Even though I am originally from Finland, I’m a beach girl at heart. I could live in warm weather and flip flops all year round. Warm sand, balmy nights, and tropical fruit. That’s what I am talking about. Today’s post is my ode to my favorite tropical drink: the piña colada.
I try to get as much gelatin into my diet as I can. Gummy snacks are an easy way to eat more gelatin. Good quality, grass fed gelatin is good for so many things. It has been shown to improve digestion and food allergies, to strengthen bones, teeth, and hair, and to be good for bone and joint health. It has also been shown to improve the elasticity of skin. Read more HERE about the health benefits of gelatin.
This tropical version of gummy snacks is super easy. Only 4 ingredients. I used frozen, organic pineapple chunks that I defrosted first. Fresh pineapple would work too. I also used full fat coconut milk in a can. (where to buy BPA and additive free coconut milk) There are a couple brands of good quality grass fed gelatin out on the market. I have found Vital Proteins Gelatin to be the best quality.
These turned out better than I expected. Now I can dream of warmer weather and plan my next vacation as I eat my Piña Colada Gummy Snacks.
NOTE: Pineapple contains a naturally occurring enzyme called bromelain that inhibits gelatin from setting/gelling. Bromelain is broken down by the cooking process, so be sure to bring the mixture to a boil and cook for at least a minute. Your gummies will not set if you skip this step.
- In a blender, puree coconut milk and pineapple until smooth.
- Heat mixture in a medium pan to a very gentle boil. Continue to simmer for about a minute. Turn off heat.
- Whisk in honey and then the gelatin one TBS at a time. Continue to whisk until gelatin completely dissolved.
- Pour into 8x8 baking dish or any cute molds you may have. Place in fridge to set, at least 2 hours.
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My kids devoured these. Do you have a favorite gummy snack recipe?
Need some more gelatin recipe ideas?
One of my favorite gelatin recipe books is Easy Paleo Gelatin Treats by Caitlin from Grass Fed Girl. I love everything that girl makes. Caitlin’s book has 30 easy to make gelatin recipes for gummy snacks, smoothies and puddings, all with great photos. All of the recipes use wholesome REAL food ingredients, are gluten and grain free, and are low in sugar (no refined sweeteners.)
I have made several of the recipes for my family. Some favorites in our household are strawberry panna cotta pudding. creamy blueberry gummy bites, and the easy paleo creamsicle smoothie.
And the best part is that it’s on sale right now. ONLY $5.99 for a limited time.