It’s finally Spring! Easter and Passover celebrations are in full swing, the forsythia bushes are bright yellow, and daffodils are in bloom in my yard. Preschool has Spring Break this week, but before that, they grew real Easter grass, made fuzzy chickies, decorated bunnies and more! For my son with food allergies, this time of year could easily be difficult. We have had to say no to a few chocolate bunnies because they mostly all contain dairy. It’s not only the allergens though, but the amount of questionable junk in food that is getting to me. Now that I am so much more aware, I’m happy to make anything for my two kids, even if the original isn’t something that he is allergic to.
While my two kids both could eat original gummi treats, I am much happier making these Gummi Bunnies.
This is the mold I used.
And this is the gelatin I used.
So much has been written about the health benefits of this gelatin! Great for skin, hair, nails, joints, you name it! Sorry if you are vegetarian, because this is not for you. I have never tried to use agar powder, which is a vegetarian alternative. If you’ve had success with agar, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
2 Cups fresh strawberries
1/2 Cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 Cup orange juice
3 Tablespoons homemade Elderberry syrup, recipe to come!
5 Tablespoons unflavored gelatin
Blend or food process your berries first. I kept the seeds in, although my husband suggested straining them. I probably won’t ever do that however! Combine fruit, juice, and Elderberry syrup in a saucepan, and cook on medium – low heat. Slowly add gelatin while whisking, being sure to whisk out any clumps. Once the gelatin is completely dissolved, allow to cool slightly before putting into your molds. Carefully spoon gelatin, and refrigerate about 2 hours, until completely set. Pop out of mold and store in an airtight container in your fridge.
Mine only lasted a few minutes since the kids ate them all up at once!
Changes: this is pretty much unsweetened, so if your fresh fruit isn’t very sweet, you may need to add honey to improve taste.