mini cookie cutter to make fun shapes. If that gets a little tedious, let your kids cut them out – fun for the whole family.

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These little gems should hold for quite a while covered in the fridge…but I doubt they’ll last that long.

All Natural Fruit Snacks

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe

Gather

4 cups fruit (I used a mix of strawberries, mango and peach)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 Tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons gelatin

Step by Step

  1. Put all of your fruit into a blender and puree on low speed so you don't get a bunch of air in the mixture.
  2. Pour the blended fruit into a heavy bottomed sauce pan and turn the burner to high heat.
  3. When the fruit starts bubbling, add the lemon juice, honey, vanilla and salt.
  4. Very, VERY slowly, whisk in the gelatin.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for two or so more minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a large glass dish.
  7. Place the dish into the fridge and cool for at least 30 minute or until set.
  8. Cut the fruit snacks into any shape you desire (you could even use a little cookie cutter).
  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container...they won't last long!

Nutrition

WW PP 2; Calories 70; Total Fat 0.3g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 69mg; Total Carbohydrates 13.7g; Dietary Fiber 1.1g; Sugars 12.9g; Protein 4.3g

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Gently adapted from Weed ‘em and Reap.


  • WV Bon Bon Queen

    This sounds really yummy and I am going to try it very soon.