Paleo Lemon Gummy Bears
Whether you have kids, or you’re just a kid at heart, these paleo lemon gummy bears are a delicious treat that is better than store-bought.
Why Make Your Own?
They’re just gummy bears. They look so innocent, and they’re so easy to find and buy. Why mess with homemade?
First of all, this is an easy recipe to make. It’s quick, it only has three ingredients, and it’s not going to break the bank.
Of course, you will need a mold for the bears (or worms, or anything you’d like), but they’re typically less than $10 in the U.S.
You may be able to (sort of) see through gummy bears, but the truth about what’s lurking inside is less transparent if you’re not paying attention.
These colorful candies get their sweetness from – you guessed it – sugar. And there’s a lot of it.
A typical serving of the store-bought bears contains more than 20 grams of sugar. Whoa. This paleo version is tame by comparison – there are only 7 grams of sugar per serving of these homemade treats.
There’s also something else you probably don’t want to serve up to your loved ones: artificial dyes.
Sure, they make the candies look like little bear-shaped gems. Almost too pretty to eat. But dyes aren’t there for your health, and it’s much better to achieve color through natural foods.
How I Made These Paleo
Instead of sugar, I opted for honey to sweeten my homemade bears. Honey has the right taste and consistency for these lemon bears.
Speaking of lemon, you’ll need a quarter cup of fresh lemon juice for this recipe. The real lemon adds a delicious bit of tartness to play off of the sweetness of the honey.
Finally, you’ll use gelatin to make these candies appropriately squishy and springy.
More Paleo Snacks
Obviously, paleo or not, gummies are not going to be a large part of your diet. But simple snacks like this can help you bridge the gap between healthy meals.
Fruits and veggies are the core of your snacks, but sometimes you might crave something a little more treat-like.
It’s fine to enjoy paleo-friendly snacks like the ones on this list. While some are homemade, like these gummies, others are things you can run to the store and pick up.
Sometimes those paleo-safe, but store-bought products are a lifesaver. Chasing a paycheck, chasing your dreams, and/or chasing children doesn’t always leave a whole lot of time for cooking.
Try them out, and let me know your favorites!
A delicious, better-for-you gummy candy
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons (12 g) gelatin powder
- 2 Tablespoons (24 g) honey, to taste
- In a pan, heat up the lemon juice and honey and slowly add in the gelatin, a bit at a time, sprinkling on top.
- Whisk the gelatin in well.
- Pour the mixture through a sieve into gummy bear molds and carefully refrigerate until set.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 37
- Sugar: 7 g
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 3 g