Making Your Own Omega-3 Gummies!

Kids love gummies, and so do us grown ups. You may be shocked by how many adults I see who take their vitamins and supplements in the form of a gummy. But gummy supplements can be $$$. Getting omega-3 into my son is a priority, and we’ve liked using Barlean’s Omega 3 Smoothie Flavored Fish Oil Liquid Supplement with Vitamin D, 1080mg EPA & DHA Fatty Acid. And one day, I decided to put it in a gummy. All by myself.

There are many ways the gummy recipe can work. Ultimately, we (my son and I) decided this was the best one. After trying various recipe concoctions that came out too sweet or not sweet enough, this one was just right. But feel free to adjust it to your preferences. I’ve commented on how it came out trying it different ways to help guide your decision. And if you use a juice that isn’t so pigmented, like apple juice, adding the food based colors below is a super fun way to make them as bright as the junk food version of a gummy.

Using Silicone Molds for Gummies

You don’t have to have a mold for your gummies. They come out just fine in a casserole dish and cut into pieces. However, the world of silicone molds is just too much fun to pass on. Take this fish mold below. It screams Goldfish cheese crackers, and maybe one day we will try that out, too. If you look closely, you may notice there are even little impressions for an eye on each fish. This shows up in the final product beautifully! How fun!

Barlean’s Fish Oil Smoothie Liquid

Ok, ‘fish oil smoothie liquid’ sounds disgusting.😂 But this stuff is so delicious! 😋 Barlean’s got it right with this product. We like the Mango Peach flavor. The Lemon Creme is good, too. But I haven’t even tried the Citrus Sorbet, Key Lime Pie, Passion Pineapple Smoothie, or Pina Colada. This is not your grandma’s fish oil (if you’re a Boomer, that is). Just squeeze into a spoon and spoon into you and your children’s mouth’s. Or if you are my brother, just squirt it straight into your mouth from the bottle. We don’t get super hung-up on dosages here, because fish oil is food, and fatty acid balance is at stake.

*Caution if you are on blood thinners or have an upcoming surgery (fish oil has a blood thinning effect).

I’ve only tried this recipe using Barlean’s as the source of fish oil. You could try using another fish oil product*. *At your own risk, haha. But seriously, ya’ll, try this at home.

The Gelatin

You can go a couple of ways here.

One way is to use a gelatin mix you like. I like ‘simple mixes’ gelatin mix as they use natural ingredients for color. For the lime flavor that is green they use spirulina and turmeric for color. For orange, annatto and beet juice. And for strawberry, red beet juice and annatto. In case you are like me and just needed to know what annatto looks like in real life real quick:

Using a gelatin mix is going to mean it is sweetened. And to make your gummies more gummy like and less gello like, you will be using less liquid. So they come out pretty sweet. I wasn’t crazy about the level of sweetness, so this recipe does not use gelatin mix.

Next we tried using plain gelatin, water, and the Barlean’s. Since Barlean’s has a sweet taste, I thought it might be enough to make the gummies sweet.

Nope. They were not sweet at all. Do not recommend. Maybe this is your thing, but for us it was just meh. You could always start with that as a base and use your sweetener of choice.

Next I tried plain gelatin with juice and the Barlean’s, and it was ok.

So this brings us to the next way you can make your gummies. To pump up the sweetness, but not to an obnoxious degree, juice and a tablespoon of honey did it just right. And for this version of the recipe, I used Young Living’s Ningxia berry juice.

Your recipe awaits you below. And here’s the thing: These are so quick and EASY to make, you can try a few different versions on a Saturday afternoon. It is a great activity with your kids. And I have found it to be a pretty forgiving recipe, meaning it doesn’t seem to get messed up very easily. So have at it and tell me how yours came out in the comments below!

fish and worm gummies

Omega 3 Gummies

These gummies are made with unflavored gelatin, Barlean's fish oil smoothie flavor liquid, and juice. All you need is a small sauce pot, whisk, and some fun silicone molds (but you can just use a casserole dish).
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill in Fridge 30 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 16
Calories 31 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 small sauce pot
  • 1 whisk
  • 2 silicone molds depending on the size of the molds, makes about 130 square inches of gummies
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 sheet pan

Ingredients
  

  • 8 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup juice of choice
  • 1/4 cup Barlean's Smoothie Flavored Fish Oil Liquid Flavor of choice
  • 1 tbsp honey optional

Instructions
 

  • Set your molds up on the sheet pan so they are ready to go.
  • Warm the juice in small saucepan. It does not need to boil, just hot.
  • Add the gelatin and whisk in until completely dissolved.
  • Whisk in the Barlean's Fish Oil Liquid and remove from heat.
  • While still hot (it starts to set as it cools), gently pour the gelatin mixture over your mold(s), spreading it across the mold with a spatula to ensure each pocket of the mold is filled.
  • Run the spatula across the top of the mold(s) to remove as much extra gelatin mixture as possible.
  • Transfer the sheet pan with the molds to the fridge and allow them to set for at least a half hour.
  • Once set, you can pop the gummies out of the molds. I like to store them in fridge in a container with a lid.

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 0.1IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.04mg
Keyword gelatin, gummies, omega 3, snacks, sweets
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Variations to Try

  • After you spread your gelatin into the molds, but before you put them into the fridge to set, sprinkle some sugar on them. However, you can do one of two things: let them cool a bit so the sugar does not melt, or let them cool in the fridge for just a couple of minutes, and then sprinkle sugar on them.
    • We tried coconut sugar first, but it came out kinda dirty looking. The flavor, however, was super yum.
    • You might try the Monk Fruit sweetener that is very sugar like. It’s one of my fave sugar substitutes.
    • There is nothing like plain ole cane sugar. Just go easy on it.
  • Simple Mixes has a few flavors: Orange, Strawberry, and Lime. Try pairing these with a complimentary flavor of the Barlean’s fish oil smoothie liquid.
  • If you are going the plain gelatin and juice route, you can also pick a juice that pairs well with the flavor of Barlean’s.
  • You can even use some fruit puree in the gummies! Just a little goes a long way and gives them a different texture that is kind of nice.
  • Want to add some color? These food based powder colors are the best! They are great to have on hand for icing or other baking experiments as well.

Move over Swedish Fish, we’ve got gummies with nutritional value! Did you try this recipe? Comment below!

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Anne Marie Berggren RDN, MS, CDN, CNSC is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Nutrition, training in integrative and functional nutrition, nutrition for mental health, obesity and weight management, is a board certified nutrition support clinician, and an adjunct professor for the Stony Brook Graduate Nutrition Program teaching advanced clinical nutrition.

2 thoughts on “Making Your Own Omega-3 Gummies!”

  1. 5 stars
    This is better with grape juice and some honey in my opinion. Can you post the recipe when using gello mix?

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