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Homemade gummies can aid in a variety of gut conditions, as well as reversing autoimmunity. So, keep this homemade gummy recipe on hand to reap the many health benefits!

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Homemade gummies made with quality beef gelatin are a nutrient-dense, delicious snack. I’m even willing to bet your kiddos will love them as much as you do! Aside from being a family-friendly snack, the best part about homemade gummies is that they are loaded with gut-healing benefits (thanks to one superstar ingredient). Homemade gummies can aid in a variety of gut conditions, as well as reversing autoimmunity. So, keep this homemade gummy recipe on hand to reap the many health benefits!


The key ingredient in homemade gummies is gelatin. Gelatin is composed of animal bones, connective tissue, skin, and cartilage. While it might sound less than appetizing, gelatin is typically flavorless and odorless. Yet, it’s rich in protein and collagen, which are super nutrients for gut health. For culinary purposes, many gelatin products are used to thicken or create a gel-like substance—like in this case, gummies! 

Due to its impressive amino acid content, gelatin is well known for healing and improving skin, hair, and nails. But, that’s not all! The amino acids found in gelatin are proven to support gut integrity and therefore improve intestinal permeability. For this reason, gelatin can serve as an invaluable health tool to support inflammation in many gut healing protocols.


Gelatin is arguably best known for its gut supporting properties. This is largely in part to the many nutrients it contains. Gelatin works to heal and seal the gut lining, while reducing inflammation and supporting healthy digestive function. Many of the amino acids found in gelatin restore gut mucosa and encourage healthy enzyme production—both of which are essential for a healthy, strong gut.


Gelatin is unique due to its composition of superstar nutrients, such as collagen and amino acids. It is especially rich in two amino acids: glycine and proline. However, it also contains glutamic acid, arginine, lysine, and other amino acids. All of these amino acids work together to improve gut health.

While gelatin can be an extremely helpful tool in healing the gut, it also provides a slew of other health benefits, ranging from head to toe (literally). The benefits of gelatin include reducing painful joints, improving skin, hair, and nail health, increasing cognitive abilities, improving muscle recovery, and strengthening bones.

Sip on Bone Broth

Bone broth is a nutritional powerhouse and liquid gold for the gut. It is rich in minerals, glutamine, gelatin, and glutathione to support inflammation and overall gut health! You can enjoy 1 cup per day of quality bone broth such as this brand from FOND to reap the benefits of gelatin

Other ways to incorporate more gelatin into your routine include added beef gelatin powder to: 
  • Smoothies
  • Gummies
  • Pudding and custard 
  • Homemade marshmallows
  • Soups
  • Bulletproof coffee, latte, or frothy tea 
incorporate beef gelatin

There are many gelatin products on the market, yet not all are created equal. In fact, there is only one gelatin product that I trust and recommend above all others. Meet, Perfect Bovine Gelatin. In my personal and professional opinion, Perfect Bovine Gelatin is the best gelatin for gut health for these reasons:

Unfortunately, many supplement products on the market, including gelatin, are not tested for heavy metal contamination. In addition, most do not claim to be non-GMO, free of additives, or sourced from pasture-raised cows. For these reasons, other gelatin supplements do not compare to this trusted brand. As a functional practitioner, I appreciate the transparency and standards of Perfect Bovine Gelatin, which is why I recommend it to my clients and take it myself

homemade gut gummies

Gelatin is linked to an array of benefits for gut health and autoimmunity specifically, including:

  • Repairs the gut lining and improves intestinal permeability 
  • Produce gastric acid secretions needed for proper digestion
  • Aids in nutrient absorption
  • Activates digestive enzymes
  • Absorbs water and fluids which prevents fluid retention and bloating
  • Improves toxin elimination 
  • Decreases inflammation

Gelatin has even more benefits beyond just gut health too: 

  • Supports the immune system 
  • Supports brain function 
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Supports joint and bone health due to its essential bone building minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, silicone 
  • Strengthens nails and hair and Improves skin health by renewing skin cells 

And while gelatin has proven to provide all these amazing health benefits, other ingredients used to make my favorite gummies provide their own added health benefits:

Manuka honey is rich in antioxidants and fights inflammation. 

Pineapple juice (made from fresh organic pineapple, without added sugar) is high in vitamin C and fiber. 

Not only are homemade gummies delicious and easy, but they support a healthy gut and body, which is why I always keep them on hand in my household!

gut benefits of gelatin

Homemade gummies are an easy, protein-rich snack that can aid in healing the gut. I love keeping these on hand as quick fuel, whether I’m at home or on-the-go. All you need is pineapple juice (or another juice of choice), gelatin, and honey. Told you, easy peasy!

Get the recipe here below! 

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Homemade Gut Gummies

  • Author: Nikki Yelton
  • Total Time: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Homemade gummies made with quality beef gelatin are a nutrient-dense, delicious snack.



2 cups organic cold pressed pineapple juice

1 1/6 oz gelatin

2 tbsps raw or manuka honey


  1. Heat pineapple juice over medium-high heat until it starts to boil. You have to boil pineapple juice because it contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps us break down protein. If we don’t break down the bromelain, it breaks down the gelatin, and the mixture doesn’t gel.
  2. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the honey and gelatin. Mix thoroughly until it is all completely blended.
  3. Pour mix into a silicone ice cube tray and place in the fridge. Allow it to sit for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
  4. Remove the gummies and enjoy 2 per day for gelatin benefits


No pineapple: Sub any other juice such as tart cherry, apple, pear, orange, etc.

Note if using pineapple juice: You have to boil pineapple juice because it contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps us break down protein. If we don’t break down the bromelain, it breaks down the gelatin, and the mixture doesn’t gel.


Luckily, my homemade gummy recipe is so simple that it can be easily modified to your preferences and liking. The below alternatives still provide a nutrient-rich, tasty snack:

  1. Use real maple syrup instead of honey. 
  1. Try substituting for another nutrient-dense juice: 
  1. Orange: Natural, fresh-squeezed orange juice is high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  1. Cranberry: Fresh cranberry juice naturally contains antibacterial properties to prevent infection.
  1. Tart cherry: Tart cherry juice is rich in antioxidants and known to increase levels of melatonin, which can decrease inflammation in the gut and aid in better sleep.
  1. Fresh ginger: Ginger is proven to have positive effects on the gut by reducing inflammation, easing nausea, decreasing IBS symptoms, and maintaining healthy weight.

With a few adjustments, these homemade gummies can be tweaked to satisfy any taste bud. You can make a large batch and keep them in the fridge for up to 14 days. Enjoy 4-5 of these gummies each day for all the gut healing benefits! 

homemade gut gummies

Gelatin can serve as a powerful tool in healing the gut, reversing autoimmunity, and simply improving overall health. In conjunction with a nutrient-dense diet, it’s benefits are unmatched! I hope you will try this simple gut gummy recipe. If you do, let me know your thoughts in the comments or tag me on Instagram @nikkiyeltonrd

For more gut-healing recipes  meal plans, check out my 7 Day Gut & Autoimmune Reset & Reboot, which is is known to:

  • Reducing the burden on the digestive system 
  • Enhancing detoxification and liver function 
  • Removing trigger foods that can alleviate physical symptoms
  • Giving your body a break from working hard to eliminate unwanted chemicals, processed foods, caffeine, sugars, etc.

I highly recommend this quick 7 day reset for anyone who is looking to jumpstart the gut healing process or support their overall health!

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