How To Make Vegan Gummy Bears?

Are you and your little munchkin obsessed with gummy bears? Are you guys sad that you cannot have gummy bears anymore as you turned to a vegan diet?

Well, no one can blame you because most of our favorite sweets have gelatin in them. And as vegan, we cannot have it. 

You have the option of getting vegan gummy bears. But let me warn you that vegan gummy bears are expensive. If something you can make at home easily then why splurges on it! So let’s share the gummy bear recipe with you that you can make with kids in various shapes. 

How do I make the texture of a gummy bear without gelatin?

We all know the texture of gummy bears is different because of the gelatin. The chewy texture is made from gelatin. But how can we make that texture without using gelatin?

Yes, the answer is Agar-agar powder. Agar-agar is made from red algae. So it’s not an animal-derived product like gelatin. It has a natural jelly-like consistency similar to gelatin.

vegan gummy bears

But remember to keep a positive mind as the texture will be a little softer than the store-bought one. At least your one will be healthier and cruelty-free. And that’s enough for a portion of homemade food. 

How To Make Vegan Gummy Bears?


Ingredients you need for making vegan gummy bears

There are so many flavors of gummy bears that you can easily make at home. Each needs a different ingredient for making a unique flavor. Here is a recipe of some flavor for you to try.

Clear vegan gummy bear

Vegan gummy bear recipe
  • Apple juice 1 cup
  • White sugar 2 tbsp
  • Agar-agar powder 2 tbsp

Orange vegan gummy bear

  • One peeled orange
  • Apple juice 1 cup
  • White sugar 2 tbsp
  • Agar-agar powder 2 tbsp

Purple vegan gummy bear

  • Blueberries half a cup
  • Apple juice 1 cup
  • White sugar 2 tbsp
  • Agar-agar powder 2 tbsp

Instructions for making vegan gummy bear

You are going to need molds for making the gummy bear. So buy some and chill them in the freezer after cleaning them. Cold molds are great as it will help the gummy bear to set faster. 

Blend whatever fruit you are using with the apple juice in your mixer. The texture should be as smooth as your blender can make. Then strain the liquid with a fine-mesh strainer. It will turn the liquid into a smooth pulp. 

In a saucepan put that pulp, sweetener, and the agar agar powder. Stir it constantly and bring it to a simmer. It will take three minutes to cook.

Do not stop stirring or it will make lumps. After 3 minutes turn off the heat and let it cool for a little bit. Then pour the mixture into the mold. 

vegan gummy bears recipe

Place it in the fridge for an hour. After an hour, check if the candies are set properly. If yes you can enjoy it right away.  

You can try other flavors following the same recipe by just adding the key flavor. If you want cola flavor you can use cola instead of fruit juice and make the gummy bears. You are not going to miss the store-bought gummy bear again. 

Final thoughts

I hope this was easy for you to understand as much as it is easy for me. You do not have to be a culinary expert to make vegan gummy bears. You can involve your kids in the making process. It’s so easy that they will not have a hard time. 

Also, the reward is indeed sweet. So you are in a win-win situation either way. Also, the recipe has no artificial flavor or color. So it’s the healthier sweet snack that you can give your children.

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