May I just say for my fellow mothers-of-children-with-special-diets: irately glaring at the snack aisle of the grocery store does nothing but add wrinkles to your forehead.
Once I got over my irritation, I decided to solicit the help from my more positive, thrifty, and creative side to make a snack that was not only healthy, but was certain to fit all the criteria for my special-diet-daughter.
Making your own Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks can be economical (since you're thrifty too and use fruit in season). Plus you know there will be no question that it's made with "real fruit" (and a little veggies too) and will be safe and healthy for your kiddos.
These are made with gelatin, which has been proven to be very beneficial for skin, hair, nails, arthritis, bone health, and is very helpful to those with leaky gut or other intestinal problems...like crohn's and/or celiac.
P.S. You can use an adorable mold like this flower one or just rub some coconut oil in the bottom of a bread pan and cut into cubes once it's set.
Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks
Strawberry, Pear, Carrot Fruit Snacks
*Organic ingredients are best whenever possible.
1 cup pureed strawberries (Any berry would work)
1/2 cup pureed pear (or applesauce)
1/4 cup carrot juice, cold
1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp. honey (or to taste)
1/4 cup gelatin powder ( Most gelatin powders will work, but this is a really good one from pasture-raised beef gelatin)
Get creative when it comes to the many combinations you can put together with seasonal fruit and veggies:
Hot Pink Peach-Raspberry (with beet juice)
Green Apple (applesauce and spinach)
Kiwi-Mango with coconut water, etc.
If you have a juicer and/or a blender then the possibilites are endless!
Prepare a large bread pan-sized pan with a little coconut oil rubbed on the bottom and sides or have your silicon mold out and ready.
Puree fruit and strain seeds if needed with a mesh strainer
In a small saucepan heat the water until it begins to boil.
While that's working, in a bowl whisk the gelatin with the cold carrot juice.
Pour the boiling water into the carrot juice-gelatin mixture and quickly stir together.
Add the honey and pureed fruit and berries. Whisk everything together.
Pour into the mold or pan.
Place in the fridge for 2 hours to set before cutting into cubes or removing from mold. (You may need to place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes if using the mold to help them come out easier).
Store in small snack baggies in the fridge for up to two weeks.