It’s no secret that I love homemade gummies and judging by the thousands of shares of my Sour Watermelon Homemade Gummies, I’m guessing that lots of other people do, too, including yourself!
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The best traditional source of grass fed gelatin would be broth made from grass fed animals, but sometimes you either don’t have that kind of broth to hand, or you just don’t feel like eating it. I know I find it a lot easier to up my intake of healing bone broth in the winter than I do in the warmer months! That’s where homemade gummies are great, allowing you to supplement your diet with extra grass fed gelatin without having to scarf down bowls of bone broth.
So now you know that you want to increase the grass fed gelatin in your diet. The problem is, though, that even homemade gummies still have a fair amount of sugar in them, usually in the form of fruit juice. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, but if you’re trying to cut down on sugar AND eat homemade gummies, it gets a little bit more tricky. That’s when I decided to experiment with making homemade gummies using herbal teas instead. The best thing about this is that you have a bazillion options when it comes to flavor. There are so many varieties of tea, flavors and combinations!
My current favorite right now is Tazo Passion Tea. It’s a blend of mainly hibiscus flowers, along with lemongrass, rosehip, mango & passion fruit flowers. In fact, you can buy it at Starbucks, although you want to go for the unsweetened version! It gives a lovely sour-sweet floral flavor that is enough to bring the unflavored grass fed gelatin to life without being overwhelming. Plus it gives a natural delicate color to the homemade gummies! You can add a little raw honey if you need a bit of sweetness, but even then the sugar level would be nowhere close to the usual fruit juice based homemade gummies.
Please note that these gummies do come out a little softer than those made with juices – if you like a firmer gummy, experiment with adding in a little extra grass fed gelatin.
If you want to make your homemade gummies in these cute little daisy shapes, this is the mold I used! It’s silicone, which makes it super easy to pop out perfect little gummy shapes!
- In a saucepan with a pourable lip, add the water and passion fruit tea bags. Let steep for 10 minutes.
- Measure out about ½ cup of the steeped Passion tea into a bowl and sprinkle the grass fed gelatin over the surface of the liquid. Set aside.
- Gently heat the rest of the Passion tea (with the tea bags still in the liquid) until warm - do not bring it to a boil or simmer.
- Remove the tea bags.
- Add the grass fed gelatin and water mixture into the Passion tea. Stir until the liquid and gelatin are combined, without any lumps.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the raw honey; whisk until dissolved and combined. Skim any white foam from the top and discard.
- Pour the gelatin mixture into a heatproof jug (like this one) and then into molds (I used this one) or a refrigerator safe pan.
- Chill until set, about 1 hour and then either remove from the mold OR slice it into pieces.
- Can be stored at room temperature, although they are great cold.
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