Two years ago, I started experimenting with gelatin by making my own healthy versions of jello and fruit snacks. I loved both jello and fruit snacks as a kid but wasn’t interested in anything that contained artificial dyes, artificial sweeteners, and large amounts of sugar.
The debate over food dyes is usually a heated one. Some would argue that artificial dyes are not bad and that they are FDA approved. But, if you knew that there was a slight possibility that consuming red #40 could cause hyperactivity in your child and that the dye is made from petroleum and is a carcinogen, would you still give it to your child? Or, would you do whatever means possible to prevent it from entering into your child’s mouth?
Did you know that the same brand of jello has a warning label on it in other countries like Europe? Here’s a snap shot. Photo credit: You can also read more about the ugly truth on jello by reading this article from FoodBabe.
I don’t know about you but a company who puts warnings on their consumable products about the ingredients is doing it for a reason. And I would rather be safe than sorry.
The first few times I made homemade jello my daughter and husband gladly ate it but it definitely wasn’t a hit or crowd pleaser. Like the time, I made a big bowl of it for a family gathering but no one took seconds. 🙁
Thankfully, I kept trying and realized two things:
- My base needed to be a healthy gelatin filled with protein.
- Adding a healthy sweetener to the recipe is perfectly okay.
I continued to play with fruit combinations and found that M-A-N-G-O Fruit Snacks is where it’s at. 🙂 Mango is not only a vibrant color but mangos are naturally very sweet when they are ripe, making them perfect for homemade fruit snacks.
Homemade Mango Fruit Snacks
These homemade mango fruit snacks are clean and made using whole foods. They are actually nutritious. Gelatin, is a high protein food with significant nutritional value. Read the below list of benefits of organic gelatin according to Mamanatural.
Organic Gelatin Benefits Include:
- Improves digestion by drawing gastric juices to itself
- Helps joint and cartilage health since it contains supportive proteins
- Heals intestinal track by coating and calming irritation and inflammation
I highly recommend organic beef gelatin so that you know the meat wasn’t from animals that were filled with antibiotics and hormones. I love Now Foods Beef Gelatin. It’s a good price point and non-GMO.
These Homemade Mango Fruit Snacks are juicy with a tropical sweetness. There is no reason to limit these fruit snacks to just an occasional snack and it’s perfect for little kids that need more protein.
I love them because studies have shown that gelatin boots collagen which means less cellulite and wrinkles for this mama. 🙂
And the recipe is really easy. Double Bonus!! If you want a really easy way to peel the mango check out this Mango Ice Cream recipe I made for Keeper of the Home.
Homemade Mango Fruit Snacks
Author: Allison Kuslikis
*You will want to have all of your ingredients measured and ready to go since you will be working fast.
Cut mango in half and peel mango skin. Cut chunks of mango until you have 1 cup worth. Place chopped mango in food processor until smooth.
Measure 1/3 cup of beef gelatin and set aside.
In a small saucepan, pour 1 cup of juice and honey and on low heat. The lower the heat the better. Once the honey and juice our warm, pour in mango puree and pour in gelatin. (Again, your liquid mixture should not be boiling only warm.) Too hot of a temperature will cause the gelatin to harden before dissolving creating hard gelatin chunks in your mixture. Use an immersion blender for best results but not a necessity.
Once gelatin is completely dissolved (it will begin to thicken), pour gelatin mixture into prepared molds.
Place gelatin in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes (until hard) depending on your size of mold. Scoop fruit snacks out of the mold and eat.
Store fruit snacks in the fridge in a container with a lid.
Calories per serving: 14.72 kcal
Fat per serving: 0.03 g
Saturated fat per serving: 0.01 g
Carbs per serving: 2.51 g
Protein per serving: 1.35 g
Fiber per serving: 0.11 g
Sugar per serving: 2.4 g
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