You don’t need to be an expert to get enjoyment and inspiration from The DIY Pantry (F+W Media, 2014). With help from author Kresha Faber, readers can break free from processed foods and learn to make healthy, delicious meals without spending hours in the kitchen or breaking the bank. This excerpt from "Crackers, Cookies, and Snacks" is a tasty and kid-friendly Homemade Fruit Snack recipe.
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Homemade Fruit Snack Recipe
Fruit snacks are great anytime snacks because they can go anywhere. Whether you’re packing a child’s lunch, needing something to tide you over during an afternoon slump, or wanting a quick burst of energy when you’re out on a trail, these fruit snacks are certainly one of the best treats to have on hand. Due to the high percentage of gelatin, they’re firm enough to put up with travel and also provide you a good dose of protein. For the best flavor, choose very full-flavored fruits and fruit juices, such as berries, cherries, pomegranates, or blueberries. Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Egg-Free
Cost Per Serving: $ $
Fat: 0 g
Protein: 6 g
Sodium: 16 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Carbohydrates: 25 g
• 1 cup puréed fruit
• 1 cup strongly flavored fruit juice
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 cup cold water
• 1/3 cup (about 8 packets) unflavored gelatin
1. Place fruit in a blender and purée until smooth. Make sure the final puréed product is equal to 1 cup.
2. Add the fruit juice and honey to the blender and purée again until smooth. Pour mixture into a large bowl and set aside. Have a whisk or a large spoon at the ready.
3. Fill a saucepan with 1 cup cold water and stir in the gelatin until combined. The mixture will be very thick and will want to congeal.
4. Place over medium-low heat and heat the mixture until the gelatin is dissolved, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes. With this amount of gelatin, it can sometimes be difficult to see whether all the gelatin is dissolved, but you’ll be able to make an educated guess by stirring it gently and observing whether whole granules are moving around in the mixture or not.
5. Pour the dissolved gelatin into the fruit mixture and whisk well to combine. Quickly pour the mixture into an ungreased 9 inch by 9 inch cake pan or into candy molds and allow to cool in the refrigerator uncovered for 2 to 3 hours. If you’re using candy molds, know that you must work extremely fast or the mix will set before you can pour it all.
6. Allow the fruit snacks to set completely before removing them from the cake pan or molds. If using a cake pan, place the fruit snack mixture on a cutting board and cut it into 144 pieces by cutting 12 strips, then cutting each strip into 12 pieces.
7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.
Excerpted from The DIY Pantry by Kresha Faber Copyright © 2014 by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Buy this book from our store: The DIY Pantry