Homemade Gummy Vitamins That Kids Love

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I get a lot of questions about how I get my kids to take vitamins. While mine will just take their fish oil, probiotics, and magnesium without a problem … it got me thinking.

I combined one of their favorite natural snacks (homemade gummy bears) with vitamins. The result are these healthy, gut-boosting, and kid-friendly multivitamin gummies.

Why We Need Vitamins

Decades ago we only had to eat a well-rounded diet low in processed foods and added sugar to get the nutrients we needed. Now, things are a little more complicated. Unless you’re growing everything you eat in really nutrient-dense soil (or buying from someone who does), food just doesn’t have the essential nutrients it used to.

In fact, fruits and veggies have less than 50% of the essential vitamins and minerals they used to. And even then there are certain nutrients no longer in the American food supply. We need these nutrients to help our immune system, to protect against heart disease, and for overall wellness.

As a mom, I’m more targeted in my approach to nutrition with my kids. We get vitamin D from the sun and vitamin A from fish oil. My kids also like taking healthy, non-GMO, and gluten-free vitamin supplements (without added sugar!) like this one. Adding an extra nutrient boost from homemade gummy vitamins is a fun way to pack more nutrition into their day!

Gut Soothing Gelatin

These rely on gelatin for their texture. Not only is it a good source of collagen, but it helps with healthier hair, skin, and nails. Gelatin is also a big plus when it comes to our gut health. As Hippocrates reportedly claimed many years ago “All disease begins in the gut.” Science is continuing to confirm how important our gut health is for overall health!

A healthy gut has health benefits that include immune support and better mental health.

One caution: If your kids aren’t regularly drinking bone broth (they should be!) then start slow and only give them a few of these at a time. Their guts may need time to adjust or they could have a little loose stool. Gelatin has a soothing effect on the digestive system.

Customize Your Gummy Vitamins

You can add different vitamins and nutrients here depending on your preference. Keep in mind that these won’t have a full spectrum of nutrients like premade dietary supplements or prenatal vitamins though. Certain oil-based vitamins, like vitamin E and fish oil also won’t mix in very well.

Making your own chewable vitamins means you can skip the sugar alcohols, additives, and corn syrup sweeteners found in many gummy supplements.

I can think of endless uses for these, but these are the ones I’ve tried so far. You can make different fruit flavors by changing out the juice.

  • Adding vitamin C Powder and using lemon juice to make sour vitamin C gummies for immune health.
  • Adding probiotics with a fresh juice base to make GAPS friendly gummy vitamins
  • Using homemade elderberry syrup as a base to make flu-busting chewable vitamins
  • Adding Natural Calm for chewable magnesium vitamins
  • Just making regular flavors and putting them in cute molds to make gummy snacks. They’re nut-free and sometimes approved for school activities.

You can also try adding some calcium powder (along with magnesium and vitamin D). A B complex vitamin with vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, and folate (not folic acid), is also a good option.

I use probiotics from Just Thrive because they’re proven to make it to the gut (unlike many others). In general, if your probiotics need refrigerated and can’t stand any heat, they won’t make it past your stomach acid. They even have a kid’s probiotic gummy that my kids love!

Choosing Your Juice

Most store-bought juices have a shocking amount of added grams of sugar. They’re often flavored sugar water concoctions. Fresh pressed is the best option, but if you need a store-bought option look for something that’s just organic juice. No added sugars, flavors, or dyes.

Pineapple juice doesn’t work in these because it has bromelain, a digestive enzyme that breaks down protein. Great for digestion, but not so great when you’re trying to make gelatin gel. I’ve found it gives them a weird slimy texture and doesn’t work. Papaya has the same problem here.

Our favorite fresh juice combinations are mango/orange, lemon/lime (sour), or elderberry syrup as the base. They’re full of antioxidants and vitamin C, and taste delicious!

If you’re short on time or can’t make chewable vitamins, Hiya would be my next choice. They have clean ingredients and a wide variety of what kids need.

