We’re big on snacks around here, and I’m always on the lookout for healthy versions. The other day, I came across this recipe for homemade fruit snacks on Pinterest and knew that K would be all over it.
I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, though, which may account for the more watermelon or deep peachy-pink color that resulted as opposed to the vibrant red of the original.
I made a special trip to a natural foods market, but was unsuccessful in procuring the grass-fed gelatin, so I made do with good ole Knox gelatin. K really liked cutting these up.
This is a quick and easy snack to make, and K and M and I devoured them like there was no tomorrow. I like that these taste very natural without the cloying sweetness common in commercial fruit snacks. The strawberry seeds give it a bit of texture and the orange juice I used enhances the sweetness with a touch of underlying tartness.
To make it awesomely healthy, I think this would be delicious with agar agar powder instead of gelatin. And I can think of so many different kinds of fruit that could be used – how yummy would a mango-pineapple-peach fruit snack be?
Here’s what I did to make them:
3 cups quartered strawberries
1/2 cup of orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
4 packets of Knox gelatin
1. Chop up strawberries and place in small sauce pan with 1/2 cup of orange juice. Cook over medium-low heat until softened, about 10 minutes.
2. Place in blender and puree. Pour into a bowl and let cool for a couple of minutes.
3. Add honey and slowly whisk gelatin into hot puree. You’ll have to whisk briskly to get all the lumpy bits out.
4. Once mixed, pour fruit snack mixture into molds or a baking dish. The recipe called for 9×13 inch, but mine was only 7 x 5, and was about 1-inch in depth.
5. Chill in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. Cut out into cute shapes or into squares and pop ’em in your mouth! I keep these in the fridge but apparently they will be edible in an air tight container in room temperature for a few days.