I am constantly struggling to find healthy food that Connor will eat. One of the worst things I ever gave him was those cartoon shaped fruit treats. It started as a bribe to get him to the car in the morning. It is still a serious part of our morning negotiations. Why just yesterday, he lost his treat for repeatedly using me as a bumper car! I am always on the lookout for healthy fruit snacks.
A few weeks ago we ran out and I headed out to see what else I could find . I had my eye on some super healthy organic ones that we had received as free sample and he loved, but alas, they are only available online and for $5 for a box of five! Eghads! And our local grocery store didn’t have the fruit bunnies which are a tad healthier but still pretty pricey. Just as I had been complaining about how horrible these things were after lamenting that there were no other options, another mom posted this recipe on Facebook and I pinned it!
That’s right – I pinned and then I actually made it! It is another Pinterest food challenge from Sandpaper and Glue!
My version of the recipe:
Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks
2/3 cup fresh raspberries
2/3 cup orange juice
a big squirt of honey
5 packages of knox plain gelatin (a smidge less than a tablespoon per pack)
No pictures for this part- cooking with kids and taking pictures is more challenging that you would think!
I boiled the fruit and juice and added the honey at the end. I threw the whole mess in the blender for a few minutes, then let it cool a bit before I added in the gelatin.
I added the gelatin in small amounts, but ended up putting it all back in the blender again because it was so lumpy. If I were to make it again, I might leave it in the blender after it cooked and added the gelatin in there.
1. I poured it in an 8 by 8 glass pan and stuck it in the fridge, trying to keep it level. It was very cloudy and bubbly on top.
2. Once it solidified (quicker than I thought) I was able to slide out the whole thing! Much prettier and shiny – and better color once it cooled, but you can still see the spots of gelatin.
3. It was very easy to slice up and cube.
4. I have stored the cubes in my handy snack containers and keep them in the fridge because they are a bit melty and sticky – however we are in the midst of a heatwave and everything is melty and sticky!
The verdict………. Alas, Connor won’t touch the homemade healthy fruit snacks. I am not sure if he was even willing to try them, Dad made that initial attempt. However, he keeps looking at the picture on pinterest and tells me he wants me to make those. I TRIED to kiddo! Amelia on the other hand, thinks they are great! She is getting pickier and picker down right refusing anything that resembles baby food. Oh how I will miss making baby food! On to toddler finger food recipes! Maybe I will try again with blueberries and apple juice?