Healthy Low Sugar Gummy Candies | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Oct. 6. 2017

Low Sugar Naturally Colored Gummies

Oct. 6. 2017
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Gummy snack attack!

Learn how to make your own low sugar gummy bears, worms, penguins, etc. all colored naturally with matcha, spirulina, and many more superfood powders. Say huh bye artificial colors, refined sugars, and hello to a fun recipe to try this season!

I don’t know if you were the same, but we grew up on fruit snacks, gummy bears, and gummy worms as treats. With Halloween quickly approaching us, I wanted to share a timeless and year-round treat to make for the kids or for the adults who want to have a little fun with their food.

Gummy candies across the board are not only loaded with refined and processed sugars, but also food dyes (some banned in other countries), and artificial coloring. If you’re vegan, there are two ways to make these gummies, I personally don’t eat beef but I will say, when I used the traditional gelatin (from beef) it made the gummies an exceptional texture. I experimented with a vegan option and it worked fairly well, but I do prefer the traditional gelatin texture –  there’s an option for everyone’s lifestyle! If you have kids, this is a really fun activity to do together, even as an adult this was such a fun recipe to make, photograph, and surprisingly very easy.

The biggest tip I have for you while making this recipe is to be sure to clean up as you go, work as quickly as possible because the mixture needs to be warm/hot while stirring the colors together and also when putting them into the mold. As soon as it starts to cool, it forms the gel! I had all my colors laid out in bowls, stirred them each with a bamboo whisk (which worked beautifully), and quickly dropped them in the molds with the dropper you’ll get from the below gummy tray set I used.


If you’re using multiple colors with this 1 recipe, use small white bowls to separate each color in as pictured. I didn’t measure the powders, just started with about 2 teaspoons of each powder in a bowl, added in the gummy mixture, stirred, and assessed the color (i.e. kept it as is or added more colored powders to change the color).

WHAT YOU’LL NEED to make these! The powders not only give the gummy some flavor, they also naturally color it.

I can’t wait for you to try this recipe! Leave a comment it, rate it (this helps me improve future recipes), and don’t forget to tag a picture #nutritionstripped to show how you live and try these recipes on Instagram. I’d love to see what you come up with and how you use this recipe this fall!

xx McKel

The Recipe

Serves 3 trays



1, 15 canned organic coconut milk (use light or full, I use full)

4 tablespoons gelatin

1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional color powders in the blog post which also give it flavor: cherry, strawberry, turmeric, matcha, spirulina

Optional additions include: stevia, 1/4 cup maple syrup (recommended), honey to taste (I use a couple drops of stevia)



Using a small pot, heat the coconut milk on low heat to a boil, remove from heat and quickly whisk in 1 tablespoon of gelatin at a time to avoid clumping. Once it’s dissolved, continue with the remaining gelatin.

Stir in vanilla, stevia as an option, and pour this mixture into individual bowls with colored fruit/superfood powders. Whisk the gummy mixture in with the powders well avoiding clumps.

Use the gummy dropper to pour the colored mixtures as desired, into the silicon molds.

Chill in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours or more.

These will keep well stored in an airtight glass container for up to 1-2 weeks, I prefer to keep them chilled.

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