These homemade vegan gummy fruit snack use agar powder instead of gelatin. They are easy to make with just agar and fruit juice.
I previously shared my homemade fruit gummy bears. It’s a recipe I make often as I really love eating fruit snacks and gummy bears (I’ve also made keto gummy bears, red white and rosé wine gummy bears and rosé champagne gummy bears).
I often get requests for a vegan version that doesn’t use gelatin. So after approximately 300 test gummies later, I’m finally ready to share some vegan fruit snack gummies.
One important thing to note is that these fruit snacks don’t have the same chewy texture that is produced with gelatin. The texture is more like a soft gummy with a consistency slightly firmer than Jello. If you’re familiar with agar based desserts, it’s a similar result.
I stubbornly tried to create a chewy gummy texture but wasn’t able to with agar. However, these are still quite tasty in their own way.
I made ones with orange juice, apple juice, strawberry puree, cranberry grape juice, berry juice blend and coconut water.
Different kinds of fruit juices will produce slightly different results. I also found it was best to stick to real juices and not the juice cocktails and juice blends that are only 10-15% juice.
Surprisingly, the ones that produced the best texture was the coconut water flavor. They have a very slight chew to them.
While I still prefer my chewy gummy fruit snacks using gelatin, I think this is a tasty option for those who prefer softer fruit snack or are looking for a vegan fruit snack. For this recipe, I used NOW agar powder* and these gummy bear molds*.
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Vegan Gummy Fruit Snacks
- 1/2 cup fruit juice (for best results, use 100% juice as opposed to juice drink or juice cocktails
- ½ tbsp. pure agar powder
- 1-2 tbsp honey or agave syrup optional for additional sweetness; use agave syrup if trying to keep completely vegan
- In a small saucepan, add agar powder into juice and whisk until completely dissolved. Bring mixture to a simmer and whisk again. Allow mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the consistency is thickened and syrup-like (but not quite as thick as honey). Whisk occasionally while mixture is simmering so that none of the mixture overcooks on the bottom or sides of the saucepan. Once mixture is done, you can add honey if needed. Some juices are not as sweet and adding the agar powder further dilutes sweetness. If using honey, stir in until dissolved.
- Keep saucepan on stove (so that it doesn’t cool too quickly) but turn off heat. Fill gummy molds using the eyedropper tool (this came with my gummy bear molds). Pop any air bubbles. If you are using larger fruit snack molds, you can also spoon in the mixture.
- Place into fridge until firm (about 10-15 minutes). Keep fruit snacks stored in fridge until ready to eat.
- Please note, this recipe does not make a large quantity. The gummy bears are very tiny so 60-70 is not a lot. Unless you have a lot of gummy/fruit snack molds available, it's best to make these in small batches as the mixture cools and solidifies very quickly. If you have plenty of molds on hand, feel free to double the recipe.
- For this recipe, I used NOW agar powder and these gummy bear molds
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.