A love for fruit snacks is almost mandatory in the kid world these days, but what’s in those things anyway? 
Mama Mouse Says
has shared her own recipe for homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks made with easy ingredients that may already be in your refrigerator!

 

Always searching for healthy treats to feed to our little ones, we were eager to give this clever recipe a try!

 

Please click here to visit Mama Mouse Says and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: I have always wanted to try and tackle a homemade fruit snack recipe but had been a bit discouraged by the lack of easy-to-follow recipes. This recipe was super simple and I am all about fast and easy, and kid approved or course!

Details:

I followed the recipe exactly.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

You definitely need a food processor to create this recipe. I suppose you could use a blender and get the same results. I did find that by blending/pulsing the mixture, I got a lot of air bubbles. Let your mixture settle a bit before pouring into your pan and LEAVE in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.

Also, being the goofball that I am, I purchased 6 full packages of the gelatin at the store not realizing that one package contains 4 pouches inside. DUH! You don’t have to twist my arm to make more.
Alicia - Snacks 1

Pros:

Very healthy and delicious.

Cons:

By using a small fondant/cookie cutter, you have a lot of wasted product, although it looks so pretty.

Alicia - Snacks 2

Conclusion:

My kids loved these snacks so much, that they gobbled up my first batch before I even noticed. I am so thrilled on how easy it was to make and that I know exactly what is in them. No artificial flavors or colors- YES!!!!!

This is a must try recipe. 2 sticky-thumbs up!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Make a yummy and healthy treat for the kiddos.

 

 

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I followed Mama Mouse’s recipe exactly with the exception of needing slightly more juice as I was a little shy on fruit juice.

  • I chose a little Mott’s apple juice with veggies. It worked like a charm!
  • I also used a sweet little cutter to made quarter sized flowers. They were very pretty but a little fussy.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

As soon as I poured the liquid puree into my cookie sheet I decided that I needed a smaller pan for next time. My gummies ended up being a little bit thinner than I wanted.

I also lined the pan with a layer of Glad Press’n Seal for ease of removing the gummies.

Amanda - Snacks 1

Pros:

This really was a great sweet treat packed with fruit and very little sugar.

Cons:

I would have liked for them to be a little more like fruit leather rather than slightly tacky like they were.

Also, if I make these again I will just cut little squares instead of using a cutter.

Amanda - Snacks 2

Conclusion:

This was a fun experiment with VERY edible results. My kids thought they were very fun to eat too.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission: My kids are crazy for fruit snacks but I recently cut them out of their diet and now I’m the bad guy. Maybe this all-natural homemade fruit snack recipe will fill the void and make me “Awesome Mom” again.

 

Details:

This was a very easy recipe to follow.

  • I chose to use strawberries because it’s a fruit that all three of my boys love.
  • For juice I used Newman’s Pomegranate Lemonade, another winner in our house and it also provided the citric component the recipe called for.

The first thing I did was line the tray with plastic so I would be ready. I then poured the juice into the blender. I quickly heated up the diced strawberries and honey. While they were heating up I added the 5 packets of gelatin.

I combined all of the ingredients as directed and poured it onto the try. It looked a bit frothy. I let them set overnight. When I took the tray out in the morning it still didn’t look hard enough. I left it there a few more hours and it was still strange looking. It was an odd combination of spongy and rubbery. Honestly, it reminded me of the nasty gel-like ring when you open a can of wet dog food. Blech.

I cut them up and passed them onto my taste-testers. It got a 1 out of 3. My oldest was thrilled; the other two guys spit them out. I think it was just a texture thing.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I think adding a 6th packet of gelatin might give it a better texture.

Sheri - Snacks 1

Pros:

They’re not as sticky as store-bought gummies which stick to their teeth.

Cons:

The texture isn’t quite right and a little repulsive.

Sheri - Snacks 2

Conclusion:

One out of three boys enjoyed these strawberry bites.

I love that it was a really easy recipe using real fruit and no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. There just has to be some sort of way to get the texture a little better. Honestly, I’m not sure I would try this again.

