Healthy Gummy Bears are a gut healthy, gluten + refined sugar free, paleo treat that are perfect for those who have a serious sweet tooth. Made with only 3 ingredients and done in less than 15 minutes – you’ll love them! This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins + was originally published in July of 2016. The photos +content have been updated since.
I’ve got a confession to make…. I have a major sweet tooth. Not just like have a little piece of candy here or there sort of sweet tooth… It’s more like an eat an entire bag of Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids in one sitting sort of sweet tooth. That’s why I love this healthy gummy bear recipe. These healthy gummy bears are simple to make, they taste amazing, and they have a good amount of protein in them! I thought it would be nearly impossibly to make a gummy bear recipe healthy… but it was surprisingly simple.
I don’t know what it is about candy… Well I do.. (I mean there are countless studies that talk about how addictive sugar is).. but once I open a bag of candy I seriously can’t stop. I partially blame Tyler for this. Before we started dating – super sweet candy did nothing for me.. He, on the other hand – has had a huge sweet tooth his whole life. When we first started dating he would eat boxes of Swedish fish like it was nothing (not all the time, obviously – we spaced it out with some veggies here and there).
My candy of choice has always been gummy bears (after chocolate, obviously). On top of being super delicious, they’re so cute! Who doesn’t like a gummy bear?
Even though they’re super cute (and tasty)… their ingredients list is less than impressive. Most gummy bears have Corn Syrup, Sugar, Dextrose, Artificial Flavors, and Artificial Colors. Which I’m really not a fan of. Of course, we believe in everything in moderation, and we definitely enjoy these things every once in a while.. but if you’re like me and you really love to indulge in sweets- you’re going to need a better solution.
Enter: Healthy Gummy Bears.
On top of having waaaay better ingredients, these gummy bears taste so good. It’s hard to believe that they’re actually good for you.
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I made these gummy bears with Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin. Before you let your mind run.. I know beef gelatin in candy sounds strange, but don’t knock it til’ ya try it. Similar to collagen (which I wrote about and made Healthy Tropical Baked Oatmeal with) gelatin has a number of health benefits.
Gelatin has been found to support your hair, skin + nails as well as your joints. Most importantly, it can also help your digestion + ‘gut health’. Gelatin also has a significant amount of protein (17g per serving). For even more benefits – checkout this list from GrassFedGirl. She has done extensive research on the topic and explains everything you might want to know about gelatin + all of the benefits. In addition to all of the health benefits, all of Vital Proteins products are pasture raised, grass-fed, and have no additives or preservatives – which means you can feel good about taking them.
Tips for How to Make Healthy Gummy Bears:
- Experiment with different flavors – We love trying different juices and adjusting the amount of honey to test the sweetness. Our favorite juices to use are orange and pomengranate
- Get good molds – These silicone gummy bear molds are the best and so easy to use/clean!
- Have patience! These take much more time than running into the store and grabbing a bag of candy, but I promise they are the best healthy gummy bears and SO worth it!
Gummy bears that have 3 ingredients, help your hair/skin/nails, improve your gut health AND have protein in them?! Yepppp. We went there.
I’m curious if any of you have ever tried to recreate a not-so-healthy candy? Was it successful? I was scared to try and make these, but they were so easy to make. They would be perfect for giving to kids to trick them into eating something healthy – or for a DIY Easter Candy!
Things I used for this recipe:
How to Make Natural Gummy Bears:
Healthy Gummy Bears
Healthy Gummy Bears are a gut healthy, gluten + refined sugar free, paleo treat that are perfect for those who have a serious sweet tooth. Made with only 3 ingredients and done in less than 15 minutes - you'll love them!
- 1 cup fruit juice (orange or pomegranate are our favorites)
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
In a pan, bring the juice and honey to a boil
Add the gelatin and mix in rapidly with a whisk until it is fully dissolved.
Pour into molds and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes (for easy transport, place the silicone mold on a cookie sheet).
Take out and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for freshness
Nutrition Facts: (per 1 serving - 15 gummy bears) 40 Calories, Protein: 3g, Fat: 0g: Carbs: 8g
You can view the nutrition facts for this on My Fitness Pal here.