Even though I am originally from Finland, I’m a beach girl at heart. I could live in warm weather and flip flops all year round. Warm sand, balmy nights, and tropical fruit. That’s what I am talking about. Today’s post is my ode to my favorite tropical drink: the piña colada.
I try to get as much gelatin into my diet as I can. Gummy snacks are an easy way to eat more gelatin. Good quality, grass fed gelatin is good for so many things. It has been shown to improve digestion and food allergies, to strengthen bones, teeth, and hair, and to be good for bone and joint health. It has also been shown to improve the elasticity of skin. Read more HERE about the health benefits of gelatin.
This tropical version of gummy snacks is super easy. Only 4 ingredients. I used frozen, organic pineapple chunks that I defrosted first. Fresh pineapple would work too. I also used full fat coconut milk in a can. (where to buy BPA and additive free coconut milk) There are a couple brands of good quality grass fed gelatin out on the market. I have found Vital Proteins Gelatin to be the best quality.
These turned out better than I expected. Now I can dream of warmer weather and plan my next vacation as I eat my Piña Colada Gummy Snacks.
NOTE: Pineapple contains a naturally occurring enzyme called bromelain that inhibits gelatin from setting/gelling. Bromelain is broken down by the cooking process, so be sure to bring the mixture to a boil and cook for at least a minute. Your gummies will not set if you skip this step.Print
Piña Colada Gummy Snacks
- 1 can full fat coconut milk (where to buy BPA and additive free coconut milk)
- 1 and 1/2 cups chopped pineapple (fresh, frozen, or canned)) (defrost first if using frozen)
- 4 TBS grass fed gelatin (like this)
- 3–4 TBS raw honey (depending on how sweet you want them)
- In a blender, puree coconut milk and pineapple until smooth.
- Heat mixture in a medium pan to a very gentle boil. Continue to simmer for about a minute. Turn off heat.
- Whisk in honey and then the gelatin one TBS at a time. Continue to whisk until gelatin completely dissolved.
- Pour into 8×8 baking dish or any cute molds you may have. Place in fridge to set, at least 2 hours.
Pineapple contains a naturally occurring enzyme called bromelain that inhibits gelatin from setting/gelling. Bromelain is broken down by the cooking process, so be sure to bring the mixture to a boil and cook for at least a minute. Your gummies will not set if you skip this step.
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My kids devoured these. Do you have a favorite gummy snack recipe?
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Freeda Burnstad says
Raw pineapple will not work. The Bromelain breaks down the protein in the gelatin causing it to not gel. Same thing with other fruits… http://chemistry.about.com/od/foodcookingchemistry/a/foods-that-ruin-jell-o.htm Not included on the list but in my experience is blackberry… Cooking any fruit solves the problem… I can’t wait to try the recipe!
Yes, the bromelain will keep the gelatin from setting. That is why it is important ti simmer the coconut/pineapple mixture before you add the gelatin. My kids LOVE LOVE these. I would love to hear how yours turn out!
We will be traveling to Disney and want to take healthy snacks with us. How well do these keep out of the refrigerator? They would be in our snack bag for the day so my kids have something to snack on as we walk around the parks. TIA
I pack gummy snacks in my bag for the day. Even though they taste best cold out of the fridge, they stay solid at room temperature. (they may get super soft if it is too warm) You should be fine having them in your snack bag for the day as long as you have a little ice pack in there. I often slide a tiny ice pack in with my food that I bring along. I’m a big snacker so I always have food with me. Gummy snack and meatballs are my favorite on-the-go snack foods. Have so much fun at Disneyland. You are smart to bring your own food. 🙂
I recently tried making my own gummy snacks and found they are super easy and oh so versatile. I’m excited to try this recipe as I love anything pina colada!! I just have a quick question, how long can these be stored in the fridge? I try to make super small batches because I’m afraid they’ll go bad before I can eat them all, which means I’m making snacks every other day. Lol. I’d love to be able to make a bigger batch.
Most gummy snacks last at least 5 days in the fridge. I have definitely had them last longer as well, especially the ones with citrus in them. 🙂
Candace @ Candida Free Candee says
I freeze my gummy treats so I can make giant batches. I have eaten them months later and they taste great! I can’t wait to try thia recipe!
I have never frozen mine. Great idea! Will have to try that. Thanks!
Can I use Xylitol in place of the honey?
You can use any sweetener that you like. I have never used xylitol so I cannot say how it will turn out. Thanks so much for coming by. 🙂
Mine are in the fridge right now. Can’t wait to try them in the morning! 🙂 Thanks for such a simple, yummy sounding recipe! I know my son will love them, too!
I hope you enjoyed them. My little one LOVES these! 🙂
🙁 I just tried this recipe and the gelatin gummed up the second I added it. I’ve been making gummies for years and this has never happened. What do you think caused this? I’m using the gelatin you recommended (always the brand I use). I’m confused and disappointed
Hi, Katie! The only time gelatin has clumped up for me is when I have added too much at one time. In this recipe, I add one tablespoon at a time. then I whisk it in before adding the next tablespoon. You can also let your gelatin “bloom” or “soften” in 1/4 cup of water for 5 -10 minutes before using it. This makes it easier to whisk in. I always try to sprinkle gelatin evenly over the surface of the liquid when I am adding it. Keeps it from clumping. Hope that helps.
These are delicious! I’ve made a few other kinds of gummy snacks and these are by far the best. They do taste like pina coladas! I cut the honey down to about 1 Tbsp and used stevia for the rest of the sweetness.
my daughter and I made these last night with fresh pineapple and let it simmer for 2 minutes before adding the gelatin. just checked them this morning and they never did gel up. I’ll try again, but would prefer not to use canned pineapple. How long did you let yours simmer for?
Katja Heino says
I’m so sorry to hear that you are having issues with the recipe. Sounds like the bromelain was not “denatured” by the cooking. I usually bring it to a good boil for at least a minute and have not had an issue. Be sure to bring it to a boil. I’d love to hear if you attempt it again. I’m always learning more as I go. 😉