If your kids love fruit snacks like mine do, this is one recipe you’ll definitely want to try! This easy homemade Fruit Snacks recipe offers a healthier alternative to the store-bought version by using 100% real fruit and only ingredients you can pronounce!
I’ve experimented with several different recipes using juice, pureed fruit, and powdered gelatin. The ratio of fruit, liquid, and gelatin below yielded the best results for me resulting in a sweet, fruity, and chewy snack. I used berries but you can use your own desired variety of fruit (note that I’ve read that pineapple does not set as well!).
Homemade Fruit Snacks
1 and 1/2 cups pureed fruit (I used 1/2 lb strawberries, 6oz. blueberries, and 6oz. raspberries)
5 packets or 1/4 cup of unflavored gelatin powder
2 Tablespoons honey
3 Tablespoons fruit juice (I used orange juice)
Puree fruit in a food processor or blender. Pour it into a medium sized saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in juice and honey. Heat until it starts to bubble and slowly add the gelatin powder whisking continually until combined. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish, or small silicone candy molds if you desire specific shapes like stars, dinosaurs, hearts, Lego men, etc. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
After the mixture sets, cut around the sides of the pan with a knife and slide a spatula underneath and place on a cutting board. Cut snacks into small pieces to serve. Store fruit snacks in the fridge for up to a week.
These fruit snacks were popular in my house and make a great addition to school lunches. My kids loved them and I hope yours do too. It’s a great way to use up fruit that may be going bad and will be even less expensive with summer berries!