Here’s a change up to the gummy sweets to give you a luxurious red sweetie for Valentine’s Day and they’re a handy way to get more veg into the one you love! Can’t say I’m particularly fussed about this unnecessary commercial event but it is a good excuse to get making something new….
The recipe follows the same general principle as the raspberry gummy recipe but uses different ingredients.
To make these gummy sweets you will need a saucepan, bowl, smoothie blender/food processor and container to let it set in.
-1 large beetroot, chopped into small cubes
-1.5 cups apple sauce (I made this is autumn and froze it)
-2 dessert spoons Great Lakes gelatin
-1/2 tsp vanilla powder
-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
-1-1.5 cup water
-1/2 cup coconut water/juice/kombucha – optional
Bloom the gelatin in a bowl by adding 1/2 cup water to the gelatin powder, stirring as you do so. Let sit as you prepare the beetroot and apple so the gelatin absorbs the water.
Place chopped beetroot in a saucepan with 1/2 cup water, cover and place on a low heat to simmer gently for around 20 minutes until the beetroot is soft (add more water if required but do not boil covered in water as you will drain a lot of nutrients from the beets). Add the apple sauce and another 1/2 cup water and simmer until they are warmed through.
Place the mixture in a blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the texture of a smoothie. If it is still very thick you could add 1/2 cup of liquid- this could be juice, kombucha, coconut water or just plain water depending on what you have to hand or your preference.
Pour the mixture into a container that it can set in. I use a square tupperware box but for Valentine’s Day you may prefer to use heart shaped ice cube trays!
Allow to cool before covering and placing in the fridge to set. I usually leave it to set overnight but an hour in the fridge should be enough. If you’re pressed for time you could also pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes before putting it in the fridge.
For ice cube tray gummies just pop them out and eat! For a tupperware box, once it has set you can run a knife around the edge and gently persuade it to tip out of the container onto a plate or chopping board. If it has been in a deep container I cut it in half width ways. Then slice into cubes to make individual sweets.
Enjoy! They are fresh so will need eating within 4-5 days and must be kept in the fridge.
Happy Valentine’s Day!