These gummies are the closest I’ve come to candy since starting paleo/primal! Not only are they fun to eat, but their ingredients are beyond healthy. These little jellies are actually nourishing, thanks to all of the healthy gelatin and the antioxidants from the blueberries! Most of us don’t get enough of either in our diets, and I couldn’t think of a more enjoyable “supplement” to take.
The balsamic vinegar adds some nice tang, but if you’d like to avoid it for whatever reason (be sure to check the ingredients!), just replace it with any liquid of your choice (water, juice, etc.). And I doubt you’ll need to sweeten these, with all of the natural sugars from the blueberries, so I’d recommend trying it without any added sweeteners the first time, and then if you want you could add one to two tablespoons of honey or maple syrup.
You’ll notice that unlike most gummy recipes out there, I decided not to strain the blueberry mixture. That’s because I believe in eating whole foods whenever possible, and I actually prefer the texture of these, which reminds me of pâte de fruit.
- 4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar*
- 4 tablespoons gelatin
- 1 cup water
*feel free to substitute with liquid of your choice (water, juice)
1) In a pot over medium heat, combine blueberries and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a simmer, and cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the blueberries are soft and have cooked through (may take a little longer if starting from frozen). Remove from the burner.
2) If you have an immersion stick blender, use it to puree the blueberries until completely smooth. Otherwise, allow to cool slightly before transferring to a food processer, puree, then return to the pot. (Can also use a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec).
3) Bloom the gelatin. Pour 1 cup of water into a bowl with a large surface area. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water, making sure it all gets wet (if there are any dry spots, stir it gently, and if it has soaked up all the water but there’s still dry spots, add a little bit of water). Let sit for 5 minutes.
4) If blueberry mixture has cooled, reheat until warm but not boiling. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in bloomed gelatin, until completely dissolved.
5) Transfer blueberry mixture to a 11″x13″ Pyrex pan (or equivalent shallow dish). Allow the mixture to come to room temperature. Then place in the fridge to set.
6) The gelatin should take approximately 2 hours to set. You can cut fun shapes out of the gelatin using aspic cutters or just cut it into squares. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.