Here’s a recipe for making homemade sugar free gummy bears that are a zero carb fruit snack. These cute little candies are also filled with healthy gelatin.
My older kids, who are now 18 and 19, have introduced their little sister to fruit snacks. Inspired by the sugar free fruit snacks over at SugarFreeMom.com, I decided to try my own homemade gummy fruit candies.
My two year old really likes raspberry so I bought some Raspberry Zinger herbal tea by Celestial Seasonings to try in a recipe for sugar free gummy bears. I used grass fed unflavored gelatin rather than the regular packaged gelatin because I like to support farms that allow cattle to roam free. Nutritionally, there isn’t much difference in gelatin since it has no fat, so if cost is a factor, go ahead and use the least expensive brand.
Since I’m a big fan of gummy bears, I searched high and low for silicone bear molds to make these snacks look just like gummy candies. I ended up buying this Gummy Candy maker at Amazon because it was the only gummy bear mold I could find.
The size of the bears are probably twice the size of regular gummy bears, but it makes it much easier for pouring the liquid in. It also comes with molds for worms and fish. The worm and fish molds are closer to normal size.
I ended up modifying a recipe that came with the gummy candy maker slightly. That recipe used juice as the liquid and had an option to add vitamins.
I used herbal fruit tea since it has zero carbs and calories. I may try this again using stevia sweetened vitamin water which is pretty sweet so I probably won’t need to add any additional sweetener to it.
My two year old didn’t really care for the taste of the raspberry tea, so I made her another batch using a 100% fruit juice punch in place of the tea. She liked the juice ones better and seems to be amused by the cute creature shapes and wants to make sure she gets one of each, a bear, worm, and fish in every helping.
I used the small heated pot that came with the gummy candy maker. It only holds about one cup of liquid so you don’t get very many gummies using it. In fact, it wasn’t even enough liquid to fill all four of the molds that came with it.
I only got 26 gummies when using the small one cup heated pot. The gummy candy maker comes with two bear, one worm and one fish mold. For my subsequent batches, I doubled the amount and used a small sauce pan to heat the gelatin liquid on the stovetop.
Another tool that was helpful in filling the small gummy candy molds is the Wilton Easy Pour Funnel. This funnel allows you to have better control when pouring the gelatin liquid into the molds.
This is a fun way to eat more healthy gelatin which has zero carbs. Now that I have these cute little gummy molds, I’ll be making more flavors of gummies since they are pretty much “free” snacks.
Sugar Free Gummy Bears - Raspberry Tea
- 4 bags herbal fruit tea I used raspberry flavor
- 1 1/3 cup hot boiling water
- 2 oz grass-fed unflavored gelatin or 4 packets regular gelatin
- 1/4 cup low carb sweetener or Swerve
- 2 teaspoons pure fruit extract I used raspberry extract
Steep tea bags in hot boiling water for about six minutes.
Squeeze tea out of tea bags and discard bags.
Pour one cup of tea into small sauce pan.
Whisk gelatin and sweetener into tea.
Heat and stir gelatin mixture on medium heat until liquid is thin and there are no gelatin clumps.
Remove pan from heat and stir in fruit extract.
Pour into silicone molds.
Place filled molds into refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
Remove gummy candies from mold. Keep stored in the refrigerator.
Any fruit flavored drink or juice can be substituted for the tea.
Extract can be omitted if using juice or strong flavored beverage.
Makes about 4 dozen gummies.
Nutrition per gummy: 4.2 calories, 1.2mg sodium, 0g carbs, 1g protein