Homemade All-Natural Citrus Fruit Snacks (My Kids Love These!)
Kids love sweet treats. It’s too bad they’re loaded with sugar, trans-fats, and preservatives that ruin their health. Recent health studies show that consuming as little as 27-grams of sugar per day is toxic for the health of your children. However, that doesn’t stop people from buying candy and sweet snacks that rot their kid’s teeth and invite obesity.
What if you could make your own tasty and healthy candy right in your kitchen? It’s a game-changer that satisfies your children’s sweet tooth while keeping your conscious clear. Our recipe for all-natural citrus fruit snacks is the perfect sugar-free recipe that contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
Okay, let’s get started with your sweet citrus snacks. Take a small saucepan and combine a cup and a half of fresh squeezed orange juice with 4-tablespoons of unflavored gelatin powder. The orange juice forms the base of the flavor; it doesn’t matter which species of orange you use. Our personal favorite is a ripe navel orange.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C, so this recipe has the additional benefit of giving your children a dose of this powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps the body with new cell generation. The polyphenol antioxidants in oranges patrol your children’s bloodstream removing free-radicals. These nasty compounds create cell death through oxidation, and vitamin C eliminates them from the blood. (1)
Gelatin is a form of protein that’s derived from collagen, another protein found in animal bones and cartilage. To manufacture gelatin, food suppliers use a process called hydrolyzation to extract the gelatin from collagen. (2)
Heat the juice and gelatin mixture over low heat until everything’s dissolved and remove it from the heat. Add a ¼-cup of agave syrup. The agave provides the mix with a sweet taste and removes the slightly bitter aftertaste from the orange juice. Make sure the mixture is even and keep stirring until you obtain an even consistency.
Pour the mixture out into silicon molds and store it in the fridge until it cools and firms up. All that’s left to do is sample one of the sweet treats before giving them to your kids. Enjoy!
P.S. – It’s great to involve your kids with at-home recipes and DIY activities to keep them busy. These days, too much screen time is all too common. The next time your friends reach for their beloved iPad, tell them to make some homemade slime with you instead. I bet that will pique their interest!
1 ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
4 tbsp unflavored gelatin powder
¼ cup agave syrup or to taste
1. In a small saucepan combine the orange juice and gelatin powder then let them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
2. Heat the mixture over low heat until everything has dissolved, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and add the agave syrup.
4. Mix to combine.
5. Pour into silicon moulds and refrigerate for minimum six hours or overnight to set.
6. Unmold and serve.
7. Keep the fruit snacks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 1 week.