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I absolutely love fun healthy recipes that my kids will eat. This zucchini gummy recipe is easy and delicious. I know it sounds weird, but it’s so good! Trust me. My kids LOVE it! If you want a new and different snack for your kids, definitely give this zucchini recipe a try!
If you grow a vegetable garden and have ever grown zucchini, you know it can come in abundance! We certainly got an abundance this year!
We have made zucchini bread (regular and chocolate), zucchini muffins, baked and sautéed zucchini. All are delicious and my kids will eat most of them. But, we still had more zucchini.
So, I have been trying to get creative on how to use up all of our zucchini. That’s why we tried out this zucchini gummy recipe! You can also make zucchini fruit leather! I am going to try that sometime, too!
Zucchini Gummy Recipe for Kids
4 cups of peeled, seeded and cut Zucchini
1 can Juice Concentrate
1 Tbsp Honey or Agave Syrup (optional)
Dehydrator- I have a Cosori Dehydrator and LOVE it! (can be done in the oven, too)
To make these zucchini gummies, I used 2 large zucchinis. Start by peeling the skin off of the zucchini.
Next cut them in half lengthwise and scoop or cut out all of the seeds in the center.
Now you need to dice the zucchini into small pieces.
Put the zucchini pieces into a large pot with the juice concentrate and 1 juice can full of water.
You can use any type of juice for this recipe. The type of juice you use will change the color and flavor a lot. We had orange juice concentrate in our freezer, so that what we tried. It was delicious, but my kids want me to make more in different flavors now! Since orange juice concentrate tends to be a little sour, we added in a tablespoon of agave syrup. You could also use honey, or leave it out entirely.
Bring it to a boil and cook over medium-high heat for about 30 minutes, or until the zucchini looks a bit translucent. It will take on the color of the juice.
Now you can scoop them onto the dehydrator sheets using a slotted spoon to drain off the excess juice. Since they are really wet, I put mine on parchment paper. I only have one solid tray in mine, but the parchment worked great!
I dehydrated mine at 135 degrees F for 8-12 hours. Just turn it on and let it go overnight for a tasty morning treat! You want it to be firm and dry. The texture when it was finished reminded me a bit of dried pineapple.
Don’t Have a Dehydrator?
You can do it in the oven, too! Just heat your oven to the lowest setting. If it doesn’t go below 200 degrees, prop your oven open.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake them in your oven for 8-12 hours. Check them a few times through out.
Here Are Our Finished Zucchini Gummies:
I have seen these gummies made with Kool-aid as well. You can try that for a more colorful and sweeter option. I just prefer to keep things healthier and more natural around here when possible.
Teach kids about the health benefits of zucchini. Zucchini is really healthy, so getting kids to eat it is definitely a good thing! It’s full of vitamins and antioxidants, fiber and heart healthy properties. It is good for vision and bone health.
Talk about how a dehydrator works. There is a lot of science behind how a dehydrator works!
A dehydrator removes the moisture from food so it can be preserved longer. It uses heat and air flow to reduce the water content in foods. Removing the moisture stops bacteria from growing and spoiling food. It also reduces the weight of food making it easier to store.
Weigh the zucchini before and after you make it to see the difference!
If you have a zucchini abundance like we did, check out this adorable book: Zora’s Zucchini by Katherine Pryor. It’s the perfect book to get kids excited about growing and eating vegetable!
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