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How to Make Gummy Vitamins

Homemade chewable gummy vitamins are a great way to give kids some extra protein and make their vitamins delicious and easy to take!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Calories 19kcal
Author Katie Wells


16 servings



  • 8 tsp gelatin
  • 1 cup juice
  • 2 TBSP  honey (optional)
  • 2 tsp vitamins of choice (vitamin C, probiotics, magnesium, etc.)


  • Combine the juice, vitamins or probiotics, and honey in a small saucepan.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and allow it to bloom for about 1 minute.
  • Heat slightly over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. It will be thick and somewhat syrup-like.
  • Quickly pour the mixture into molds or a small glass dish lightly oiled with coconut oil.
  • Place the molds in the fridge for several hours or until firm. The exact time depends on the size of your molds.
  • Remove and pop out of molds. Cut into squares if needed.


Nutrition Facts
How to Make Gummy Vitamins
Amount Per Serving (1 gummy)
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.02g0%
Saturated Fat 0.004g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.002g
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0.04g0%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 0.2IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.05mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


If your gummies aren’t coming out of the molds easily, pop them in the freezer for a few minutes first. Don’t leave them in for too long though or it will ruin the texture.
Nutrition data doesn’t include added supplements.

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Figuring Out Dose

Since these are more like food, I’m not too concerned with the exact dosage. If you want to know how much your kids are getting, here’s an easy way to figure it out. Take the mg or mcg of the vitamin you used and divide by the number of servings.

For example, say you added 400% DV vitamin C. If you used fun gummy molds and ended up with 20 vitamin gummies, divide 400 by 20. This ends up being 20% DV vitamin C per gummy. An even easier way is to make these in a square glass dish and cut the gummies into squares. You can do this calculation for each vitamin added.

Ever made your own vitamins or supplements? What combinations would you add? Let me know below!

DIY chewable vitamins are a wonderful natural alternative to store bough versions. Easy to make and you can customize to your child's needs.
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


302 responses to “Homemade Gummy Vitamins That Kids Love”

  1. ReNee O. McDonald Avatar
    ReNee O. McDonald

    What do you think of elderberry juice (or another juice) with Redmonds clay? I have a terrible eater that is borderline anemic, hoping the vitamins would hide the clay….

    1. malzimus Avatar

      Have you ever tried giving your child chlorophyll? You can get it in plain or flavoured liquids or in capsules. My midwife (and others) highly recommended it when I was pregnant and it works quicker than most things for correcting anemia and maintaining good levels. Mine is NOW brand flavoured with Peppermint and extracted from Alfalfa so it’s very green and because it’s naturally based, I believe your body only takes from it what it needs and expells the rest.

  2. Michelle White Ritchie Avatar
    Michelle White Ritchie

    Would it be possible to use your multi-vitamin tincture recipe to make gummies and if so how much would you add?

  3. Linda Baker Avatar
    Linda Baker

    this may have already been mentioned, but i’m concerned about adding the vitamins while it’s still hot. There is no need to, really. Just let it cool down, then add, then freeze, right?

  4. Carolyn Searle Avatar
    Carolyn Searle

    I made these this week & my kids love them! My only question is that doesn’t the heat kill the Vitamin C? I know you can’t let the mixture cool too much before adding it since it sets up quickly, so was just wondering what your thoughts were on the stability of the Vitamin C?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      From what I’ve read, vitamin C is stable at these temps…

  5. Melissa Christensen Avatar
    Melissa Christensen

    So if i use a different size mold, I’m assuming I should just multiply the dosage of the vitamin to the number of actual gummies I will be giving my child? By the way, your blog is a God send to us mama’s that have such a hard time giving our kids these vitamins!!

  6. Maria Avatar

    I made these and used fresh orange juice, a little lemon juice and vitamin c. My little siblings loved them and kept begging me for more. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Clea Willow Avatar
    Clea Willow

    If adding fish oil do you reduce the corresponding amount of juice? Love your site by the way!! My husband is coveting your kettle bell coffee mug!

  8. Kristen Avatar

    How much water kefir would you add to these after cooling? Would you have to reduce the amount of juice?

