You know those packaged “Fruit Snacks” from the grocery store and vending machines?  With the shiny blue packages claiming they’re “Made With REAL Fruit” and “FAT FREE” and packed with vitamins and blah blah blah (when in reality it’s really just straight up corn syrup, sugar and artificial food coloring)?  Well, here’s a healthy homemade version…  and it’s actually made with real fruit (no corn syrup, no sugar and no artificial food coloring needed whatsoever)!

These Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks are sweet, soft, chewy and packed with fresh strawberry flavor.  But wanna know what makes this recipe really great?

It requires only 5 ingredients!!  :)

Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks (all natural, sugar free, fat free, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

This recipe took quite a bit of tweaking to get juuuust right.  I think I made a trial batch every weekend for a little more than a month (the checkout employees at Costco must’ve been wondering why I was buying so many darn strawberries on a weekly basis…)

In my 1st trial (and probably the worst trial of them all), the fruit snacks were a complete disaster.  I could taste the gelatin (EW… like, BIG ew) and there was gelatinized foam on the surface of the gummies.  Not very appetizing.  Oh, and I didn’t strain the mixture so there were eighty billion strawberry seeds in every gummy.  I hate seeds with a passion.  I’d like to have a treat without having to whip out some floss!  Plus, storebought fruit gummies are totally seedless (mostly because they are basically 100% corn syrup)

In my 2nd trial, the texture was more like Pate de Fruit.  I love Pate de Fruit so this wasn’t a huge issue with me, but I was aiming for that slightly gummy fruit snack texture!  Also, I didn’t strain the mixture well so some seeds ended up in the gummies, but definitely not as much as the first trial.

In my 3rd trial, I used a little too much lemon juice so they were really tart.  Delicious (and SEEDLESS thanks to my new nut milk bag!) but not authentic-tasting.

In my 4th trial, I got the perfect amount of strawberry flavor and a really good texture…  like in between Pate de Fruit and Gummy Bears.  YUM!

Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks (all natural, sugar free, fat free, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

These Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks are totally drool-worthy.

BIG taste.  Mini package.  :)

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