 

 

Fruit Snack Conclusion


The lovely
Gummy Fruit Snacks and photo by Mama Mouse Says


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Mommy and the Monsters has shared their recipe for adding a little more H2O to your diet with the lovely and delish Raspberry Lime Flavored Water!

Who would turn down the chance to get [deliciously] hydrated?  Not these girls!

 

Please click here to visit Mommy and the Monsters and see the recipe that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  A simple way to add a little more flavor to my daily water intake…and try to get my husband to actually drink water, but that’s a far stretch.

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t mash the raspberries too much, you’ll have seedy water. I used a strainer when pouring.

Pros:

Super, super easy and you can change the flavor to anything you want

Cons:

None!

Conclusion:

I would definitely do this again but switch out the raspberries because I’m not a huge fan. I love the citrus and I’m thinking if I did some blackberries with a few slices of grapefruit that my husband might actually consume water more often.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: On a recent trip to Denver, CO, the hotel I stayed at offered fruit infused water so I have been anxious to make this healthy drink myself!  I have to be honest; I get bored with water so I like adding a little flavor!

Details:

  • Simple and cheap, I only added 1 lime, a pint of raspberries, ice and filtered water.
  • I also added blueberries, since I had them on hand.
  • Slice limes and dump everything in a pitcher…couldn’t get any easier.
  • Despite, being easy…don’t smash the limes and raspberries to smithereens as noted on Mommy and the Monsters!  I went a little crazy while chatting on the phone…yikes! I ended up with raspberry and lime pulp mash water with blueberries! As you can see from the picture.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Sample all different variations of flavored water, such as cucumber, cantaloupe, pineapple and strawberry.  Even fresh herbs would be great…mint, basil!

If you must sweeten, add honey or sugar to the water!

Pros:

REFRESHING AND EASY!  The best way to give your water flavor without additives! So many variations can be made.

Cons:

I made this in a spouted pitcher which became clogged with the fruit.  I found these great Fruit Infusion Pitchers, which is perfect for my new favorite water!

Even though I only used one lime, Mike and I both agreed the lime was the strongest flavor.  I may cut back next time to only half of a lime.

 

Conclusion:

Fabulous recipe! So much better than adding flavored mixes to your water.  This is natural and I would prefer it to any drink….even plain water!  It is a must do for summer…very refreshing!  Instead of making such a large pitcher, next time I’ll make several different flavors so I don’t get bored during the week.  Mike loved it too, so whatever gets your family drinking more water is great!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: To create a refreshing and delightful twist on water that my family would drink willingly.

 

 

Details:

  • This was pretty much foolproof since the ingredients were minimal.
  • I made a half batch because I was skeptical that the fam would actually consume this since it contained zero sugar.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely don’t bash your fruit into smithereens. It would create a really gross end results with way too much pulp.

Also, I would recommend letting it sit in the fridge overnight and then maybe using a mesh colander to reduce the pulp making it a little more likeable for the tot crowd (or really picky hubby).

Pros:

Easy! Refreshing! Healthy!

Cons:

Fruit is not cheap. Period.

Conclusion:

I would definitely make this again and may even try a variation but would strain it next time for more drinkability. I found this clogged my straw too often.

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: I LOVE drinking water, but wanted to try a new spin to my daily routine.

 

Details:

  • I live in the produce aisle when I go grocery shopping…seriously, I’m not just a fruitcake in personality, I’m literally a walking fruit – I LOVE to eat fruit!!
  • So it was easy for me to pick up some raspberries and limes while at the store since I spend so much time in that aisle – and we had kiwi at home, so I decided to add a few of those in as well since they are one of my favorites!
  • This was not only super easy to prepare and then enjoy, but it also gave me an excuse to use my cute glass beverage dispenser! After lightly mashing the fruit, I added cold water and a little bit of ice and then set it in the fridge. We started drinking it just 6 hours afterwards and it already had great color and taste!
  • Even my kids were asking for it. It looked enough like juice and tastes sweet enough to be deceiving in that way as well. A great treat for us all!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I added in kiwi as well – it sounded like a great addition and I had a lot on hand. I think you could easily add any other citrus fruit to tang it up a bit if you wanted.

