Thanks to this wonderful season, otherwise known as all things pumpkin, I created some little gummies that are not only tasty and adorable but also beneficial for your health. Gelatin is a combination of proteins and peptides obtained from bones, skin and connective tissue of animals. In its original form it is called collagen. Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen. Diets in the past were laden with this beneficial substance but we no longer consume large amounts of fibrous tissue and organ meats. Eating a nutrient-dense diet sometimes isn’t enough. A lack of collagen in our system can lead to issues like thinning hair, wrinkled skin and even osteoporosis.
There are multiple health benefits to gelatin:
- great for joint health
- strengthens hair, skin and nails
- improves digestion by healing gut lining
- amino acid profile can aid in building muscle
- immune function
- weight regulation
I also use a form of gelatin, collagen peptides or collagen hydrolysate, as a daily supplement in my hot tea. I am currently sipping on a Pumpkin Spiced Chai tea latte. You can find my #PSteaL recipe here. In this form the collagen is processed a bit more which breaks up the proteins into smaller pieces. This can make it an easier form to digest. It also doesn’t gel, which works out better for me since I usually end up drinking lukewarm tea due to a sometimes hectic morning routine. I use Vital Proteins brand for both gelatin and collagen peptides. The gelatin can be used to make these awesome gummies as well as many other gummy recipes you can find via Google, gelatin and puddings snacks (think Jello only delicious and health). It can also be used to thicken sauces, where conventionally gluten would be used. The collagen peptides can be added to tea and coffee, smoothies and plain old water to give your body an added amino acid bonus! Another great way to get a good dose of collage into your diet is drinking bone broth. I don’t do this daily, but I will once or twice a week make a Buttered Bone Broth with tasty spices. You can also use bone broth in savory recipes where water is a listed ingredient.
- • PUMPKIN PIE LAYER
- • ½ cup pumpkin puree
- • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- • ½ Tbsp pumpkin spice blend
- • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- • Pinch of sea salt
- • 2 Tbsp gelatin
- • WHIPPED CREAM LAYER
- • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- • ½ Tbsp maple syrup
- • 1 Tbsp gelatin
- Grease loaf pan with coconut oil
- In a sauce pan, on medium heat, whisk all PUMPKIN PIE LAYER ingredients, except gelatin
- Bring to a slow boil, remove from heat
- Slowly sprinkle in gelatin while continually whisking
- Pour into greased loaf pan, place in freezer
- Repeat process for WHIPPED CREAM LAYER
- Pour into loaf pan on top of set pumpkin layer
- Do not add second layer to loaf pan until pumpkin pie layer has set, 30 mins
- Refrigerate until both layers have set, about 2 hours
- Using spatula, remove gelatin layers from loaf pan
- Cut into thirds, length wise using greased knife
- Cut each third into small, pie shaped triangles.
- Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container
You can use Stevia to make these sugar-free. The conversion for Stevia is usually 6-9 drops to 1 tablespoon of sweetener, in this case maple syrup. I am not a big fan of the flavor that Stevia brings. Plus quality maple syrup contains a plethora of antioxidants as well as zinc and manganese which are beneficial to heart health and your immune system.
Do you have any favorite gummy recipes?
To a nourished life,