You may have heard by now that bone broth is all the rage. Yes? People sip it with their breakfast and at all hours of the day to benefit gut health, autoimmune conditions, etc. I’m all about gut health, but sipping broth for breakfast??? That’s a little out there even for me! Gut-healing gummies (think healthy jell-o) do the same thing. How ever could that be??!!
First of all, let’s walk down ancestral Memory Lane. When our Paleolithic ancestors killed an animal, they were both the antithesis of picky as well as the epitome of resourceful. Every last piece of that animal was going to get used in some way or another—including the bones! What better way to use the bones than to make bone broth? Well, the bones are a really beneficial source of two amino acids that are wildly protective and healing. Those two rockstars are glycine and proline. Glycine and proline are really important for gut health and, more specifically, healing mucosal lining. Mucosal whaaaa? Mucosal lining. Think of the lining of your favorite purse. Now pretend that purse is your stomach and intestines. Now pretend that lining is largely made up out of mucus. Gross, I know, but you get the point!
The great news is that grass-fed/pasture-raised bone broth AND grass-fed beef gelatin contain these two rock star amino acids. As someone that has a major love for gummies (they’re basically my kryptonite) AND has some major GI issues (history of EVERYTHING—parasites, h. pylori, candida, SIBO, etc.), I decided to go the gut-healing gummies route. Sipping bone broth first thing in the morning just really doesn’t blow my skirt up if you know what I mean.
Back to the gummies and our need for their amino acids…chemotherapy can do a major number on your intestinal health (can I get an Amen?!?) because it targets fast-growing cells. Under the category of fast-growing cells, we find: hair, muscle tissues, and the GI tract (because of its mucus content). Healing the lining of both the stomach and the intestines is VITAL to restoring gut health, which also equates to immune health.
These gummies were primarily inspired by Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Wellness. My first batch (Raspberry Lemon) was delicious, but I wanted to mix it up a little bit and utilize the huge bag of wild blueberries I scored at Grocery Outlet. Plus, what are recipe rules for other than to break and change them?! You’ll learn this quickly, but recipes are basically just a jumping off point for me. Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit was the other inspo. She made gummies with the most adorable robot molds—I HAD to get in on that.
So, here is the love child recipe….
Lemon Blueberry Gut-Healing Gummies
1 1/2 Cups Organic Lemon Juice
2 Cups Organic Frozen Blueberries
1/2 Cup Sweetener of Your Choice*
3/4 Cup Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin
Some brands to consider would be Vital Proteins (my favorite) or Great Lakes. Some brands tend to clump together more—Vital Proteins doesn’t, which I’m so thankful for!
*Flavor-wise, my favorite sweetener is maple syrup. However, for a lower carb version, I highly recommend confectioner’s monkfruit like Lakanto.
1) Blend the lemon juice and frozen blueberries in a high-powered blender (Vitamix is my fave) or food processor until fully combined.
2) Transfer to sauce pan and bring to a low boil over medium heat.
3) Slowly sprinkle in the gelatin while whisking constantly until fully dissolved.
4) Add the sweetener and whisk until fully combined.
5) Pour the mixture into silicon molds of your choosing.
Pro Tip: Use a baster if you have smaller molds. Pouring from a larger Pyrex or sauce pan can be quite tricky and messy. Trust me on this one!
6) Pop those babies into the refrigerator until they’re firm.
Note: the time will vary depending on the size of the molds, but tends to be about 45-60 minutes. You can also put them in the freezer to speed up the firming time.
Chances are, you won't have enough silicon molds to firm them allll up at once. That’s fine! Leave your remaining gummy mixture on the stove and turn the heat onto low when you’re ready to pour your next batch.
In my experience, these will stay just fine in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 10 days (as long as you don’t eat them first!). Give inspira a little shoutout if you make these!