So I’m making these gummies the other day. I’ve measured out my strawberries, juiced my lemons, and heated this mixture over the stove. I pour it into my Vitamix with the intention of blending it with the gelatin to make sure the gelatin was fully incorporated. I figured I’d turn the blender on low and then slowly pour in the gelatin, leaving the lid off obviously because you can’t really pour something into the blender with the lid on. Well it turns out my blender was not on the lowest setting like I thought it was. It was on high.
So I turn it on, sans lid, and strawberry puree splatters ALL over my kitchen and myself. And the worst part was that it was HOT! I stood there in the kitchen, paralyzed, with hot strawberry puree in my hair, on my chest, on my arms and just called out to my husband because I didn’t know what else to do. He of course came to my rescue and cleaned up the mess in the kitchen so I could hop in the shower. He’s pretty great, that guy.
I tend to be a little clumsy in the kitchen. I’ve sliced my finger, burnt my hand, dropped a knife on my foot, and spilled more times than I can count. But this was bad even for me. I didn’t know it was possible to burn the top of your head while cooking, but I managed to do just that along with my chest and my shoulder. Fortunately they were pretty mild burns. And fortunately these gummy hearts were worth the pain.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m sure you are being bombarded with all sorts of chocolate and other sugar filled goodies. And while I don’t think indulging in the occasional sweet treat is a problem for most people (obviously since I just posted a Cherry Vanilla Hand Pie recipe), eating ALL THE CHOCOLATE just because it’s Valentine’s Day is probably not a great idea. (But if that’s what makes you happy then more power to you!)
But in case you’re looking for something that is still treat-like but not quite so sugar filled, then these Strawberry Lemonade Gummy Hearts are for you. Not only are they sweetened with natural sugars, but they also have some awesome gut healing properties thanks to the gelatin! You can read more about the benefits of gelatin here. The best source of gelatin of course is homemade bone broth, but that’s not an appealing option for some people apparently. If you ask me, this is the perfect way to get that gelatin in for someone who is resistant to consuming bone broth, whether that’s yourself, your kids, or a stubborn spouse (as in my case).
- ⅔ cup lemon juice
- 1½ cups strawberries (about 18 medium strawberries)
- 3 Tbs gelatin
- 1-2 Tbs honey (optional depending on your tastes and the sweetness of the berries)
- Over medium low heat combine strawberries, lemon juice and honey
- Once mixture starts to simmer, add to a blender and blend until smooth
- With the blender on low, slowly add gelatin and blend until combined
- Pour into molds or into a parchment lined baking dish
- Chill until set, about 30 minutes to an hour
Be the ultimate romantic and give the gift of gut healing to your friends and loved ones this year with these Strawberry Lemonade Gummy Hearts!
In vibrant health,