Gummy bears are one of those lollies that I won't let the kids eat (here's why
). And yet I secretly love them myself. I love the chewy texture when you bite into those little guys, but I won't eat them because they're so full of crap.
I happened to be cruising the web a while ago, probably looking for something completely different, when I came across a recipe for home made gummies, and thought - I have got to try that. So I did, and the first couple of tries were disastrous (think runny orange jelly). But I kept trying, and eventually came up with the coconut strawberry version that I'm sharing here.
The best part about this recipe for me is that I've been trying to add gelatin
to my diet for a while, but I just couldn't seem to get to grips with it. I tried mixing it with juice and smoothies, drinking it with water, and adding it to soups and stews. The last one was most successful, but it's hard to eat enough soups and stews to get much gelatin into your diet.
These jelly treats are easy (too easy!) to eat, they're super yummy, my kids love them, and they're pretty easy to make.
The strawberry coconut jelly treats are ideal if you're following the Paleo
diet. And they're also great if you're like me, just trying to find treats for your kids that aren't full of crap.
The jelly squares come out pretty solid, so they won't melt in a lunchbox, which makes them a perfect treat for school. They're also great for a kids party, because you can make them ahead of time.
I happen to love coconut cream, which is why I've done two flavour layers, but you can do just the one.
I use coconut cream because it's easier to find coconut cream that's 100% pure. I find that coconut milk tends to have additives, and I don't want that. If you do use coconut cream, thin it with a little milk as it makes it much easier to work with. If you're using coconut milk, you don't need to add water. Just increase the amount of coconut milk to around 375mls.
This recipe also works really well with mango, and if I ever see a bag of passionfruit that I don't have to remortgage my house for I'll be adding them to the mango mix, too.
They'll keep for up to two weeks in the fridge, or pop them into the freezer to keep for up to 3 months.
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