Gut-Healthy Homemade Gummies Recipe (2024)

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Made with 5 ingredients including gelatin for gut health, these Homemade Gummies with Probiotics and collagen are a fun treat for both kids and adults! Use different kombucha flavors and create fun shapes to make these collagen gummies even more fun!

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The 1st post of our healing week, these Homemade Gummies with Probiotics are part of our Restorative Health Series, meaning they’re made with anti-inflammatory ingredients and gut-healing ingredients to nourish the body from the inside out.

Gut Healing Gummies

Have you jumped on the kombucha train yet? The popularity of these probiotic-rich drinks has exploded over the last few years, and I’m not complaining at all! After all, with recipes like Citrus Kombucha Mezcal co*cktails and Homemade Fruit Kvass, it’s pretty clear I’ve been on board with this trend for years. In fact, I keep my fridge well-stocked with various kombuchas for all to enjoy! While I love these drinks, I know not everyone is a fan, especially kids.

To me, this is a shame because of how beneficial they are for our gut health! So, to make it easier for everyone to optimize their digestion, I created homemade gummies with probiotics! Not only do these collagen gummies contain probiotics, but they’re also made with gelatin for gut health. Plus, they can be made with a wide variety of flavors and shaped any way you’d like, making them super fun to eat! Who knew health could be both fun and tasty? Keep reading to learn more!

What are Probiotics, Anyway?

So, you know that probiotics are good for you, but do you actually know what they are? Probiotics are live bacteria that exist in the gut. Contrary to what you might think upon hearing bacteria, probiotics are actually very beneficial and help regulate your microbiome. Put more simply, probiotics help regulate digestion. Read more about what they are and how they work here!

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Health Benefits

Probiotics work to fight off bad bacteria in the gut and regulate digestion. As a result, their benefits include (Source):

  • Preventing symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Preventing eczema in children
  • Reducing symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Ingredients for Probiotic Gummies

Unlike other probiotic gummies for adults that are full of added sugars and fillers, these homemade gummies are made with 5 simple, natural ingredients that come together to create a light and refreshing flavor while also helping to heal your gut!

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  • Kombucha There are endless different types and flavors of kombucha to try. Any flavor you like best will work! Note – See below or recipe card for a substitute!

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Nutrition Tip: Sugar is essential for the fermentation process of kombucha, but be sure to read the nutrition label of the kombucha you use! Some brands pack hefty doses of sugar well beyond the amount needed for fermentation. As a general rule of thumb, I aim to select options with 4-8 grams of sugar per serving.

  • Berries – Raspberries or strawberries work best, but any fruit that can easily be pureed can be used, too. I would avoid using any kind of fruit with a core such as apples or pears.
  • Gelatin Powder – Using beef gelatin is crucial! Collagen hydrolysate or peptide powders will not allow the gummies to gel, meaning you’ll be left with just a puddle.
  • Sweeteners and Substitutes: For slightly sweeter gummies, substitute 1 cup of kombucha with pineapple juice. Or, replace the kombucha altogether with 2 cups of pineapple juice and 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar! Adjust the amount of pineapple juice to suit your taste buds.

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Nutrition Tip: Pineapple contains enzymes known as Bromelain which have been shown to reduce pain and swelling, reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, improve digestion, and more! Read more here.

  • Optional Honey – Similar to pineapple juice, honey adds an extra layer of sweetness to this recipe. Plus, the antioxidants help boost the nutritional value even more!

More on Gelatin

Gelatin is a type of protein that has been turned into a powder and is made from animal sources. Consuming it in our diets can help form connective tissue in the body and provide elasticity in the skin. (Source) Most people under-consume gelatin, and while we can make some of the amino acids found in the protein ourselves, it’s often not enough. As a result, it is common to supplement gelatin in meals.

Why It’s Good for You

  • Improved Digestion – Glycine found in gelatin helps restore mucosal lining in the stomach which helps balance the amount of digestive enzymes and stomach acid. This helps prevent reflux, bloating, and indigestion.
  • Protects Joints – Supplementing gelatin in your diet can help offset the effects of eroding collagen in the body. This reduces inflammation and lessens symptoms of arthritis.
  • Improves Sleep – Research has shown that gelatin helps prevent feelings of sleepiness during the day while also improving the ability to fall asleep and quality of sleep achieved. (Source)
  • Improved Cognition – The amino acids in gelatin act similarly to antidepressants working to boost mental clarity, creating a sense of calmness, and lower stress hormones.
  • Improved Heart Health – Gelatin neutralizes the effects of methionine, a type of amino acid found in animal sources. Although beneficial in high amounts, high levels of methionine can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Therefore, by consuming gelatin, you can mitigate its negative side effects while reaping its benefits!

