Sweet, chewy and bursting with strawberry flavor, these gummies are a perfect treat for the warmer months. Unlike traditional gummy candies, which are mostly filled with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, food dyes and “natural flavors” (which, are usually not so natural), these gummies are actually gut healing thanks to the ingredient that helps them set: gelatin.
Maybe you’ve heard of collagen - it’s trending right now in the health world. Gelatin is similar to collagen - it’s actually made from it (and in case you didn’t know, both are made from animal parts including skin, bones and tissue, so if you’re vegan or vegetarian, these superfoods may not be for you).
The gelatinous quality of gelatin that makes it useful for gummies, desserts and more is also what makes it beneficial when we consume it. Gelatin is slower to digest, meaning it moves through the GI tract further and coats the small intestine, which helps heal the gut. It also contains protein and amino acids like glycine that strengthen the gut lining and therefore lower inflammation in the body.
Additionally, the sticky, glue-like quality of gelatin can support the formation of strong cartilage or connective tissues, which is why it and collagen are touted as beauty and youth superfoods (think younger, more supple skin and joints).
Especially if you’re dealing with gut issues like me, gelatin is an awesome food to work into your diet to support your healing efforts. And if you don’t have gut issues? Well I suggest trying out these gummies anyways because they’re mega delicious and FUN!
Strawberry Rhubarb Gummies
1 pint strawberries, stems removed and sliced
3 stalks rhubarb, chopped
2 tbsp full fat coconut milk (ideally one with no guar gum, like the one I’ve linked)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup gelatin (important to use a quality source of gelatin, I’ve linked the brand I mostly use!)
2-3 tsp honey (optional, omit if you’re on any specific protocol like low FODMAP, SCD, etc)
Add strawberries and rhubarb to a small saucepan over medium heat. Let cook until everything has broken down (about 10-15 minutes). Let mix cool for a few minutes.
Pour the fruit mixture into your high speed blender or food processor. Add in the coconut milk, vanilla and honey (if using) and blend until smooth.
Let mixture cool for a few minutes, then add the gelatin to the blender and blend again until smooth. Immediately pour into a 9 x 9 inch baking dish and refrigerate until the mixture is set (30 - 45 minutes). Slice into squares or other fun shapes and enjoy immediately. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Have you USED gelatin before?
If so, what did you make? If not, are you open to trying this gut-healing superfood? Leave a comment below and let me know!