I've realized I have a very, very serious sugar problem. Pregnancy and nursing has made me the biggest sugar fiend as of late, and I seriously can't get over it. I mean...I can NOT not eat sugar! Double negative there- meaning, I eat sugar ALL. THE. TIME. I need it like air. Sheesh.
It strikes me when we're out, hits me during the day at home, and is the first thing I think about when I wake up. Don't even ask me about my new love of Trader Joe's Just the Clusters Chocolate Almond Granola Cereal! My craving was so bad for sugar and chocolate in the mornings that I bought boxes of the stuff so that I could cure that craving first thing, without eating a bar of chocolate instead. Which I seriously thought about at least once. At least the chocolate granola is somewhat good for me right???
Knowing that this obsession needed to be kicked stat, I've started slowly incorporating more "go to" snacks in our home that are wholesome, homemade, will help that sugar craving, and are right at my finger tips. Because if I have to think up something good for me that's refined sugar free and then look around my kitchen at ingredients and make it while the craving is striking, I'm just going to grab 34 chocolate bars instead. Why do we have so many candy bars and naughty desserts in our home anyways? Need to fix that.
I received Danielle Walker's Against all Grain cookbook for Christmas from Bill and WAS SO EXCITED! I'm always looking for new kitchen challenges and ways to eat healthy; and have literally tabbed 75% of her book! The desserts of course really grabbed my eye and I can't wait to make them all for our new little family. But really- make for me, so I can eat and enjoy with way less guilt! Yay!
I've noticed a lot of homemade jello jigglers and gummies on the internet lately and have really wanted to try my hand at them :) With natural, no sugar added, good for you juices and gelatin (which we know is super beneficial for our bodies) those little sweet snacks were right up my alley.
I made them. I loved them. I concord them (get it?) Har har.
CONCORD GRAPE FRUIT GUMMIES
Makes about 64, 1x1" squares
For printable recipe, click here
- 4 cups 100% fruit juice, no sugar added, concord grape juice (I got mine from Trader Joe's)
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
1. Pour 1 cup of your juice into a bowl. Add the gelatin to it and whisk quickly until just combined. Set aside.
2. Place the remaining juice and honey into a small saucepot and heat until JUST about to simmer. Turn heat down and allow to simmer 1-2 minutes, stirring until the honey has dissolved into juice.
3. Whisk hot juice mix into the gelatin juice mix until completely combined and gelatin is totally dissolved.
4. Pour into a shallow 10"x10" baking dish (or any shallow baking dish you have, really) and allow to cool on the counter for 30 minutes. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap or the dish's lid and allow to cool COMPLETELY in the fridge. For us, this took about 3 hours. Or allow to chill overnight.
5. Once the gummies have set up and are completely chilled, remove from fridge and slice into 1" squares using a sharp knife. Then just remove with fingers or an offset spatula and enjoy!
*Alternately, you can cut shapes out with cookie cutters and plunge the bottom of the dish in hot water to help release the shapes easier. We didn't need to do that with the squares.
Keep gummies refrigerated until ready to serve!
Recipe slightly adapted from Danielle Walker's Against all Grain cookbook.