In the beginning stages of the GAPS diet, only a few foods are allowed. And these foods all require a bowl, spoon, and stove! Having a toddler snack for when you’re on the go is a real challenge. This veggie gummies recipe is the answer!
Meat stock, cooked meat, and cooked vegetables. That’s what’s allowed on the very first stage of the GAPS introduction diet. Most toddlers don’t spend a tremendously long time on the first few GAPS diet introduction stages. But while they’re there, it’s really hard to have a grab and go snack for when you’re out and about.
As you know if you’ve been on the GAPS diet, all of the allowed foods have to be kept refrigerated for storage. They also require being at home to heat and eat them. And for a toddler, this also requires a highchair and bib. And then you have to sit down and spoon feed them! It’s not exactly a convenient situation for when you’re out of the house running errands or doing other activities.
When my toddler began the GAPS diet, I discovered a life changing hack. I invented a GAPS diet toddler snack that you can take with you when you’re out and about, can safely go without refrigeration for a good length of time, and it is allowed on the very first stages of the introduction diet.
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What are veggie gummies?
If you enjoy making homemade snacks, you’re probably familiar with the many homemade gummy recipes that are out there. This recipe one is one of my favorites for when honey and fruit are allowed.
I used the same basic recipe idea for these veggie gummies, but left out sweeteners and used pureed cooked GAPS legal vegetables instead of fruit or juice. For the liquid, I used meat stock. They were an instant hit! Even my three year old (who isn’t on the GAPS diet) really enjoyed them.
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Gut healing gelatin
Gelatin from healthy, grass fed cattle is actually very good for us. It’s great for strong, healthy skin, hair and nails. What mom doesn’t want that? Gelatin is even good for hormone health. Another bonus! This is the gelatin that I like to use.
Since the GAPS diet focuses on healing the gut, it’s good to know that gelatin is one of the very important nutrients that helps to heal the digestive tract. Meat stock, one of the main foods in the first stages of the GAPS introduction diet, contains high amounts of gelatin.
The addition of good quality gelatin makes these veggie gummies a beneficial, gut healing food, not just a filler snack. This is great for those early GAPS diet stages. it’s especially good for a toddler, since we want every bite of food they eat to count toward healing.
For my veggie gummies, I chose cooked, pureed carrot, pumpkin, and broccoli. These turned out to be vibrantly colored orange, yellow, and green gummies. To me they just tasted mildly of cooked vegetables. Not unpleasant at all! Both my kids really liked them, and ate them eagerly.
As with the classic homemade fruit gummies, the sky is the limit when deciding what shape to make these. If you don’t have any silicone molds, you could definitely just pour the mixture into a pan and cut them into squares when they have firmed. For kids, fun shapes are always a bonus. We have a variety of silicone molds at our house. For this recipe, I wanted something pretty small, since I was giving them to a one year old toddler. We used these little gummy bear molds.
All in all, these were definitely a life saver for me when my son was on the very first stages of the GAPS diet. I now had something I could grab and bring with us when we were out of the house for a bit. They could safely go without being refrigerated for as long as I was away from home (which, as you know, with a toddler means just between nap times). These veggie gummies are something I could hand him to eat in his car seat, stroller, or shopping cart. No cooler, ice pack, stove, spoon, bowl, bib, or highchair required! Win.
For bringing any kind of snacks on the go, I like to avoid plastic as much as possible. Glass isn’t usually a great option for being out and about with kids, either. These reusable cloth sandwich bags with zippers have been awesome for us, and we use them all the time.
Veggie Gummies Recipe Directions
- 1 cup pureed cooked (very soft) GAPS legal vegetables
- Meat stock or water
- 1/4 cup grass fed beef gelatin
- Cook vegetables until very soft (I steamed mine).
- Puree cooked vegetables with a little meat stock or water until they are a very smooth liquid.
- Put vegetable puree into a saucepan and heat over medium low.
- Gradually add 1/4 cup grass fed beef gelatin per 1 cup vegetable puree and whisk in.
- Once gelatin is mixed in and dissolved, pour mixture into molds.
- Allow to hard in freezer for 5-20 minutes, depending on size.
- Pop out of molds, and enjoy.
- Store in the refrigerator for long term storage, and use within about a week.
Veggie gummies recipe video
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