Pros:

Easy as pie and not only refreshing, but also hydrating!

Cons:

Makes your water slightly sticky due to the natural sugars in the fruit.

Conclusion:

Loved it! Would make it again for sure. I also think adding club soda to this would make this a great offering to serve as a non-alcoholic beverage at a shower or girly party.

 

 

The lovely Raspberry Lime Flavored Water  and it’s photo taken by Mommy and the Monsters


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One More Moore has shared her favorite recipe for Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips.  Originally discovered at Allrecipes.com, this keeper has been in One More Moore‘s recipe book since!

Eager to munch on the seasons best fruit, we couldn’t test this recipe out fast enough!

Please click here to visit One More Moore and see the recipe that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Mandy

Mission:  Get back into healthy eating with a yummy “treat” I can’t resist.
 

 

Details:

  • I followed the recipe as written minus the preserves as I forgot to pick that up at the grocery store.
  • Also, I didn’t get exact with the types of fruits they called for. Not a huge fan of kiwi so I substituted with others.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It was super easy and delicious so I didn’t really have much to change or learn. Maybe use it as a way to use the fruit in your kitchen that is getting over ripe. It all does blend together and maybe gets a little mushy so it’s perfect for using up fruit!

Pros:

Easy. Tasty. Crowd Pleasing.

Even my dad who doesn’t really like anything said “it’s OK.” (That’s GOOD in his book!)

Cons:

I don’t really have any.

It was a tad sweet so you may not need to use the sugars to sweeten it even more… although I’m sure they help with the juice that develops.

Conclusion:

Make it! Now!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission: This twist on salsa looked sweet and refreshing. Something my kids would actually enjoy! I referred to the Annie’s Fruit Salsa recipe on Morgan Moore’s blog, One More Moore. Seven quick and easy ingredients and some dicing…I love dicing.
 

Details:

The ingredients:

  • 2 kiwi’s, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 1 lb strawberries, diced
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp preserves

A no-brainer recipe – dice and combine.

The cinnamon chips were also quite simple. Just cut up flour tortillas, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and bake them at 350° for about 10 minutes. Viola.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I can’t stand the look of browning apples. Just one of those things that will turn me off from consuming this delicious treat, so I used a lemon to help preserve them.

Pros:

Easy and delicious, and you can vary it with the fruits you have on hand.

Cons:

None!

 

Conclusion:

This recipe was super easy…that’s because I like dicing. If you don’t like chopping, then it’s not for you.

A great little tid-bit; if you don’t have the time to make your own cinnamon chips (although I do recommend you do) store-bought cinnamon pitas work just great with this salsa. It was devoured quickly and made the perfect dish to bring to the summer BBQ.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: To whip up a yummy and mostly healthy snack with fruit I already have (that was my mission anyway).
 
 

Details:

I will admit that as usual I am trying to be all sorts of lazy thrifty here and I wanted to use fruit I already had at home instead of going out to hunt down what was used in the original recipe.

My fruit list looked a little like this:

  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Orange Marmalade (this I did buy)
  • I also halved the recipe because I know my kids are a bit picky and I didn’t want to end up having to eat the entire bowl myself! I was smart because of course they didn’t LOVE it. They tried it and ate a little but I mostly had to finish it. I tried to save it for the next day but the flavors got a little too intense.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I think pinapple would have been a great addition and I would stick with a strawberry or raspberry marmalade because the orange had a slightly bitter taste which I am pretty sure turned my kids off. Apples (which I didn’t use) would have added a nice crunch.

Pros:

It was fairly easy and definitely pretty.

Cons:

Because I tried to deviate a little it wasn’t as good and some got wasted.

Conclusion:

I would definitely try this again though and change up some of the ingredients. Maybe also change my tasters to adults instead of finicky little ones.

 

The gorgeous shot of Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips  captured by One More Moore


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