Raise your hand if your kiddo loves fruit snacks! Mine sure does and even though we usually save the store-bought ones for road trips or holidays, I sometimes make them at home when we're needing a little something special. And ever since making these Orange-Honey Fruit Snacks, I've been trying to think of a new take on the snack—one with a little more staying power.
I've probably mentioned this before, but my toddler doesn't love yogurt. She tries it every now and then, but it just doesn't seem to be her favorite. And since it literally is one of my favorite foods—and it's filled with protein, calcium, and probiotics that are good for all of us—I'm always trying to find new ways to serve it. These Fresh Blueberry Gummies are our favorite idea yet!
You can make these with either fresh blueberries or with jam, depending on your preference (the jam method is slightly faster), but both ways result in a pleasing snack for both toddlers and parents. I made these for L one recent day and she loved the butterfly shapes so much that she happily devoured more than I could count. (I tucked the edges into a little mason jar and ate them myself when I needed a protein-packed snack later in the day.) You can avoid the edges if you have a mini silicone mold or simply cut them into tiny squares.
Call them fruit snacks or call them gummies, but either way, this snack (or dessert, depending on the day) is low in sugar and is really easy for little ones to eat. They are firm enough for little hands to hold and yet soft enough for even young eaters to enjoy. We hope you like them as much as we do.
Fresh Blueberry Yogurt Gummies
To make this quicker, you can use 1 tablespoon blueberry (or other fruit) jam in place of the mashed berries. Omit the maple syrup or honey if using jam. 3 packets of gelatin will create firm gummies. To make them softer (they will almost dissolve in their mouths) for younger eaters, reduce it to 2 packets. You may want to taste the mixture before adding it to the pan to make sure it's sweet enough. If you use jam, the sweetness can vary considerably (the homemade kind we use is very sweet). Add more jam or maple syrup as needed.
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 cup whole milk, divided
- 3 packets plain gelatin
- 3/4 cup plain full-fat yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1. Place the berries into a small saucepan and heat on low until the juices just start to run. Remove from heat and mash with a fork or a potato masher and strain out the skins, reserving the liquid. Set aside. (You can save the skins to add to your next smoothie!)
2. Place 1/2 cup milk into an 9x13-inch baking pan or a 9-inch pie plate (you want something with a large surface area). Sprinkle the gelatin over top evenly to dissolve. Let sit for about 3 minutes. Whisk to combine.
3. Warm the remaining 1/2 cup milk in a heat-safe container, such as a glass measuring cup, in the microwave until just about to boil, about 30-45 seconds. Stay close to avoid it boiling over. Whisk the warm milk into the cold milk/gelatin mixture for 1-2 minutes or until very smooth. Add the yogurt, vanilla, maple syrup or honey, and blueberry juice and whisk well to combine.
4. Pour into an 8x8-inch baking pan and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight. Cut into squares or into shapes with your favorite cutter. Store in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container.
Switch out the blueberries for strawberries or raspberries. Or simply use 1 tablespoon jam instead of fruit.
Use a mini silicone mold to make little shapes.
Cut into larger squares and serve like the jigglers you probably grew up eating.
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