Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks — Strawberry Flavored

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!!  :)

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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!

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These Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks are totally drool-worthy.

BIG taste.  Mini package.  :)

Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks -- all natural, fat free, sugar free and low carb!

30 minutes

20 minutes

Yield: (see *** in Notes below)


Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks -- all natural, fat free, sugar free and low carb!

These Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks are sweet, soft, chewy and packed with fresh strawberry flavor!



  1. *Wash your strawberries, slice the greens off and puree in a blender. Measure 1+3/4 cups of the puree and place in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Stir in the lemon juice, stevia and food coloring.
  3. It helps to have another person help you here. Have one person spread open a nut milk bag** over a large bowl while you pour the strawberry mixture inside. Tie the bag closed and squeeze the bag to get as much liquid out as you can. You should get 2+1/4 cups of the mixture after straining.
  4. Pour the mixture into a nonstick saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin overtop and let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir it together and smush any big clumps of gelatin, don't worry about the small ones, they'll dissolve)
  5. Place the pan over medium-high heat and stir occasionally, until it comes to a light boil. Stir constantly when the mixture boils harder.
  6. When you can't stir the bubbles away, keep it on the heat for ~30 seconds and then remove from the heat.
  7. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes so the foam/bubbles have a chance to go away, then carefully scoop the mixture into your molds of choice (I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour it into the gummy bear mold)
  8. Let the molds cool on the counter for about an hour, then place them in the fridge. Refrigerate until firm.


To store, keep the gummies in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

**I've made this recipe a couple times using a thoroughly cleaned coffee filter with a very fine mesh, although I would recommend the nut milk bag as it's much quicker.

***Yield: 16 Gummy Bears + 14 "Kisses" + 5 Squares (click on the names for the exact molds I used)

This recipe is: gluten free, fat free, sugar free and low carb!

I really want to make these fruit snacks with other flavors soon (like raspberry, blueberry, grape, orange, maybe even lemon or lime) but I think I’ll stick with what I know is good for now  ;)

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What a cute little bear  :-P

Cuteness time is over.


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*CHOMP*  ;)

58 comments on “Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks — Strawberry Flavored

  1. Jessica, these are amazing. We were literally just talking about trying to make these for our boys. So much tastier and we would actually KNOW what’s in them. Thanks and have a great weekend!

    • Thanks so much Matt!! 😀 Stay tuned, because a Healthy Homemade GUMMY BEAR recipe is coming soon 😉
      (It took a few more trials, but I finally got the right texture and can’t wait to share the recipe)
      Thanks, have a great weekend too!

  2. Carolyn HSmith

    Beautiful- want to make these, but don’t have a milk-nut bag. I can’t abide the seeds either!
    You do lovely work, Miss Busy-As- A- Bee!

    • Carolyn-
      Thanks so much! 😀
      If you have a fine mesh coffee filter (thoroughly cleaned… coffee-flavored fruit snacks doesn’t sound very appealing haha) you can try using that too. Or a cheese cloth. I used a coffee filter a few times but it just took a long time to strain the mixture. I had to stir it and pack it down for about 30 minutes.
      I might be super busy, but I’m happy to be busy doing stuff I love because I get to share the results with you 🙂

  3. Yummmmmm! Do you think I could use a fine mesh strainer or a sieve instead of the nut milk bag? Cause I really want to make these and I don’t think I could wait for my bag to be shipped…. 😛

  4. Oh yeah, can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh? Costco sells these huge bottles of organic lemon juice and I would rather use that than have to buy a ton of lemons. Thanks!

