Perfect Keto Gummy bears that are easy to make, sugar free and delicious. Kids and adults love them. They will easily fit into into your macros. If you have been missing gummy bears since going keto, good news you don't have to anymore.
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Keto Gummy Bears Recipe.
Been a long time coming guys! These are perfect keto gummies and I bet you would enjoy as much as we do. They can easily be made into sour gummy bears by rolling it on some ascorbic acid (vitamin C powder see variations section for details)
What are gummy bears?
According to Wikipedia Gummy bears are small fruit gum candies which originated from Germany. They are similar to a jelly baby in some English-Speaking Countries. The candy is roughly 2cm long and shaped in the form of a bear. The gummy bear is one of the popular gelatin-based candies sold in a variety of shapes and colors.
Are Gummy bears truly Keto friendly and Sugar free?
These are truly keto friendly and refined sugar free. They are not highly in fat though but make the perfect chewy snack to help you with an occasional sweet cravings.
These keto gummy bears are super easy to make and requires just 4 major ingredients
- Food color** and
* What Brand of sweetener can I use?
Recently I have been using monkfruit sweetener a lot more often as I find that it doesn't have any after taste. Feel free to use xylitol*, erythritol or any keto sweetener you prefer.
Note: If using xylitol, make sure to keep the xylitol or any food that has xylitol in it away from your pets. Xylitol has been found to be very harmful to dogs.
** If you would rather not use food colors, check out my list of natural food color alternatives in this post. You can also use freeze dried fruit powder like strawberry fruit powder or raspberry fruit powder.
How to make Keto Gummy Bears with step by step photos.
Traditionally gummy bears are made with corn syrup, sugar, gelatin, food colors and flavors. Then the mixture is poured into a gummy bear starch mold. The starch helps to absorb excess moisture which further adds to the chewiness of the gummy bear. Much like the effect corn starch has on baking powder
I prefer to use powdered sweetener for keto gummy bears. If what you have is the granular sweetener, not to worry you can easily blend it till smooth with a coffee blender.
Are these keto gummy bears chewy?
Yes they are chewy but not as chewy as the store bought ones. The traditional gummy bears contain corn syrup which isn't keto friendly. The combination of corn syrup and gelatin is what gives the traditional gummy bears its chewiness. For an even chewier experience, leave gummies in the refrigerator exposed. The refrigerator air would absorb some moisture from it and this makes it chewier.
Can I make Vegan Keto Gummy Bears?
I haven't tried making Vegan Keto Gummy Bears before but Agar Agar Powder is good vegan substitute to gelatin. You can try that. If you do try it please drop me a comment, I would love to hear how it went.
Variations of these Keto Gummy Bears
- You can make these with fruit powder for a fruit gummy bear experience. Just add about 2 tablespoons of the fruit powder to this recipe. Bear in mind that the macros would differ.
- If you love sour gummies my kiddos do, I don't. You can dust these with a mix of sweetener and some vitamin C powder. or granular food grade citric acid This best done just before you eat the gummies.
Quick Tips to guide your gummy bear making.
- I have found it best to use a powdered keto sweetener. If what you have on hand is the granular form, blend it with a coffee blender till it's powdery.
- Work fast when working with the dissolved gelatin mixture because if it gets cold on you, it would set (gel up) and won't be easily pulled into the dropper anymore. But If that happens, pop it in the microwave for a few secs and it would dissolve again. Alternatively leave the bowls containing gelatin mix in a tray of hot but not scalding water while you fill up the mold.
- If you would love for this gummy to be chewier, instead of storing it immediately in a jar in the refrigerator, spread them in a flat plate and leave them open, the refrigerator air would dehydrate the gummies (much like the effect the starch molds have on the traditional gummy bears) they would be chewy but a little smaller in size.
Nutrition per Serving: (makes 12 Servings)
Calories: 1 | Total Fat: 0g | Carbs: 0g | Fibre: 0g | Protein: 0.5g | Net Carbs: 0g
Frequently Asked Questions
Any liquid food color would work.
Yes you can. You can make natural colors using fruits and veggies. Refer to the Table in this post showing what fruit or veggie to use to achieve your desired colors.
You can use any silicon mold of your choice I used these ones. These are also a pretty choice.
Aldis has some, Trader Joe's does as well and maybe Whole Foods. If none of these stores are near you, It's sold online but more expensive.
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Keto Gummy Bears (Low carb, Sugar free)
- Gummy bear mold
- ½ cup water
- 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin I used Knox
- ¼ teaspoon Fruit extract of choice
- 5 tablespoon powdered Lakanto Classic or Xylitol
- Pour ½ cup of water in a sauce pan then add the powdered sweetener to the water stir.
- Sprinkle gelatin on the water stir to mix. Warm up on the stove top to dissolve the gelatin completely. It's ok if it foams.
- Turn off heat, add fruit extract, stir and divide equally into 4 bowls
- Put a drop or two of your choice of food colors stir to combine
- Use fresh dropper to fill the molds, one color at a time. Rinse drivers clean between colors.
- Refrigerate for 30 mins, remove from molds and enjoy.
These are easy and have a good texture, but I’m definitely using way less sweetener next time. Thank you!
Happy you liked the texture. Yes you can adjust the sweetener to your liking. You can also use erythritol or Allulose which are not as sweet as monkfruit.
Thank you for your feedback it’s appreciated. You rock!
I love making these and really enjoy the flavors, but sometimes when I make them, after putting them in tupperwear in the fridge within a couple hours they will have the "dehydrated" look and no longer have that rubbery exterior. I can't figure out why this is because I've been using Erythritol powdered sugar substitute versus granular substitute. Would appreciate any input you have on this.
Do you leave them open in the fridge? Covering the containers tightly should help since the circulating air in the refrigerator also dries out food. Waiting to hear from you.
I leave them open in the fridge when I let them set in the fridge, but once I take them out of the molds I put them in a sealed container.
How many ounces or Tablespoons of gelatin? Not sure what one envelope contains
A pack of 4 reads 28g(1oz) on the packet. On measurement it’s a little less than a table spoon more like 1/2 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon. Hope that helps
Not chewy or stretchy like a regular gummy?
No it’s not as chewy or stretchy. But it hits the spots. Leaving it in the refrigerator uncovered adds a bit more chew to it. Hope that helps.