Homemade Fruit Snacks

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This homemade fruit snacks recipe is made with whole fruits & vegetables! A healthy, high-protein snack loaded with nutrients – better than store bought!

a bowl of Homemade Fruit Snacks recipe

These homemade fruit snacks are not your average fruit snacks. They are made with whole fruits and vegetables and naturally sweetened. Plus they are gluten and grain free and have a 45 grams of protein per batch! So much better than store-bought varieties.

I also love that the gorgeous colors of these homemade fruit snacks come from the natural colors in the fruits, no food dyes required! Natural foods are the best “dyes” if you ask me!

Overhead view of a plate of Homemade Fruit Snacks arranged by color (orange on top, then purple then green then magenta).

How to Make Homemade Fruit Snacks

Here are a few notes to ensure that your fruit-snack-making is a raging success!

Lay out Supplies & Materials

Have the molds ready to go, the gelatin measured out and the fruits and veggies all chopped up. The molds I used (here) came with everything I needed – trays, droppers, etc. If your molds didn’t come with trays, be sure to lay them on a baking sheet or another hard flat surface that can be used to transport them from the counter into the fridge! I highly recommend using a dropper to fill the molds as well, it makes it so much easier!

If you don’t have molds then simply spread the mixture in ax 8×8″ pan lined with wax paper. Let the Homemade Fruit Snacks set and then cut them with a warm, sharp knife!

Use a Vitamix

This should go without saying, but a food processor won’t cut it in this recipe. You want the fruit snacks to be silky smooth, and the only way to ensure this is by using a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix.

font view of a plate of Homemade Fruit Snacks recipe arranged by color in front of a vitamix blender filled with fruit

Raw/Cooked Veggies. 

All of the vegetables used in these combinations were blended raw (including the beets). If you decide to use a vegetable like sweet potatoes, I recommend cooking it first and using the soft puree in this recipe.

Dissolve Gelatin Completely

When the gelatin is added to the fruit/veggie/juice mixture it will become cloudy. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is no longer cloudy, but do not let it boil.

A great way to test for doneness is to put some of the mixture between your pointer finger and thumb and rub them together. If it feels even slightly grainy, continue cooking and whisking. If it feels smooth then you can begin to fill the molds!

Work quickly

The fruit/veggie fruit snack mixture begins to thicken as it cools. As soon as the mixture is smooth use the dropper and fill the molds. I kept my saucepan over the warm burner (with the fire turned off) as I filled the molds. That way the mixture remained slightly warm and cooled much slower.

homemade fruit snacks on a plate arranged in colors

Homemade Fruit Snacks: Substitutions 

The great thing about this recipe is that, while the method is pretty particular, the ingredients are fairly versatile!

  • Fruit: I have given suggestions for the different fruits I used to make each color, but you really can let your preferences drive you here. The only two fruits that you cannot use are Kiwi and Pineapple. They contain the enzyme bromelain, which breaks down the proteins in the gelatin and will prevent the fruit snacks from setting up.
  • Vegetables: the same freedom applies with the vegetables, use your favorites.
  • Juice: I tried making a couple batches of these fruit snacks with water and my kids wouldn’t eat them. Once I caved and used unsweetened apple juice they gobbled them up.  I highly recommend using an organic, unsweetened juice variety of your choice. I chose apple because it has a neutral color and flavor, but you can use any flavor you like.
Side view of a bowl of Homemade Fruit Snacks recipe

Homemade Fruit Snacks Recipe FAQs

Is Gelatin Good For you? 

Yes, the protein in this recipe comes from high-quality, grass-fed, collagen beef gelatin which has 17 grams of protein per scoop (which is about 1 TBS).

How do I store homemade fruit snacks?

Store these in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

How long do homemade fruit snacks last?

They last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 2 months in the freezer.

Can I freeze these homemade fruit snacks?

Yes, freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Kid's hands holding a handful of Homemade Fruit Snacks recipe

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Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks

Laura
This homemade fruit snacks recipe is made with whole fruits & vegetables! A healthy, high-protein snack loaded with nutrients – better than store bought!
4.93 from 40 votes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 57.7
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Chilling time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup fruit chopped
  • ¼ cup vegetables chopped (and peeled if necessary)
  • ¼ to ½ cup pure apple juice no added sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons gelatin preferably collagen, grass-fed

Green:

  • 1 cup green grapes
  • ¼ cup spinach

Red:

  • 1 cup strawberries diced
  • ¼ cup beets

Orange:

  • 1 cup peaches chopped
  • ¼ cup carrots

Blue/purple:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup zucchini

Instructions 

  • Place silicone molds on a large baking sheet or line an 8×8’ square dish with wax paper and lightly grease, set aside.
  • Place fruit, vegetable and ¼ cup apple juice in the container of your Vitamix and secure the lid.
  • Turn the machine on and slowly increase the speed to high. Blend until mixture is smooth. (add more juice 1 TBS at a time if necessary, until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency).
  • Add honey and vanilla and blend until just combined.
  • Taste mixture and add more honey if desired, blending until it’s completely combined.
  • Transfer mixture to a small saucepan and whisk in gelatin.
  • Heat on medium heat until gelatin is dissolved and mixture is no longer grainy when touched (about 3 minutes). Make sure it does not boil.
  • Using a dropper, fill the silicone molds. Or pour your mixture into your prepared baking pan.
  • Transfer to the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours.
  • Once set remove from molds and enjoy. These homemade fruit snacks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week!

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Fruit: I have given suggestions for the different fruits I used to make each color, but you really can let your preferences drive you here. The only two fruits that you cannot use are Kiwi and Pineapple. They contain the enzyme bromelain, which breaks down the proteins in the gelatin and will prevent the fruit snacks from setting up.
  • Vegetables: the same freedom applies with the vegetables, use your favorites.
  • Juice: I tried making a couple batches of these fruit snacks with water and my kids wouldn’t eat them. Once I caved and used unsweetened apple juice they gobbled them up.  I highly recommend using an organic, unsweetened juice variety of your choice. I chose apple because it has a neutral color and flavor, but you can use any flavor you like.

Store

Store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 57.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.5g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 28.8mg | Potassium: 84.7mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 9.1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 20.4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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96 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Hi Laura, these fruit snacks are toddler approved. My little guy loves them. They really are tasty, Though I am trying to figure how to make them more chewy. As of now, this is my 2nd batch & they’re more jello-like & “rubbery” vs chewy as traditional fruit snacks. I’m following the recipe exactly except I’m using a regular blender & not a Vitamix, if that makes a difference lol. Help please, Thank you ❤️.

  2. These adorable molds are no longer sold on Amazon! Has anyone found a good replacement? All the others are gummy bears or bigger than fruit snack size! :’(

  3. Mine for some reason always end up messy. I don’t now if maybe I’m not adding the exact correct amount of fruit or need more gelatin? Either way my daughter still loves them. She’s on a major fruit kick lately.

  4. Would you happen to have any tips for making this using liquid stevia instead of honey? I would like to cut down on the sugar while still making them sweet enough for my littles to eat.
    Thanks and I am looking forward to trying these out!

    1. Nah gurl, but steaming is the best way to soften the veg while keeping AAAALLLL the nutrients! Super tite 😉

  5. I absolutely LOVE this recipe! Thank you for sharing it with us! =)
    Just a quick correction-it is 17grams of protein in two scoops for that brand =)

  6. 5 stars
    Really liked this recipe, for a really deep purple Try using red cabbage for the vegetable. It turned out great!