Vegan Real Fruit Gummies

I was super excited when my friend brought in different silicone moulds for me – Star Wars, Teeth, Apples, and batman jut to name a few. They were actually ice cube moulds but I thought they were perfect for my vegan gummy experiment.

Vegan Fruit Gummies

I am sure most people are aware that gelatin is made from ground animal bones so let’s not get into why making gummies vegan in the first place. For this recipe I have used agar-agar powder which has worked perfectly as a gelling agent. To make them even more healthy and super tasty I used real fruit but you could even use fruit powders or wheatgrass powders even rice protein powders for a post-workout gummy. But I decide to go all natural with a mixed berry and milky mango version. I also used real ground vanilla for the extra bit of luxury. It took a couple of experiments to make sure they were chewy and dense. I have written up some points for you below to help you guide a little bit when planning to make your own.

 

Real Fruit Gummies

  1. I used agar-agar powder. I tried different ratios of liquid and agar-agar but the one listed below has worked best for me. One of the advantages apart from being plant based is that the gummies wont melt when out of the fridge.
  2. Berries work wonderfully, Non-acidic fruit is best for jelly making, otherwise jelly may not set (pineapple and kiwi fruit tend to be most problematic).
  3. All fruit or fruit juices should be at room temperature, frozen berries should thaw before use.
  4. Add whatever you like to your gummies: green powders, cocoa nibs, spices, superfood powders, protein powder. Add these to the cooled liquid to make sure you don’t kill all the vitamins and nutirents when boiling.
  5. I used a silicone mould which was really helpful and makes things so much easier. I borrowed some from my friends as I wanted really funny shapes such as Star Wars inspired. How cool are the teeth shapes?! For more tradional moulds just check out Amazon.
  6. The gummies set very quickly in the fridge. In about 15minutes they should be ready to go. But I felt that they would get a bit more chewy when in the fridge for a day or so. The first time I made them I thought it needed more chewiness so I added corn starch which helped a lot. They still won’t be as stretchy as the store bought ones but the taste was so much better so I actually didn’t mind that. I checked the ingredients list for vegan store bought gummies and apart from the athey use a lot of sugar which creates stretchiness they use pectin. I tried to pectin which is used for jelly making and found some at an organic store. I haven’t tried making gummies with pectin but I would rather have a not so stretchy gummy bear than one that is overloaded with sugar.

Vegan Mixed Fruit Gummies

  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp agar agar
  • 1 tbsp guar gum (alternatively tapioca starch or any starch will do)

Vegan Real Fruit Gummies

Vegan Milky Mango Gummies

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tpsp almond milk
  • 2 tsp mango powder
  • 4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp agar agar
  • 1 tbsp guar gum (alternatively tapioca starch or any starch will do)

Mix all ingredients in a pan and whisk in the agar agar powder. Heat up the pan and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring constantly. Set aside and let cool for  a couple of minutes then fill into your silicone shapes. Transfer to the fried for 30 minutes minimum or straight to the freezer for 15 minutes for a faster result.

Vegan Real Red Fruit Gummies