There is no need to miss your favorite sweet treats on a low-carb diet. These Keto Gummy Bears have all the flavors of your favorite gummy candy without any of the sugar. With nothing but natural ingredients, you won’t believe how much like the “real thing” these are.
With Halloween just around the corner, you may be questioning your ability to stick to a keto diet.
I mean, Halloween without candy? Not going to happen.
The good news is that it is so easy to make delicious keto-friendly candy, like these keto gummy bears.
I love them, my kids love them, and I think you will too. I love them so much that I try to keep them in the refrigerator all the time. (And bonus: gelatin is good for your skin and nails.)
Ingredients for Making Keto Gummies
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- Keto-Friendly Fruit: I recommend strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
- Citrus Juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.
- Gelatin: You want unflavored gelatin powder to make this gummy candy recipe
- Sweetener: I recommend Swerve confectioners as that is what I used to test this recipe.
- Food Coloring: This is optional and something I only use for special occasions. (Like a Halloween party.) I recommend using a natural food coloring that is derived from plants.
Tips to Make the Best Sugar-Free Gummies
- Allow the gummies to set at room temperature or in the refrigerator. I don’t recommend trying to freeze them to speed up the process because this impacts the final texture.
- The only “difficult” thing about making these gummies is how tedious dropping the liquid into the molds can be. This is a great project to get your kids to help with!
- Stir the mixture occasionally as you are dropping it into the molds to keep it well combined.
Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional gummy bears are loaded with sugar and are not keto-friendly. Luckily it is super-easy to make your own.
Some of them can be, though it depends on how you define keto and what works for you. This version is keto, and contains only clean ingredients. (When I do use food coloring, I choose a brand that is made from plant based ingredients.)
Many recipes use sugar free jello, which contains ingredients that some people prefer not to have. Many purchased sugar-free gummies also contain ingredients that put them squarely in the “dirty keto” category.
Ultimately, I don’t subscribe to the keto police mentality. Do what works for you and your body.
Yes! Gelatin is essential to achieve the proper texture for gummies. I use unflavored grass-fed gelatin, which I typically get from Amazon or Whole Foods. It doesn’t take much and has so many other great uses. (See below for more recipes that use it!)
You can expect it to take about 30 minutes to 1 hour for your gummies to be fully set, though they will start to firm up after about the first 10 minutes.
Tools Needed to Make Sugar Free Gummies
- Gummy Bear Molds - They don’t have to actually be bears. Any silicone molds that you like will work for making this sugar-free snack. Worms, hearts it is all good!
- Droppers - If you order gummy molds, most will come with a pipette or dropper for transferring your fruit juice mixture to the mold cavities. If not, you could use a small measuring cup with a spout or a teaspoon measure.
- Small Saucepan
Store your homemade gummy bears in a sealed container. (They will dry out if you keep them in the molds.)
They can be kept at room temperature for about five days or stored in the refrigerator for two weeks. If eating them chilled bothers you, just pull them out of the fridge for 15 minutes before serving.
Can You Freeze Sugar-Free Homemade Gummies?
Yes, you can freeze them! To do this, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the gummies in a single layer.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about three hours until they are frozen solid.
Transfer the frozen gummy bears to a freezer-safe container or plastic bag and freeze for up to three months.
How to Make Keto Gummy Bears
First, start by placing the berries and juice in a blender. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Transfer to a saucepan and heat over low heat.
If there are seeds or skins that you would like to remove, strain the mixture. (But there is nothing wrong with a little texture in your sugar-free gummy bears if it doesn’t bother you!)
Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Add the gelatin mixture and Swerve to the saucepan and increase the heat to medium-low.
The gelatin will be firm, and you will need to whisk vigorously to incorporate it into the berry mixture. Be careful not to boil.
If you want to add food coloring, at this point you can. (But it isn’t really necessary.)
Place into molds and refrigerate this gummy bear recipe until your gummies are solid.
Unmold and store in a sealed container.
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More Keto Recipes that Use Gelatin
- Keto Meatball Casserole
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- Stuffed Meatballs
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Meatloaf
- Keto Chocolate Pudding
Keto Gummy Bears
- 1 cup keto-friendly berries - blueberries strawberries, or raspberries
- ¼ cup lemon or lime juice
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- ¼ cup Swerve Confectioners more or less to taste
- Optional: Natural food coloring
- Place the berries and juice in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan over low heat.
- If there are any seeds or skins you would like to remove, you can strain the mixture.
- Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the gelatin mixture and the Swerve and increase the heat to medium-low.
- Cook until the gelatin and Swerve are dissolved, whisking vigorously to incorporate the gelatin and being careful not to let the mixture boil.
- Add in the food coloring if you are using.
- Place into molds and refrigerate until solid.
These keto gummy bears are so fun to make and the kids loved them!
My favorite guilty pleasure snack in keto form! Thanks so much for this recipe!
Journa Liz Ramirez
These are the cutest gummy bears I've ever seen and made! I had so much fun making these. Thanks Wendy for this amazing recipe! These are also a perfect addition to our Halloween treats!
Loved this gummy bears recipe! Turned out really delicious and super tasty! Will surely have this again! Thanks a bunch for sharing!
These are the best gummy bears for kids because they don't have sugar. Much better than store-bought gummy bears. Thanks for the recipe.
Do these need to be refrigerated for long term storage?
Jk I can read. 😉