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Healthy Homemade Fruit Snack Recipes



Fruit snacks are processed fruits, could be deposited, gummed, freeze dried, or air dried fruits, and taken as snacks. Fruit snacks also commonly known as fruity snacks, or fruit flavored snacks.

Fruit snacks are adored by kids, teens, and even adults. But do these chewy fruit snacks really healthy?

Fruit Snack - Are They Really Healthy?

healthy fruit snackThe packaging of fruit snacks give us with the impression that they are healthy snacks option, but in fact, not all of the fruit snacks are healthy. Many packaged fruit snacks have been processed in such a way that they have lost most of their original nutrition value. They are made of high fructose corn syrup and food coloring, no much different than candy. Moreover, some packaged fruit snacks are not using real dried fruits but merely the snacks that are “fruit flavored”.

Some fruit snacks packaging claims they contain Vitamin C or even real fruit juice. You may think that it can be a good way to add vitamin C into your kids’ diet since they aren’t eat much fruits. But think about it again! They are still sticky sweet products. How much sugar are you handing over to your kids?

The Healthier Solution - Homemade Fruit Snack

There are definitely healthier snacks out there. But kids love those chewy, fruity bites. Instead of choosing the packaged fruit snacks, do you know you can make homemade, healthy fruit snack?

Yes, this homemade fruit snack recipe will gives you a healthier fruit snacks made from whole fruit. Not only that, there is no artificial food coloring and dyes, the fruit themselves make the coloring. Also, there is no syrup, no artificial sugar, and sweetened only with a little bit of honey.

How To Make Healthy Homemade Fruit Snack

Kids love helping in the kitchen too! This homemade fruit snack recipe is simple and you can always get your kids involved.

  1. Simple Homemade Fruit Snack
  2. Homemade Vegetarian Fruit Snack

Easy Healthy Recipe #1: Simple Homemade Fruit Snack

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups berries (can be frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (or orange juice)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup gelatin powder

Preparation directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the berries and lemon juice. Heat them over medium-low, bring to boil, stirring occasionally and cook until berries begin to soften. This should take around 5 minutes.
  2. Use an immersion blender to puree the berries until smooth, or transfer them into a blender. Set aside and let it cools slightly.
  3. Stir in honey. Then, whisk in the gelatin powder a little at a time so it doesn't clump up. Keep stirring until gelatin completely dissolves.
  4. Pour into a glass or ceramic baking dish. (You can also make them more interesting to kids by using some cute molds to create awesome shapes.) Refrigerate for about 2 hours to let it set. Remove from fridge and cut into squares (or pop the fruit snacks out of the mold).

Now your healthy homemade fruit snacks are ready. Enjoy, and don't feel guilty about serving them to your kids!

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Easy Healthy Recipe #2: Homemade Vegetarian Fruit Snack

Animal derived gelatin is always a concern to vegan. But it does not means that a vegan can’t have his/her healthy homemade fruit snacks. Agar powder, which is a natural thickener made from seaweed, can often been used in place of gelatin.

Agar powder has a more powerful gelling agent compared to gelatin, so do not expect the same amount of agar powder to replace gelatin in the recipe. The amount of agar powder to be used is slightly less than gelatin powder. Also, the texture is slightly different, whereby gelatin gives a slightly more “creamy” texture while agar powder will usually result in a firmer and jiggly texture.

Unlike gelatin, agar powder needs to be heated for sometime with water or juice to get dissolved. So the preparation method for vegetarian fruit snack will be slightly different.

These are what you will need as the ingredients for a very healthy homemade vegetarian fruit snack.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened fruit juice (you can blend the fresh fruits to get the juice)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons agar powder (you may also use agar flakes *)

Preparation directions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the juice over medium-low heat.
  2. Once juice is hot, add in agar powder and stir slightly.
  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Keep at simmer and stir constantly for 5 minutes, until agar powder completely dissolved.
  4. Add in honey, stirring well. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour into candy molds or baking dish. Cool for 2 hours or until fruit snack firm.

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Suggestions and variations

For vegetarian fruit snack, if you can't get agar powder, agar flakes can be used too. However, in order to use agar flakes in this healthy fruit snack recipe, longer simmer time is needed in order to make sure agar flakes dissolved in the juice.

If you would prefer your fruit snacks to taste sweeter, you may consider to add a little applesauce to the recipe.

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