When the Sugarfina and Pressed Juicery green juice gummy bears rolled through our office, we were, in a word, obsessed. What is it about cute chewy bears that can turn a bunch of grown women into fawning children? Why are sweets better in gummy form?
Unanswerable questions, truly, but we did know one thing: We wanted more. Luckily, making homemade gummies is far easier than you think and takes little to no skill. When you make them yourselves, you can infuse them with even greater benefits, using grass-fed gelatin that helps to heal and seal your gut-lining (gelatin and the uber-trendy collagen are similar in their effects on the body, but only gelatin will make things gel, so be sure to buy that). When they're combined with vitamin-packed green juice, you'll have the healthiest (and most Instagrammable) dessert at any Memorial Day festivity.
Green Juice Gummy Bears
- 1 cup green juice of choice (you can buy one or make your own—just keep in mind that this is exactly what your finished gummies will taste like, so take a sip. If it's too sour, add a bit of honey or maple syrup to sweeten)
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin (we like Vital Proteins, Bulletproof, and Great Lakes)
In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat green juice (and sweetener, if using) until very warm but not boiling. Whisking constantly, sprinkle in gelatin a little at a time, continuing to whisk until all gelatin is incorporated and mixture is very smooth (spoon out and discard any stray chunks). Pour into gummy bear molds (we like these), mini muffin tins, or a Pyrex (you can cut out bite-size pieces later), then pop into the fridge to let harden for 3 to 4 hours. Makes about 100 gummy bears. Store in fridge for 3 to 4 days.
Liz Moody is an author, blogger and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody has written two cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. She also hosts the Healthier Together Podcast, where she chats with notable chefs, nutritionists, and best-selling authors about their paths to success. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Food & Wine & Women’s Health.