  5. Oops I just saw your note about the strainer! I’ve sure commented a lot… Sorry! :-/

    • Emily-
      Don’t feel bad! I’m sure someone out there had the same exact questions!
      I’ve tried using a fine mesh coffee filter (thoroughly cleaned, of course) but it took about 30 minutes to stir it and pack it all down. With a nut milk bag you get to squeeze as much juice out as possible 🙂
      I haven’t tried using bottled lemon juice but I’m sure it will work just as well! The fruit snacks might be slightly more tart, but I don’t think they’ll be too toooo tart. I’m glad Costco sells organic lemon juice… I definitely have to find that on my next trip (aka, TOMORROW) 😉

  6. Hi! These look fantastic! I’m excited to make them for my four year old. Just one many strawberries did you use? Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Jammie-
      Thanks so much! I used a large container of organic strawberries from Costco (I think it was 2 pounds?). I had a few strawberries and quite a bit of puree left over, but I just drank the puree as a snack. You could also use the excess strawberries in a smoothie 🙂
      I hope your kid likes the fruit snacks! 😀

  7. I have always wanted to try making these…thanks for an easy and natural recipe…hopefully mine look as good as yours. Cheers.

    • Chelsea @ Delipsch-
      Thanks so much!! Make sure not to fill the gummy bear mold cavities too much otherwise the snacks will “overflow” and not have a flat back (made this mistake myself!)
      Also, it helps to put the molds onto a flat cookie sheet before you fill them so when you put them in the fridge you don’t have to walk over slowly and carefully (like I did, so worried that I’d spill them haha)
      Hope you like the recipe!

  8. I just made these with mango (since I have a tons of mangoes right now) and they turned out great! A few notes: I strained the mango even though there wasn’t the worry of seeds but it kept the pulp out which I think was good. I didn’t have any stevia left so I used agave and when I tasted it it seemed sweet enough but the finished product could definitely have been sweeter. I only had 30 g of gelatin which seemed to work fine and they weren’t like fruit pate. I poured my mixture into an 8×8 brownie pan and just cut them into little squares. I would say it made about 36 and then I just stored them in a container in the fridge for snacks! I think I want to try some combinations like strawberry kiwi or orange carrot. Or even a green juice mixture! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Thank you for this recipe! I just made some with acerolas from our yard. Awesome! I used a strainer w success, my blender did a fine job, the bottled lemon juice and regular sugar, just because I didn’t want to wait, I skipped the food coloring and still love the color. They were a success!can’t wait to try other ingredients

    • Luz-
      WOW, homegrown acerolas? Great idea! I’m glad a regular strainer and bottled lemon juice worked out for you 🙂
      Now I’m thinking of so many other flavor possibilities for this recipe! Thanks!

  10. I want to try bananas! Also forgot to mention I used an ice tray for a mold

  11. These make me so happy. I cannot even describe how much I wanna try and make them. Thank you for your efforts in refining the recipe!

  12. Okay, okay, so I’ve made it.

    I’m so freaking happy – everything went *perfectly*. We let it set overnight in the fridge and in the morning my fiance and I excitedly starting taking them out of the moulds.

    I will deny eating half of them as we were going through this process *hides*

    BUT if we DID … we felt guilt free because they are sho healthy.

    I omitted the stevia because I’m in a “sour” craving phase at the moment and it was ideal… mmm…

    I posted a photo on your Facebook page but decided to post here for your readers too – to see its possible and SUPER easy!

    • Jovana-
      YAY I’m so glad you made the fruit snacks and it turned out well!!
      I definitely want to try a sour lemon or lime flavor sometime soon, a lot of people LOVE those flavors!
      You’re so funny Jovana haha 😀
      Thank you so much for taking the time to make the recipe 🙂

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  14. Valeria Lucio

    Awesome recipe! Definitely going to try it! If we don’t have Stevia extract is there anything we could substitute it with? If not would it change the flavor of the gummys too much if Stevia wasn’t used?

    • Valeria Lucio-
      I’m afraid stevia extract is pretty difficult to substitute. It’s a really strong natural sweetener, so 3/4 tsp of stevia has the same amount of sweetness as 3/4 cup of sugar (or in typical fruit snack ingredients, corn syrup)
      I would recommend substituting the stevia with 1/2 cup organic agave nectar (if you’re serving these fruit snacks to kids or people used to really sugary treats, I would recommend using 2/3 cup agave). Add the agave in step #4 into the saucepan. No need to strain it!
      I hope this ingredient replacement works out alright! I hope you like the recipe 🙂

  15. this looks great! I have two questions about this; 1) how long do you think these will store? 2) do you have any ideas on how to add vitamins to it like the vitamin chews they sell at the store?

