I really hadn't even planned on it being a post here on this little ol' blog. But a chance find of these cute ice cube molds in the dollar bin at Target (score!) coupled with pinning this recipe just the day before led to me and my three year old son into dabbling in fruit-snack-making a few days ago. And I can't seem to make myself stop. Not that anyone around here is complaining.
Makes about 3 dozen, depending on the size of your molds. Recipe from An Organic Wife.
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This recipe is a very flexible one. You can use fresh or frozen fruit and whatever flavor your little ones love. So far I've done strawberry, mixed berry and peach all from frozen organic fruit as it's the middle of winter. Each is as good as the next and I've had no problem getting any of them to gel. I used small silicone ice cube molds in fun fruit shapes. If you can't find molds like this, you can just as easily use a baking dish to mold them flat and then cut the snacks into cubes. I would recommend a silicone baking pan as they are the best non-stick surface. You can use a regular baking dish as well, simply line it with parchment paper.
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped fruit (berries, cherries, mangoes or peaches are a good place to start)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbs honey
1/4 cup unflavored gelatin (this is 1 box of the Knox brand, the one you most often find in supermarkets) *** Edited*** An excellent vegetarian substitute for gelatin is agar-agar. There are many online sources.
Begin by heating the fruit and lemon juice in a small saucepan until the fruit begins to soften and break down. You aren't looking to cook the fruit, just make it soft enough to blend smoothly. Once the fruit is soft, add the honey and blend until smooth.
Whisk the fruit mixture while slowly adding the gelatin. Continue until all the gelatin has been incorporated. Don't stop whisking while adding the gelatin or you will have lumpy fruit snacks!
Spoon the fruit mixture into clean, dry molds and refrigerate them until set, up to 1 hour. Alternatively, pour the mixture into a lined baking pan and refrigerate until set. Once set, pop the fruit snacks from the molds. If you used a baking pan to mold your fruit snacks, cut them into 1/2 inch cubes after unmolding the sheet from the pan. You can store your fruit snacks in the refrigerator or on the counter in an airtight container.