Are you a parent who likes to find creative ways to feed your kiddos? Well then this post is for you! The idea was brought to me by my enterprising sister. She is an excellent cook and homemaker. Her name is Emily but I affectionately refer to her as Martha Stewart. She is often thinking of fun and healthy ways to nourish her toddlers.👩🍳💭 They both really enjoy gummy snacks. However, one day she looked at the ingredient list on the packaging and grew concerned. From there, she resolved to simply make her own.
She did a little research and found the necessary equipment on Amazon. She decided on a dinosaur theme and subsequently ordered the trays and droppers. She and her tykes had a blast making these super cute little dinosaurs. Now I’m convinced to try homemade candies myself! However, I may veer toward the chocolate route….to be continued. Meanwhile, Emily has kindly provided her recipe, instructions and tips below. They are delicious, healthy and kiddo approved.🧒👦👍 Happy snacking! 😋🦖🦕
Dinosaur Gummy Snacks
Recipe by Emily Oliver
You will need: 3/4 cup of juice (any will work but I picked V8 Fusion because it has veggies too)
1/4 cup puréed veggies (again any will do. You can purée your own but baby food is so much easier! I used puréed butternut squash the first time and the mixture of apple pear and broccoli the second time. If you use a plain bitter veggie I would probably add a T of honey.)
2 packages of powdered gelatin located by the jello (approximately 2 TBS)
To prepare: Start by pouring 1/4 cup of the juice in a bowl and pouring the 2 gelatin packs over it. (This is called blooming). This keeps it from causing lumps and helps it dissolve.🤷♀️ I figured heat would do this but evidently not. Take the remaining juice and the puréed veggies and cook in a small pot on the stove until it’s almost boiling. Remove from heat. Now add the gelatin blooming thing that will be pretty solid jelly. Whisk it in until smooth. Then using dropper put liquid in gummy molds filling to the top. Refrigerate for 2 hours then freeze for 15 minutes. Then push gummies out. If you don’t have a gummy mold you can pour in a glass dish and cut in squares. Just spray the dish with coconut oil first. Store them in the fridge. They keep 5-6 days.
Mood Ring Kitchen
I’m a self teaching home cook and aspiring foodie entrepreneur. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to prepare flavorful food such as snacks, desserts and everything in between. Cooking is a way for me to challenge myself and satisfy curiosities about different ingredients.
The hope is to produce something thoughtful, memorable or every once in a while maybe even wonderful. I enjoy following my “gut” and exploring new recipes that can be comforting, exciting and nourishing. Above all else, I enjoy exploring the emotions surrounding food and writing about those experiences. 😝👩🍳👩💻