    • Roxy-
      Thanks so much Roxy!
      1) These lasted me three days, but I’m sure they will last about a week or two if they’re stored in an airtight container in the fridge 🙂
      2) I wouldn’t recommend adding vitamins to these because they will add a gritty texture and a bad taste. Major food companies have special blends so that they don’t impart a taste.
      I hope you like the recipe!!

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  18. My mom used to boil new panty hose, then use them as a strainer when making jelly. You could just use knee highs, stretch them over a jar, with the hose inside, pour the mixture in, then strain. Getting the cheep brand means you can toss when done.

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  22. YUM! I just made these. I also made raspberry ones. Two packages of Driscoll’s raspberries, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 3 full droppers of liquid stevia (probably about 2/3 tsp) and 4 packs of Gelatin (not sure the cup equivalent – but definitely less than 1/4)

  23. Is there a substitute I could use for the gelatin, I’m vegetarian and wanted some gummy snacks for my kids that weren’t $8 bucks for 3 packs of gummys

  24. I know I’m late to this party – but I wanted to offer another solution to fighting with a nut milk bag or using 2 people. I make jams and jellies and lots of other canning items – a jelly strainer stand with bag (pretty much the same bag) will give you a hands free way to pour the stuff into the bag, gravity lets most of it come out on it’s own with no help from you and then you can squeeze the last bit out. The stand has a curve at the feet that lets you place it on the rim of a bowl or pot. If you search for Norpro Jelly Strainer Stand with Bag, you’ll see what I mean. I can’t wait to try try this!

  25. Hi.. this recipe seems ideal for my 3 year old daughter, who refuses to even smell any kind of fruit, but loves all the different jelly candies.. So I have a couple of questions.. First, what about not straining the puree at all? would that change the gelatin amount? I mean, it would be better to eat the whole “body” of the fruit, wouldn’t it? And second, could I substitute the stevia with honey (I live in Greece, so honey is the best natural sweetener, not to mention that it’s really difficult to find stevia extract..)? And if yes, how much should I use, according to your experience?

    Thank you in advance.. 😀

    • Hara-
      Some kids are just very picky and sometimes it’s because their taste buds just aren’t fully accustomed to certain tastes yet (I was the same exact way… I didn’t even like peanut butter or bananas, which I LOVE now). Maybe this recipe can be a good stepping stone to eating fruit!
      If you skip the straining process, you’ll have a bunch of seeds in there that might get stuck in your teeth. This might be a giveaway to your daughter that there are strawberries in the fruit snacks. I agree that whole fruit is better than strained fruit, but I was trying to make a recipe that was as similar as possible to the storebought versions.
      I haven’t tried honey in this recipe before, but you can give it a shot! I would recommend ~2/3 cup. However, because there is so much extra liquid being added to the recipe, you might need to increase the gelatin. I’d say add ~1 teaspoon of gelatin.
      I hope you like the recipe! 😀

  26. Is it easy for you, the next time you make them, to measure in grams how much juice comes out of the puree and the final amount of liquid you need to have for the 40gr of gelatin? I think it’ll be easier that way for other fruits too..

    Thank you..

  27. OMG!!you have saved me from getting fat from sweets with these recipes!

    Thank you soooooooo much!

  28. You saved my life!!!!!

  29. I wanted to know if you can use WATERMELON instead of strawberries.

  30. Hi,
    Love your recipe.
    How can I make these gummy bears without cooking the fruit…so I can retain the vitamin c?

    • If you don’t want to cook the fruit, you can add the puree after the cooking process… just note that the texture will be off since you aren’t cooking some of the water out as well.
      To be honest, vitamin C is so easy to come by with other foods, you might as well just make the fruit snacks as is and just eat an orange somewhere alongside it 😉

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