Aromatic Tummy Gummies

by Jade Shutes

*This recipe has been adapted from Gummy Snacks by Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry in Real Life paleo.

Ingredients for Aromatic Gummies

– 1 cup chopped and pureed fruit. (Puree fruit with water in blender or food processor)
– 1/4 cup lavender hydrosol

– 1/4 cup water *Can divide between water and honey or maple syrup if more sweet is desired.
– 6 drops Fennel essential oil* (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) *Optional
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed!)
– 4 – 1 ounce packets of gelatin powder *Can use regular or beef gelatin

Directions to make

1. Using a blender or food processor, combine fruit, hydrosol, and water together.
2. Pour mixture into medium sized stainless-steel sauce pan and place on medium heat. Add in tablespoon of lemon juice. Then slowly add in gelatin. I recommend using a medium sized whisk to stir constantly while adding in gelatin powder. Stir until gelatin has completely dissolved then remove from heat. Add in essential oil or synergy.
3. Pour mixture into molds (see here) or into a 9 x 9 inch baking dish.  If using mold, place mold on tray so that it is easy to move to fridge after pouring mixture.
4. Allow to chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Can leave in fridge over night.
5. Gummies are ready to enjoy. Store in glass container in fridge or cool area of kitchen.

Be creative with the recipe by adding in different hydrosols with different fruits. I made some gummies this summer with nettle hydrosol and a bit of honey (approx. 1/8 cup) to sweeten them up a bit. Yummy! Other hydrosols to consider: Rose (Rosa damascena), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), or Spearmint (Menta spicata). Can also add herbal teas. Have fun!

Recommend using only 5-6 drops total! We used 6 drops of Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) and that was more then sufficient! Other essential oils to consider: spearmint (Mentha spicata), peppermint (Mentha x piperita) 3-4 drops, ginger essential oil (Zingiber officinale) 4-5 drops, Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum), or lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).