Easy Zero-Carb Gummies

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You all know by now the amazing health benefits of gelatin, but just in case, here’s a reminder:

Gelatin improves skin health, is high in protein and aids digestive function. It eases joint pain and helps to control blood sugar. Gelatin can assists in maintaining healthy bones. There’s more, but that should do it for now.

There are many ways to increase your daily intake of gelatin, but none as fun and tasty as these adorable little gummy bears.

Please make note of two things though. First, check that the fruit tea you are using has no added sugars. They can be sneaky like that and you may be eating hidden carbs without even knowing.

Also, just because these work out as no sugar, no carbs doesn’t mean that you can go crazy eating them. Snacking is snacking and overdoing it on a healthy snack may lead to making unwise choices.

These jellies are 100% protein so keep that in mind. Eating the whole batch in one sitting (trust me, it's easier than you think would likely throw you over your macros. Don't get me wrong, sufficient protein will help you stay full for longer, especially if your goal is to lose weight. But protein is not a particularly efficient fuel source and a significant excess of protein may raise your insulin levels and stall your progress.

This is a sweetener-free treat but you can add your favorite low-carb sweeteners such as stevia or powdered erythritol. Enjoy!

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Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, 5-6 gummies)

Net carbs0 grams
Protein3.1 grams
Fat0 grams
Calories12 kcal

Calories from carbs 0%, protein 100%, fat 0%

Total carbs0 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium7 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium1 mg(0% RDA)Potassium1 mg(0% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 160 g/ 5.6 oz gummies)

Tips:
  • This ratio of liquid ingredients to gelatin will result in very firm gummies. You can use up to 1/2 cup more liquid ingredients for chewy gummies.
  • If you're making homemade gummies for the first time, make sure to check this guide to avoid common mistakes.
  • You can use any fruit tea or a combination of more flavours like I did. Apart from fruit tea, you can use herbal tea such as hibiscus, mint or ginger, and your favourite low-carb sweetener.*

Instructions

  1. Divide your tea into two parts and scatter the gelatin over one. Leave to bloom for 5 minutes.
    Easy Zero-Carb Gummies
  2. Meanwhile, warm the remaining tea in a saucepan and then add the gelatin mixture. Stir over medium heat until dissolved.
    Easy Zero-Carb Gummies
  3. Pour into moulds and place in refrigerator for two hours. Keep warm or gently reheat if the gelatin starts to solidify in the saucepan. Note: Place your silicone mould onto a tray before filling to make moving it easy and disaster free (Talking from experience!). My silicon tray came with a pipette, but a clean eye dropper would do the job too.
    Easy Zero-Carb Gummies
  4. When set, pop out of moulds and into a jar to store. This recipe makes 60-70 gummies.
    Easy Zero-Carb Gummies
  5. Store sealed at room temperature for up to a day, or in the fridge for up to a week. Easy Zero-Carb Gummies

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 5-6 gummies)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
FRUIT & HERBAL TEAS
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Gelatin powder, thickening agent, unsweetened
0 g3.1 g0 g12 kcal
Total per serving, 5-6 gummies
0 g3.1 g0 g12 kcal
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I love gummies and I just wanted to share my results in case it helps others avoid mistakes. These are really firm and I love that. The only downside is that I found the 1/4 cup of tea was not enough to bloom all the gelatin and you'll have some leftover powder on top. I was worried but in the end it didn't matter. The moment I added the hot tea and heated the mixture up it melted really well with no clumps. I think that next time I'll use my bigger heart shaped molds. The gummy bear molds I have (I think same as on the photos) are very small and it takes longer to fill them up with the pipette so the mixture starts to set before you're done. I just reheated it gently scraping it from the sides with a spatula and it worked but would be easier with larger molds.  

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Sorry if bothered, there's doubt about the receipt, it's that mean 120ML devide into 4 part, 30ml for each bowl, and half of the gelatin in each flavor.  Heat the water without gelatin and add the water with gelatin later. Is that right?
My broken English, please forgive me a Chinese hahah

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What I did is I poured 1/4 cup over the gelatin and then used just one type of tea (not 2 types of tea as pictured). Other than that I followed the recipe as is. It's better if you double the batch if you want to make it with more types of tea. It's just easier to work with larger quantities 😊 To me it actually looks like Naomi doubled the batch in the photos.

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I've never worked with gelatin before.  I've tried this recipe a few times now and can' seem to get it right.  It seem like the ratio of liquid to gelatin isn't right for it to bloom.  I feel like i'm putting so much gelatin in such little liquid that it does not all absorb.  Any advice?  I've added more liquid, but then the gummy bears aren't firm enough.  What am I doing wrong?

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Hi Megan
Perhaps your gelatin is slightly different than the one that I used? Check the setting instructions and use them as a guide.
You can add the unbloomed portion of gelatin to the hot tea, to help it dissolve.
Ideally, you bloom the entire amount, but give that a try.
Cheers, Naomi

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Hi Megan, I apologise for that - it was my mistake. I made this recipe and realised that I got the grams and ounces correct but the cup size was too large. It was doable but they were very firm and were setting too quickly. It's all fixed now!

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I had a little bit of a  problem with these gummies. The 1/4 c of tea wasn’t enough to bloom all of the gelatin so I ended up with several hard white balls that wouldn’t melt in the hot tea. I bloomed them in cool tea as you don’t specify which but the tips do.  But the biggest problem is  what to do with the leftovers in the pan, they have either turned to gelatin cement (on the sides), or a supper gummy mess. Even trying to clean it all off first, I’m afraid ANYof this going down the pipes will clog them immediately. What did you do?

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Hi Kathy Jo
Sorry that this happened. Maybe you had an unusually strong batch of gelatin? I'm not sure.
As far as cleaning up goes, if you don't want to pour it down the sink, warm the gelatin on the stove until it returns to liquid form and then pour it into a container to dispose of in the rubbish.
Hope this helps
Thanks, Naomi

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Hi Kathy, I apologise for that - it was my mistake. I made this recipe and realised that I got the grams and ounces correct but the cup size was too large. It was doable but they were very firm and were setting too quickly. It's all fixed now!

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I love firm gummies. Can I increase the amount of gelatin to make firm chewy gummies? Or is there something else I can add or do to make them firm?

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Hi Raia, these are very firm so you won't need to use more gelatin.

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