Give your body a boost before your workout with these berry-flavored homemade fruit snacks made with fresh fruit and a full serving of Openfit Fuel Pre-Workout Formula.
Don’t have Openfit Fuel yet? You can get it here.
Munch on a handful of these — one serving is 16 pieces! — within 30 minutes of starting your sweat sesh to help fuel your body and crush that workout.
How to Make Homemade Gummy Bears
Prepping these sweet snacks is a lot like making Jello, which is to say, it’s easy. Here are a few tips to help you make them perfectly:
These gummies can be made in a regular glass baking dish lined with plastic wrap and cut into bite-sized pieces, or go super legit with a silicon gummy bear mold.
To get started, whisk gelatin with a small amount of water (or follow the instructions provided below if you’re using agar) and set the mixture aside while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
The fruits in this recipe don’t need to be peeled, in fact, it’s better if they are not. The peels are a source of fiber, micronutrients, and probiotics that make this healthy snack even better for you. Plus, they add pretty flecks of color!
So keep the skins on, but for the best results the apple and pear should be chopped into very small pieces. To do that, cut each in half, remove the core and stem, then make thin slices. Cut those slices into a stack of matchsticks, then turn the stack perpendicular to your blade and cut into tiny cubes.
Cook the fruit in ½ cup water for three minutes to soften it, then stir the fruit into the gelatin mixture with lemon zest, Openfit Fuel, and more water.
Next, pour the mixture into gummy molds or a prepared glass dish and place in the fridge to set and chill. When the mixture is firm—but jiggles when you wiggle it—it is ready to serve.
Pre-Workout Gummy Fruit Snacks
- 1 cup water divided use
- 2 Tbsp. gelatin or 1½ Tbsp. agar powder
- ½ cup pear finely chopped
- ½ cup red apple finely chopped
- 1 tsp. lemon peel finely grated (lemon zest)
- 2 scoops Openfit Fuel Pre-Workout Formula
Combine 2 Tbsp. water and gelatin in a small mixing bowl; whisk well. Set aside for 5 minutes
Heat ½ cup water in a small saucepot over medium-high heat; add pear and apple. Cook, bringing to a low boil, for 3 minutes. Take off the heat.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the peel with the Fuel and gelatin mixture. Carefully pour in the fruit mixture, mixing well. Then pour in remaining ¼ cup and 2 Tbsp. water.
Pour mixture into a deep glass baking dish lined with plastic wrap. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours, or until gummies have set.
Cut gummy mixture evenly. Divide gummies into equal portions.
• You can use a gummy mold for this recipe. They can be found at your local craft or art supply store, specialty cook shops, online, or at some grocery stores.
• If using agar, add the water, pear, and apple to a small pot to boil. Pour agar into the water, whisking vigorously to dissolve. Take off heat to cool for 5 minutes. Add in peel and Fuel, whisking to combine. Pour mixture into a deep glass baking dish lined with plastic wrap. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours, or until gummies have set.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
Do Homemade Gummy Bears Have to Be Refrigerated?
Homemade gummy bears should be refrigerated. That’s because “they have a higher water activity level that promotes microorganism growth at room temperature,” says Cameron Fiorenza, BS – NDTR and Culinary and Nutrition Specialist at Openfit.
To keep your gummies fresh, he recommends storing them in the fridge in an airtight container with a paper towel or two underneath to absorb excess moisture. Leftover gummies can be frozen for up to two weeks.
Should I Use Gelatin or Agar to Make Gummies?
This recipe has separate instructions for using gelatin or agar. So which should you choose?
Gelatin creates a soft, jiggly texture, and has long been the gold standard for gummies and other culinary delights. However, it is made from animal collagen and is not vegetarian.
Agar, a powder made from seaweed, is a good substitute for those who have a dietary preference to not use animal products. Fiorenza says, “Recently, agar has been making a stand in the culinary world.” He explains that results with agar will be more firm because agar solidifies harder than gelatin, gram per gram.
Photography by Anguel Dimov, AB Creative