Recipe: Pineapple-Pom-Ginger ACV Gummies for Tummies
Apple Cider Vinegar has been the rage for a while now, and for good reason with its multitude of benefits. Although it is my preferred vinegar in my baking, drinking it everyday just isn’t gonna happen with this girl. My husband puts it in tomato juice and tosses it back like a shot of tequila, to get it down and hope for a good effect. When one of my kiddos complained about getting no relief for acid reflux from over the counter (OTC) meds (no celiac diagnosis at this time), I started digging into what I could do at home to help fix the problem – without a trip to yet another doctor who likely would prescribe medications or more tests…the seemly endless cycle for us anymore in “modern day” medicine.
Much of what I was reading about acid reflux was surprising and counterintuitive – several professionals outside mainstream medicine are beginning to discuss the cause of acid reflux possibly being just the opposite of what we all have been lead to believe – too little acid production, not too much. ACV, among other remedies, was mentioned in several articles as an alternative to the OTC stuff. I figured we had nothing to lose, everything to gain and decided to give it a try in lieu of OTC meds.
I made the correct assumption, that like me, ACV needed a really good disguise to get past the lips of my daughter. I played around with some other tummy-pleasing ingredients (pineapple and ginger) and created these gummies that not only got high praise, but I found I actually enjoy munching on them, too! As a celiac, I’m always looking for ways to improve my digestion, and actually look forward to eating a couple of gummies with each meal. Will ACV be a good alternative for you? Do your research and decide for yourself!
Always double check your ingredients for Gluten Free status before using!
Don't have pomegranate juice? You can go with all pineapple, or substitute with another juice.
3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
1/4 Cup Pomegranate Juice
3 Tablespoons Gelatin
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger Juice or 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 Tablespoon Honey
Heat the pineapple and pomegranate juices until hot, but not boiling. Turn the heat off.
Sprinkle the gelatin on top of the juice and whisk until dissolved.
Let this mixture cool until it's just warm - about 15 minutes. It is helpful to pour it out of the saucepan and into a measuring cup with a spout for the upcoming step.
Add the vinegar, ginger and honey and mix well.
Pour into a silicone mold or into a small pan (something like a bread pan) lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap on the bottom and up the sides.
Chill in the refrigerator until the gelatin solidifies - about 30 to 60 minutes.
Remove from molds. If using a small pan, cut the gummies into squares. Store gummies in a covered container in the refrigerator and use them up within a week or two.
One can of pineapple chunks in their own juice yields about 3/4 cup of juice. Use the fruit for smoothies or a snack!
A 30 cavity silicone pan is just the right size for the recipe, and makes 30 gummies, with each gummy containing just under 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. You can find the pan online or at some cooking stores.
Don't get too much of a good thing...Once you've researched the proper amount of ACV you should consume, figure out the amount each gummy will provide. If you are making more or less than 30 gummies, to do the math to figure out how much vinegar you are consuming: 1/4 cup of ACV = 12 teaspoons. Just divide 12 by the number of gummies you made (in this case, 12 teaspoons divided by 30 gummies = .4 teaspoons of ACV per gummy).
If you are using a pan, you can cut the gummies into squares with a knife, or use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.