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. 🙂
I would love to hear from you. If you give this recipe a try, please let me know by giving the recipe a rating and leaving a comment.