  9. Jennifer Gibbons Avatar
    Jennifer Gibbons

    I read that you could make a Vitamin C, probiotics, OR magnesium vitamin but was wondering if you have tried to place all those ingredients into one vitamin. Would you be able to make a “multi-vitamin” that incorporates more and doesn’t lose it’s potency?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      You can add more than one, but generally Vitamin C and Magnesium should not be used together…

      1. Linda Baker Avatar
        Linda Baker

        why would that be? Most multivitamins, and Emergen C have both in there…

  10. Dainty Lia Avatar
    Dainty Lia

    I plan on making the Vitamin C (only) gummy for my 3 and 5 yr olds. This recipie says it serves 4 but approximately how much should each child have a day in order to not get too much or too little. Thanks : )

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      It depends on the size you make them, but with only Vitamin C it would be hard to overdose. The size I made in the picture, my kids get 4 per day usually.

    1. Shelley W. Avatar
      Shelley W.

      I know for me personally its because I don’t find most of them of a good quality and the few that i have found are expensive, plus I plan on making some for my man as he has issues with pills. So far no really decent adult gummies can be found.

  11. Susie Noe Avatar
    Susie Noe

    Can I ask you a question about adding probiotics to this? What type would you add? I mostly have the powdered refrigerated version right now, and it seems like any liquid would activate them, and heat would destroy them. Do you know of a kind that would tolerate this? Thank you! I benefit greatly from your blog!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      We add Bio-Kult once it has started to cool… they are shelf stable and high potency

  12. Miriam Moskowicz Avatar
    Miriam Moskowicz

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe! Thinking of having inositol powder in those gummy bears…

  13. Kelly Avatar

    Question..Do most vitamins come in a liquid form to use in ” recipes”, like this one? Where is the best place to find them?

  14. Allie Fread Bernier Avatar
    Allie Fread Bernier

    Hallelujah!! I think you just solved my “HOW IN THE WORLD do I get my (recently-diagnosed) autistic boy to take probiotics/vitamins/cod liver oil?!
    This is a Godsend. Thank you!!

    1. Charlene Avatar

      Did adding the cod liver oil change the consistency at all or did you just replace some of the liquid with the CLO? How much did you add? Thanks. 🙂

  15. Cindy Avatar

    I love this site! I can’t get enough! I will try this with my niece. She is five years old. She is a verrryy picky eater and I worry that she does not get enough of the nutrients she needs. Also her teeth are worn out already…I want to get her cod liver oil/ butter oil (blue ice brand) capsules but am not sure about the dosing for her in capsule form. There’s just about zero chance that she’ll take the gel. I even hate taking the gel!

  16. Jessica Rech Avatar
    Jessica Rech

    So I just made this with ‘Simply Orange Juice’ and Knox gelatin, mostly because I was too impatient to wait for the good gelatin and already had the orange juice on hand. I made up a batch and it came out tasting literally like nothing with a tiny tiny hardly noticable hint of orange. Did I mess it up? Was it the quality of the ingredients?

  17. Kate Dwyer Avatar
    Kate Dwyer

    I love these! I am thinking of making a vitamin C/probiotic version for mornings, and a magnesium version for evenings. Is there anything else you’d suggest adding to have a nice calming effect to the nighttime version? Any ideas about how I might make them blue?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Maybe add some Chamomile in the night time one? There are some natural blue food colorings out there, but it is the toughest color to get naturally…

      1. Shelley W. Avatar
        Shelley W.

        red cabbage gives a blue dye if you catch it before it goes purple

    2. Angela Vullo Avatar
      Angela Vullo

      I would add passionflower or valerian tincture for night time. Blueberry would definitely make a purple. Blue is one of the hardest colors to make with natural ingredients! I read that red onion with a bit of baking soda makes blue but I don’t know about the taste! lol

    3. Kristina S Avatar
      Kristina S

      What about using tart cherry juice as the base? That’s what I’m planning to use for my ‘night’ vitamin since it helps with sleep

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