Yummy Gummy Candy (sugar free) and How “Ew” Turned to “Yum”

Need a healthy snack that's easy to take on the go? This Super Healthy Gummy Candy is loaded with tons of nutrition so you can feel good about serving to your kids anytime! We make several batches of these every time we make them because they are gone in a flash. They're sugar free and high in protein.

I’m always looking for healthy snacks that I can make in a jiffy like these no-bake cookies,  no-bake chocolate mint bars, kale chips, homemade “JELLO®” and healthy chocolate truffles.  This recipe for Homemade Gummies fits the bill and is from Candace from Candida-Free Candee (a blog that is sadly no longer operating).  The narrative is hers.

“Eeewww”, was all I could say.

I had just been told that the gelatin in gummies was made from animals.

That really grossed me out.

Why did we need to make candy out of animals?

Gelatin is “Ew”

It enraged me–first they try to sneak in undesirable animal parts into hot dogs and now into my candy!?!

Who did they think they were? I mean, I only ate the well-trimmed “gift-wrapped” cuts of meat like chicken breast.

No thighs for me.

And don’t even try putting a whole chicken in my grocery cart–gross! When someone once suggested that stores may be sneaking organ meat into my extra lean ground beef it enraged me even more!

Give me the nice, easy cuts and just discard the rest….right?

Gelatin is — “Yum”?

Well, at Least It Has Health Benefits

Fast forward five years and my perspective has completely changed. I now applaud those who eat “undesirable” cuts and find ways to use more of the animals we eat. I mean, if you’re not vegan or vegetarian and are going to choose to eat animals why not show a little respect by wasting as little as possible.

My progress is a bit slow on being more adventurous with cuts of meat, but I can say I have been exploring gelatin and it’s uses more. I recently read that gelatin can help with candida, leaky gut syndrome and a bevy of other intestinal and health woes, and that stopped me in my tracks!

I recently started reading Nourishing Traditions (NT) and the information about gelatin was fascinating! What I learned is that raw foods are hydrophilic, meaning they attract water, whereas cooked foods are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water.

Therefore, raw foods are easier to digest and digest more completely because they attract liquid in the form of digestive juices. {Note, from Adrienne–I’ve heard from some practitioners that raw foods are, in fact, easier to digest–in fact, the GAPS diet, which I talked about in this post, starts off with broth and cooked vegetables only.}

That being said, cooked foods containing gelatin will digest more easily because gelatin itself is hydrophilic, even when heated. This means that when gelatin is consumed with cooked foods, it draws the juices to itself, much like what happens when uncooked food is eaten.


This property of gelatin helps move food through the digestive system properly and efficiently.

Gelatin also contains Glycine, an amino acid, which stimulates the secretions of gastric acid in the stomach. This promotes proper digestion and aids in the breaking down of proteins.

Incomplete or impeded digestion of proteins can (according to the Weston A. Price Foundation) contribute to a variety of aliments from food allergies, intestinal infections and candida, to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne and the list doesn’t stop there.

Equally as impressive; gelatin can actually help repair and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, which is glorious news for those of us dealing with candida and the aftermath of leaky gut syndrome. According to this site, “Gelatin is reported to seal and heal any damage it finds by lining the gastrointestinal tract and nourishing the rapidly-growing mucous membranes.” That sounds great, now let’s get me some gelatin!

NT, and most sources, indicate that the best way to get gelatin into your diet is via homemade broths and sauces (which is a traditional culinary practice abandoned only in recent history).

Enter — The Homemade Gummies

In the meantime, there are other delicious ways to up your gelatin intake. These include drinking it in hot water with a little lemon, adding it to popsicles like my Key Lime Coconut Milk Popsicles, adding it to homemade ice creams, making Homemade Jello®, or making Homemade Gummy Candy! That’s right–Homemade Gummies. I was through the roof excited to discover a recipe I could alter to suit my needs. These candies can be made quickly and easily without sugar (three huge thumbs up for those of us battling candida!)

The candida-friendly version (lemon) is reminiscent of a perfectly sweet, yet tangy, lemonade. The non-candida versions taste their best when made with no-sugar-added fruit juice concentrate. The flavour was just not strong enough for me using diluted fruit juices or pureed fruits, but play around–those options may just suit your tastes!

In terms of which brand of gelatin to use, I recommend Great Lakes. They use pasture-fed cows that are not treated with antibiotics or hormones and are free of many allergens as well as MSG.

This recipe for Homemade Gummies was adapted from this recipe.

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Need a healthy snack that's easy to take on the go? This Super Healthy Gummy Candy is loaded with tons of nutrition so you can feel good about serving to your kids anytime! We make several batches of these every time we make them because they are gone in a flash. They're sugar free and high in protein.


4.6 from 5 reviews
Homemade Gummies (sugar free)
Recipe type: Desserts-Candy
Cuisine: Sugar-Free
This healthy gummy candy is easy to make and much better for you than the store bought gummies. Full of good nutrition, plus they're gluten and sugar free!
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice, or no sugar added fruit juice concentrate of your choice (from Adrienne: I use Dream Organic). Use lemon or lime for a low-carb option.
  • 3 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin, such as Great Lakes (vegans can use agar-agar powder)
  • liquid stevia, to taste (I used 30-40 drops) (see Homemade Liquid Stevia) Substitute other sweeteners as desired. We use stevia extract often.
  1. Whisk all ingredients in a small sauce pan.
  2. Heat over low heat until mixture loses its "applesauce" consistency and starts to liquify.
  3. Pour into moulds. (I like to transfer the mixture to an easy-pour container first to avoid spills, especially if you have small moulds!)
  4. Allow gummies to set. You can either do this by placing moulds on a flat surface in the freezer, fridge or on the counter. The freezer is your quickest option and will take about 10-15 minutes to set.
  5. Remove from moulds and store in the fridge in an air tight container. These will last about two weeks, although the texture becomes firmer over time, they are still delicious!
I made WAY too many of these for my daughters' birthday so I stuck them in the freezer and a month later they were still good!


These Homemade Gummies are GREAT out of the freezer!  Note that these do not do well in very hot weather.  We once took them to a fair and we ended up with liquid gummies.  We were super hungry so it all worked out great, but just be forewarned :).

These silicone star molds are like some that I have and I LOVE them. I’ve used them to mold my Homemade Jello® and to make candies out of my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips – yum!

Silicone Mold | Star Mold

And this is the book, Nourishing Traditions.  I don’t agree with everything in here, but it is a great resource for tons of dietary issues.

Nourishing Traditions

DISCLAIMER: I am not a registered dietitian, doctor, or fitness expert. The purpose of this post is to share my experience and hopefully make your life a little easier and a little more delicious! Please contact a health professional when making any changes to your lifestyle, diet or exercise routine.

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  1. I have some hot green peppers and I want to make sugar free candy with them.