Collagen vs. Gelatin

Although they are often confused and provide many of the same benefits, collagen and gelatin are not the same things.

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Collagen: Often referred to as “glue,” collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps form connective tissue, making tissue strong and resilient. (Source)

Gelatin: Also found in the body, gelatin is a cooked form of collagen.

How to Make the Best Probiotic Gummies

I feel like people often assume that making homemade gummies is difficult to do or requires a million strange ingredients, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth! I’ll prove it with the simple steps below.

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  • Combine. To begin, combine the kombucha and fruit juice in a blender along with honey and fruit, and blend them until they are smooth and well-combined. Adjust the taste as desired, adding more or less fruit depending on how sweet you want your gummies.

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Pro-Tip: If you don’t have a blender, puree the fruit with a food processor or hand blender, and combine it with the other ingredients.

  • Heat. Place the blended mixture in a small saucepan, and heat it over medium-low heat until it starts to simmer.

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Baking Tip: Do not let the mixture come to a boil! You want the water to be just warm enough to dissolve the gelatin. If it becomes too warm it will caramelize the honey, causing it to clump with the gelatin.

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  • Scatter. Whisking constantly, scatter the gelatin powder over the fruit and kombucha mixture. If the gelatin begins to clump after being added, transfer it back to the blender (or use an immersion blender), and blend the ingredients until they are smooth again.
  • Blend. Add the probiotic mixture back to the saucepan, and heat it on low for another minute.
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  • Mold. Pour the mixture into molds of your choice or a lined baking dish.
  • Chill. Place the gummy mixture in the fridge to chill for 2 hours. Or, pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden. Just make sure to thaw them before consuming!
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Fun Shapes and Sizes

For this recipe, we made both cubes and bears, but feel free to experiment with different shapes and sizes! To do so, use molds, baking tins, ice cube trays, and more. A few of my favorite tools include:

Secret Tips for Better Gummies

Hydrate the Gelatin. To prevent the gelatin from clumping in the gummy mixture, try hydrating it first. To do so, mix it with a cool liquid such as water or juice before adding it to the saucepan.

Work Quickly. As soon as the gelatin begins to cool, it will start to set. So, be sure to work quickly! I like to have my molds next to me so I don’t have to waste time preparing them once the gelatin mixture is ready.

Avoid Protease. Certain foods such as mango, papaya, figs, and guava contain a protein enzyme known as protease that could prevent the gelatin from gelling. If using these fruits, try cooking them first! Learn more about the process here.

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Homemade Gummies Q&A

How should I store homemade gummies?

Given that these gummies are made without preservatives, it’s best to store them in an airtight container either at room temperature or in the fridge.

Do I need to refrigerate them?

Technically, no. However, for longer-lasting probiotic gummies for adults, you can keep them in the fridge for up to 2-3 weeks (versus 2-3 days).

How can I keep my gummies from sticking together?

To keep your gummies from sticking together once stored, lightly coat them in cornstarch or potato starch before adding them to a sealable bag or container.


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Gut-Healthy Homemade Gummies Recipe

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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These homemade gummies are made with kombucha and fresh fruit for an easy snack that is nutritious and gut-friendly!


Units Scale

  • 2 cups kombucha or 1 cup kombucha + 1 cup pineapple juice (or other juice of choice) *See notes for kombucha substitutes
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup raspberries or strawberries
  • 8 Tablespoons grass-fed gelatin powder (See notes)


  1. Combine the kombucha and/or fruit juice in a blender with the fruit and honey. Blend until the ingredients are well-combined. (See notes)
  2. Place the blended mixture in a small saucepan.
  3. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until it starts to simmer. Do not let it come to a boil!
  4. Scatter the gelatin over the mixture, whisking continuously. If the mixture starts to clump after adding all of the gelatin, transfer it back to the blender (or use an immersion blender), and blend until combined.
  5. Return the mixture back to the saucepan, and heat on low for another minute.
  6. Working quickly but gently, pour the kombucha and collagen mixture into molds or a lined brownie baking dish.
  7. Place the mixture in the fridge to chill for 2 hours, or place it in the freezer for 30 minutes or until it is hardened.
  8. Once hardened, pop the gummies out of the molds. Or, if using a baking dish, flip it over on a cutting board, and slice gummies into 1-inch cubic squares.
  9. These gummies are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


For a kombucha-free option, replace the kombucha with pineapple juice and 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.

Do not use collagen hydrolysate or peptides as they will not gel. Make sure you are using grass-fed beef gelatin or collagen.

