Nutrition, Recipes

Happy (Healthy!) Halloween Gummies

October 31, 2015
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Happy Halloween! How exciting to be spending my very first Halloween in New York! Tonight, I’m off to enjoy some ‘golden oldies’ at the ‘Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band’ concert in Brooklyn before an outfit change and a cab ride back to Manhattan to join some friends at their ‘Hairy, Scary Halloween Extravaganza’ – fun! My husband and I are dressing up after the concert – we decided it might be a little too much to dance the night away dressed like this so we’ll be sporting a pair of devil ears for the occasion – a small, subtle nod to Halloween until after the big show.

Before we head off to the concert, we’ll be taking part in some fun, safe ‘Trick or Treating’ happening in our building. Everyone has been given the chance to take part or not – if we do, we have been asked to hang a sign on our door (see picture below) to indicate our door is knock-able…

 

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Done! I couldn’t imagine not taking part in this, plus a lot of parents in my building have said they’re counting on me to produce some tasty, healthy treats for them and their kids to try (no pressure then right!? :) )Among a whole bunch of healthy treats I’m creating today, I wanted to share this particular recipe with you because it’s yummy, healthy, gut-supportive AND super versatile depending upon what molds you use. Not so long ago, I encouraged you to make some tummy-taming sweet turmeric milk. If you made it recently and still have some leftover in your fridge you can easily use it in this recipe to create some delicious, healthy gummy sweets that tick a LOT of healthy boxes!

If you don’t have any of this milk, then go ahead and substitute some fresh fruit juice (just stay away from pineapple or kiwi juice because both contain an extract ‘bromelain’, that won’t allow agar to gel into a nice gummy texture!) or you can also use your favourite herbal tea. Whatever liquid you choose to use, I hope you and the kids (big or little!) enjoy these…

Happy Healthy Halloween Gummies

Makes 1-2 small silicon trays-worth of gummies.

You need:

  • 1 cup homemade sweet turmeric milk (or 1 cup fresh fruit juice, or other liquid)
  • 2 teaspoons agar powder – (I buy it in bulk here – if you have never purchased from this international online store, I can vouch it’s a great one. Prices are reasonable and you can use this link to receive 10% off your first purchase).

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

  • 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder (use only if making these with turmeric milk! The extra turmeric will add more colour to your gummies – perfect if you’re using a pumpkin molds like I did)
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup/raw honey or brown rice syrup (to balance out extra turmeric or to sweeten your liquid of choice).

You do:

  1. Warm milk/liquid in small saucepan until slight bubbling appears. Turn heat to low.
  2. Pour in agar powder and whisk to combine well. Stir occasionally – until you notice the mix thickening – this should take about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Once mix starts to thicken (if it slides more slowly off your whisk), add in optional extras and whisk  to combine well over a medium-low heat. Turn down low if bubbling occurs.
  4. Pour into molds and leave to set in fridge. (These gummies will harden over time and become more ‘gummy-like’ if you keep them in the fridge in an airtight container when not eating them!).
  5. Enjoy!

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