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Homemade Fruit Snacks Recipe

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Homemade Fruit Snacks Recipe Hip2Save

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!).

Ingredients for fruit snacks

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Ingredients:

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)

How to make homemade fruit snacks hip2save

Directions:

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.

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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!

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 55

  1. liz

    Can’t wait to try these! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome, enjoy!

  2. Meg F

    What a GREAT idea Love your posts! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Meg!!

  3. Diana

    These look sooo yummy! ☀️

  4. CW

    this.looks.awesome!

  5. Suzyq

    Hi Lina, do you think frozen fruit would work as well??

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Sorry forgot to mention that 🙂

      • Suzyq

        Perfect thank you so much!!

  6. Nl

    LOVE this!

  7. MomC

    Thank you for this great healthy recipe … my kids will surely love them =)

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome, enjoy!

  8. Linda

    I will be trying this for sure! Thank you. My kids love fruit snacks but I would feel so much better offering them these.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome!

  9. Rae

    We ordered dinosaur, heart, & animal silicone molds for just this use! We are using them to promote gut health and got the great lakes brand gelatin. good stuff and healthy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome!

  10. Lori Stevens

    Since I spend way too much money on sugary fruit snacks, I am excited to try this recipe. Lina, thank you for sharing recipes that are both healthy and kid-friendly!

  11. Jennifer B.

    I wish I were related to Lina and she lived right next door so I could benefit from all her expertise (and taste test even her “failures,” as I’m thinking they are still pretty exceptional)!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh ha thanks! I definitely have my share of recipe and project fails! 🙂

    • Tammy

      I was just wishing the same thing Jennifer B!!!

      • Jennifer B.

        c:

  12. Jessica B

    Cool!!!! Looks great!

  13. Jen

    These look great! Do they last longer this way? Berries spoil so quick, this would be a great way to prolong their life!

  14. Stephanie Baker

    Do you think these would freeze well?

  15. Rebecca in TX

    My favorite blend is to use bananas with lemon juice. I’ve done Strawberries, strawberries with peaches and strawberries with mixed berries too (using all frozen fruit). I’ve also used homemade Starbucks Passion Tea with lemonade to turn these into even healthier snacks.

    • Rebecca in TX

      With my “Starbucks” batch, there’s not any fruit so they are super low-cal and filled with good-for-you gelatin.

  16. shalini

    Is there any alternative to gelatin?

    • Jennifer

      I second that- these look great but is there a way to make them without gelatin? I know my kids would love them.

  17. Tera @ Adventures in Mommy-hood

    I’ve seen recipes for homemade fruit snacks before, but never tried them. I think I will now because my middlest son LOVES fruit snacks (I don’t buy them anymore because they’re horrible nutritionally). The only real fruit he will eat is apples and grapes. This will get him eating more real fruit–yay! Thank you, Lina 🙂

  18. Zosia

    Lina, do you have any veggie snacks for really picky toddlers? Thank you!

    • Heidi

      You could always experiment with hiding some sweet potatoes or carrots in this recipe.

  19. Jennifer

    Oh this is great after all that Easter candy we have had lately. Excited to try this one! Thanks Lina!

  20. Jennifer

    Zosia, have u ever tried kale chips? Or I alway grind up a bunch of spinach and ” hide” it in my spaghetti sauce.

    • Zosia

      Havent tried kale chips… How do you make it?
      And hiding in the pasta usually works perfect with one of them. The girl doesnt miss the trick 🙁

  21. Jennifer

    This is brilliant!! I’ve got a picky 13 year old that has very little on his list of “will eat.” Do you have a pop tart recipe you could let us in on? I hate him eating processed food – would rather make a scratch version 😉

    • Maureen

      Heavenly Homemaker has a pop tart recipes on her website. I haven’t tried it, but I like some of her other recipes.

    • Lisa

      Easy way to do the homemade pop tart dough is to use the pie crust in the cooler at the grocery store.

  22. Colene Pefley

    I make fruit snacks with fruit juice and gelatin for my kids’ lunches, but this looks yummy! I am going to try this one! I love making stuff from scratch for the kiddos.

  23. Debi

    This is great. Did you know that Fruit Snacks — ounce per ounce — have THREE TIMES more sugar than the same amount of regular soda! These seem better!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No! That’s crazy.

  24. Katie

    My husband and I are just little kids in adult bodies and LOVE fruit snacks, but I hate all the ‘sugar snacks’ companies try to pass as snacks made from fruit. Did the honey do anything to the texture? I’m allergic to honey, so I was wondering if I could use stevia instead.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I just used it to sweeten so I think that’d work too!

      • Katie

        Awesome, thanks for these amazing posts 🙂

  25. Christine

    Lina you are the best! I can’t wait to make! I made your slow cooker meals last night. The Chkn teriyaki was a hit. Thank you so much for taking the time to create and post these great recipes!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yeah! Great news 🙂 thanks for telling us!

  26. Ashley

    These look great! Can’t wait to try it out!

  27. sandon sabetta

    I like this recipe, I just made them this morning and after trying them they were a little tart, it could have been due to the fact that by berries were not super juicy and sweet so i did add some sugar and extra honey, at least there is some fruit servings in with the sugar, next time i might try peaches for a more sweeter gummy. 🙂

  28. Desiree

    These we’re not at all what I imagined 🙁 Thank you for the easy recipe, but I attempted 2 batches (thinking I maybe botched the first one somehow or used too much gelatin-I think 5 packets is too much. The last batch I used less gelatin (3 packets only) and it came out better, but still a little weird and too jello like for me. I think I will attempt just dried fruit roll ups next time. My son ate a few of these, but did not ask for more and declined when I offered them up again.

    • Nakeli

      Yeah I would say these are more like fruit jellies than fruit snack texture wise. I used 4 packets and thought maybe I used too little because it wasn’t as firm as I thought it would be.

  29. Sheena

    Just wondering if you could freeze these after they are made?

  30. Madeline

    Would i be able to use vegetable juice instead of fruit juice if i wanted? I have lots of beat juice..

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