No blender? Use an immersion blender instead.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • chill time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: ¼ cup
  • Calories: 45
  • Sugar: 7.2 g
  • Sodium: 4.5 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Whether you’re a kombucha fan or not, these homemade gummies are definitely something to be excited about! Not only are they good for you, but they taste like candy, meaning even the kids will be excited to eat them. If you do try them, I would love it if you let me know what you think and any fun flavors you try in the comments below!



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How long do gut gummies last in the fridge? ›

Prepared Gutsy Gummies: Store in the fridge & consume within 3 days.

What are gut gummies? ›

Our Gut Gummies are a tasty and convenient way to support your health and wellbeing. Expertly formulated so that each gummy contains 1 billion live cultures, as well as 40mg vitamin C, our gut gummies have been created to support your daily routine from the inside out.

Can you use collagen instead of gelatin to make gummies? ›

Make sure that you are choosing gelatin powder not collagen powder for these gummies because collagen powder will remain liquid even in the fridge. To ensure a smooth-textured gummy, it is important to bloom your gelatin first in cool liquid.

How do you harden homemade gummies? ›

Dry the gummies (I do this at room temp on a baking sheet covered with a silicone sheet, what they call a “silpat” in the biz) for a few days until they develop a thick “skin.” Roll them in a 3:1 mixture of confectioner's sugar and corn starch. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

Can you eat too many probiotic gummies? ›

It is possible to take too many probiotics, though a harmful overdose isn't likely. Common side effects of taking too many probiotics can include bloating, gas, and nausea. Those with a weakened immune system should consult a doctor before taking probiotics.

Is it safe to take probiotic gummies everyday? ›

A common question about probiotics is whether it is ok to take probiotic supplements every day. Whilst there may be a few exceptions to this rule, the general answer is yes, it's safe, and usually recommended, to take them daily. It's important to understand that probiotics are a natural supplement and not a medicine.

What are good probiotic gummies? ›

Culturelle® — best prebiotic and probiotic gummies for price. Culturelle® is one of the reputable and well-established supplement brands in the USA, offering a wide range of products.

What are the side effects of digestive gummies? ›

Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain/cramps, nausea, vomiting, gas, or bloating may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Do gut gummies work? ›

I gave these over a month and I have noticed less wind and less bloating, wind hasnt completely vanished but I have noticed a great difference - give it time.

Is gelatin or collagen better for gut health? ›

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, and gelatin is a degraded form of collagen. Therefore, they have virtually identical nutritional profiles and may both improve joint, skin, gut, hair, and bone health.

What kind of gelatin is best for gummies? ›

The best gelatin to use for gummies, egg-free baking or other uses is grass-fed gelatin. I like Great Lakes brand glyphosate-free grass-fed gelatin as well as Further Foods gelatin. You can use code ALAENA to save on Further Foods. We love their plain and vanilla collagen too!

Why aren t my homemade gummies chewy? ›

The major bottleneck in pectin-based gummy candy is to achieve a somewhat chewy texture as it is meant to be jelly-like. The tricks here are to maintain a precise pH of 3.5 during gel setting and not to heat up the pectin-sugar-water mixture beyond 220-240°F, otherwise, the candy may become sticky and caramelized.

What do you coat homemade gummies with? ›

Shiny Bears: The Role of Carnauba Wax

It imparts a shiny finish and acts as a barrier against moisture, extending the shelf life of the gummies. The process of applying a carnauba wax coating to gummy candies involves creating a mixture of carnauba wax and a neutral-flavored oil, such as vegetable or canola oil.

Why are my homemade gummies so soft? ›

When the gummy is too soft it generally means that the amount of gelatin in the recipe is too low, or the ratio of water is too high.

Do probiotic gummies go bad? ›

Most probiotics have a shelf life of about a year, but some expire sooner or later depending on how they are encapsulated and whether they require refrigeration. Some probiotics, due to their design as well as what bacterial strains are used, are less stable than others.

How long do probiotic gummies last? ›

This is important to look for on your probiotics label, because many times, if you continue taking your probiotic after expiration, it will not be as effective if the live cells have perished. In general, quality probiotics have a shelf life of 2 to 4 years.

Can gummies go bad in the fridge? ›

Store in a cool, dark place away from heat and light. The ideal storage temperature is 60-70°F. The fridge works too but may harden or dry some edibles out over time. Keep edibles in an airtight container to limit oxygen and moisture exposure.

Should I refrigerate probiotic gummies? ›

What do the experts say? “Products containing live organisms will need to be refrigerated, as they are sensitive to moisture and heat,” Greene said. “However, if a product uses freeze-dried organisms, they often do not require refrigeration.”


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