Vegetarian Fruit Snacks

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project Gelatin is one of those sneaky non-vegetarian things. That’s a huge bummer since it’s in fun things like tons of candy, marshmallows, Jell-O and fruit snacks. That last one is especially dire if you’re the parent of two crazy little boys who just happen to LOVE fruit snacks. I mean, really. What kid doesn’t?! Luckily, pectin based fruit snacks are becoming easier to find. Annie’s Fruit Snacks are some of our favorites but we can easily finish an entire box in one sitting! That’s ok if it’s the only way your kids will chill out and let you walk around Target for a bit but they definitely can get expensive as a daily snack. But…

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project <cue the fanfare> Agar Agar to the rescue! It’s a plant based thickening agent that is often used in Asian cuisine and a vegetarian mother’s best friend. You can find Agar Agar flakes in the Asian section of most grocery stores. This recipe calls for Agar Agar powder which is a bit more difficult to get your hands on. I suggest checking out your local Asian grocery store. I love that place!

I hope you and, more importantly, your kids enjoy these! Even if you’re not vegetarian/vegan, if you’ve got agar agar and some fruit juice, you’re halfway there to a super quick and healthy snack. Any mother can appreciate that! :)

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks

(adapted from LadyMake)

Ingredients:
- 6 T Agar Agar Powder (not flakes)
- 2 C Unsweetened Fruit Juice
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 T Granulated Sugar (not a liquid sweetener since it’ll change the consistency)
- Silicon Ice Cube Trays (I got mine in the dollar section of Target)

Directions:

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project 1. Gather ingredients. The juice I bought was sweetened already so I omitted the sugar. In a pinch, even Kool-Aid would probably work. Not as healthy but would probably taste pretty good. Edit: I just found out that the Golden Coins Agar Agar Powder I bought isn’t 100% Agar Agar. You’ll probably need half the amount listed in this recipe if you’re using pure Agar Agar.

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project 2. Mix 4 T of the Agar Agar and sugar into the juice in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved.

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project 3. Lay out your trays on a nice and even flat surface.

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project 4. Heat liquid to a rolling boil. Continue for about 7 minutes until the liquid becomes the consistency of cough syrup. Add up to two tablespoons more Agar Agar if necessary. The original recipe said it would become as thick as glue but I never got to that stage. Allow to cool slightly (not too much or you’ll have one big fruit snack!)

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project 5. Poor into ice cube trays and allow to cool completely. You can pop these in the fridge if you want to speed up this process. Who am I kidding?! You’re going to want to pop these in the fridge to get them into your kiddos outstretched and impatient hands ASAP! Should take around 10 minutes or less.

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project Hmm, I wonder how these Vegetarian Fruit Snacks would taste infused with vodka…mmm. ;D

Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project Vegetarian Fruit Snacks | A Tried & True Project  You think he likes them?! :D


Comments

    • says

      At first glance, I thought your amazon find was kinda expensive so I was looking for a price on the agar agar I bought locally (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006QYOGS6/?tag=trtr01-20). The Amazon reviews revealed that the Golden Coins brand isn’t pure agar agar. I’m thinking that’s why there’s such a price difference with the Berry Farm one. You would probably use 1/2 the amount so it would go much further. Hope that helps!

  1. says

    I LOVE THIS :) My kids love fruit snacks but I hate all the chemicals they are made with. I can’t wait to try these out! I can get Agar Agar flakes at my local grocery store…do you think I could just grind them into powder? (If not then I’ll just have to get some through amazon I think)

  2. says

    hi vanessa! i’m julie, you’re new follower. i tried making some juicy jub jubs like these before, using only 2 ingredients, it worked, but they were reaaaaally strong tasting. i think i’ll dilute the juice with water next time. btw, i loooove the design of your blog.

    love, x
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  3. Hailey says

    Has anyone made these with the pure Agar Agar powder? I used 3T and it seems to have been way too much. They are like wax. I wasted a good amount of money so I’m wondering if anyone has the correct ratio before I mess them up again. They didn’t get too thick in the pot so I thought they’d be ok but sadly no :( Thanks in advance for any tips!!!

    • says

      Check out the original recipe I link to in the post. I think she used pure Agar Agar powder and could probably be helpful in determining the right ratio. Better luck next time!

  4. says

    Did the consistency and texture come out like other fruit snacks for you? I just made my first batch and they were pretty crumbly. But I’m excited about the next batch and trying more!

    • says

      Hmm, I wouldn’t have called my consistency crumbly but they weren’t as solid/sticky as the store bought variety. Hope the next batch is better!

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