I have always been a lover of gummy bears, which in my pre-Paleo/Primal days, I would always choose over, say, a Snickers bar. My husband Mike has accused me of being obsessed with “fringe candy.” I’m not sure what fringe candy is, but if it includes Paleo-friendly gummy bears count me in! My Good-For-Your-Tummy Mango Gummies are the result of
a mad science experiment reading and adapting more recipes for Paleo gummies than I care to count. After a lot of tinkering, I think my Good-For-Your-Tummy Mango Gummies recipe strikes the perfect balance of flavor, nutrition and texture.
Seriously, could these little guys be any cuter??? The first time I made them I thought, “Oh! They are too cute to eat!” But, I quickly discovered that they are simply too delicious not to eat. And, they are actually good for you!
Disclaimer: I read somewhere that food bloggers are not supposed to make any health benefit claims on their blogs. It’s true that I am not a doctor, health professional or nutritionist, but I can read and I don’t see any harm in sharing what I’ve read and letting my readers make their own judgments. So, here’s my suggested compromise: When reading this post, please pretend that the word “allegedly” appears at the end of every sentence that references a health benefit. I think that should do it! (Have I mentioned that I’m a lawyer in my day job? ;))
So, what is it about my Good-For-Your-Tummy Mango Gummies that makes them so good for you? Well, for starters, there are no added sweeteners–just fresh or frozen mangos, lime juice and a modest amount 100% pineapple juice to provide the rich, tropical flavor. But the real health benefits (you know what to do here) come from the gelatin. Gelatin primarily consists of collagen and is high in two important amino acids—namely, Glycine, which aids in the creation of muscle tissue and the conversion of glucose into energy, and Proline, which, by aiding in the production of collagen and cartilage, helps to keep muscles and joints flexible and to reduce the sagging and wrinkling of the skin. Some folks believe that the collagen in gelatin has gut-healing properties that line, protect and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and aid in digestion and the breakdown of nutrients. Count me in that camp. Ever wonder why a nice bowl of homemade chicken soup makes you feel better? The chicken stock is full of collagen! Even www.webmd.com acknowledges that gelatin is used for (1) treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and brittle bones (osteoporosis), (2) strengthening bones, joints, and fingernails, (3) improving hair quality and (4) shortening recovery after exercise and sports-related injury, although www.webmd.com does state that there is insufficient evidence as to whether gelatin is effective for these purposes. So, those are the facts–allegedly. ;)
The ingredients for my Good-For-Your-Tummy Mango Gummies are pretty basic. You’ll need one cup of diced fresh or frozen (but thawed) mango (the riper, the better to increase natural sweetness), one-quarter cup of 100% pineapple juice (I like Del Monte Pure Earth 100% Pineapple Juice, which I freeze in a standard ice cube tray so that I always have some handy), the juice of one-half of a fresh lime, and three tablespoons of powdered, unflavored gelatin. I use Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin Collagen Joint Care, which is made from beef hide. (I know that may sound kind of weird, but if you grew up eating Jello, you ate gelatin made from beef products and liked it. So there!) Make sure that you get the red can (like the one pictured) and not the green can. The green can has the same nutritional properties as the red can, but it has been processed in a manner that prevents the gelatin from “setting up” or gelling.
Next, add the mango, pineapple juice and lime juice to a mini-food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add puree to small saucepan. Heat puree on stove over a low-to-medium flame or setting until hot (does not need to be simmering). Reduce cooking temperature to lowest setting and very slowly whisk in the gelatin a little at a time until fully absorbed, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. For my down-South readers, it’s just like making a roux, except you skip the browning part! Once all of the gelatin has been added and absorbed, immediately pour pureed mixture into silicon molds or a one-quart glass baking dish. I use this awesome two-pack of silicone gummy bear molds from Amazon.
If using the gummy bear molds, set the molds onto a cookie sheet or plastic chopping board and pour about half of the mixture over the center of the mold and spread with an offset spatula to gently push into the mold. Once all of the gummy bear holes have been filled, slide your offset spatula over the entire mold to remove excess puree. Repeat with other mold. Don’t worry if it’s messy. Your Good-For-Your-Tummy Mango Gummies will come out just fine!
Place the cookie sheet or plastic chopping board with the molds into the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes or until the Good-For-Your-Tummy Mango Gummies are set. Once set, pop out gummies from silicon mold or, if using a glass baking dish, cut the gummies into squares or use mini-cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Here’s to your health! (Allegedly….)
- 1 cup diced mango (the more ripe, the more sweet)
- ½ lime, juiced
- ¼ cup100% pineapple juice
- 3 tablespoons Great Lakes Gelatin (Use the red not the green can!)
- Puree diced mango, lime juice and pineapple juice in food processor (using small bowl) or blender.
- Add puree to small saucepan.
- Heat puree on stove over a low-to-medium flame or setting until hot (does not need to be simmering)..
- Reduce cooking temperature to lowest setting and very slowly whisk in the gelatin a little at a time until fully absorbed, whisking constantly to avoid lumps.
- Once all of the gelatin has been added and absorbed, immediately pour pureed mixture into silicon molds or a one-quart glass baking dish.
- Refrigerate until set (about 20-30 minutes).
- Once set, pop out gummies from silicon mold or, if using a glass baking dish, cut the gummies into squares or use mini-cookie cutters to cut out shapes.