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. Jess Avatar

    This is an awesome idea… my only concern would be serving sizes for vitamins. As I would be making my gummies for iron, which children can easily overdose on. Is there any way to monitor servings per gummy, to make this safer?

  2. Sophie Avatar

    These were a success! My boyfriend and I hate taking magnesium tablets because they have a weird texture and I can never get him to habitually take probiotics. I made these with apple and lemon juice with added magnesium powder and probiotics. They taste pretty mediciney but the texture is great and my boyfriend likes mediciney flavors. I’m going to make them with grape juice tomorrow for myself- yumm.

    The only downside is that I’ve already had 3 and want more but can’t because I’ll overdose on magnesium and not have a very fun night.

    1. Sophie Avatar

      Oh and I added 7 servings of magnesium powder (not natural calm) to my batch

  3. Kelly Avatar

    About how many does this make? Trying to figure out how much probiotic to add and how much of the completed recipe would be a daily dose for my 16mo old.

  4. Zulayra Avatar

    I’m thinking of making these with Elderberry syrup, magnesium and turmeric. Should I still keep the supplements measurements at 1tsp each? I’m wondering if 1tsp of turmeric might be overpowering…

  5. Jules Avatar

    Hi there, quick question!
    This is a great recipe with lots of room for experimenting. I am wondering if you have been able to do any research on how well the nutrients of the vitamins added keeps their potency when cooked into the gelatin?
    I guess this goes for powdered vitamins added, liquid vitamins, and various tinctures? ( I just tried my first batch and had added powdered caps of vitamins and a few drops of echinacea tincture – wondering if the nutrients boil/freeze off)

    I’d like to make some using various tinctures if you think that it is an effective way of consuming a tincture.

  6. Nathalie Avatar

    Hi, I was wondering if vegetable gelatin would work as well since my husband is Indian, and, well, Beef is sacred?

  7. Bethany Maltais Avatar
    Bethany Maltais

    Hi! These look fantastic but before I try them I wanted to ask if beyond organics terrain Kumbocha would work in these or not? I’m not sure if adding the terrain to a recipe would take away any nutrition or not? Thanks so much!

  8. shelbie resendiz Avatar
    shelbie resendiz

    Hello! I’m so excited to find this recipe!! I’ve read through the responses but haven’t quite seen a clear cut answer. We are also on the GAPS diet for My 3 and 5 year old and I’m thinking this recipe would be great to give them thier Biokult and nature calm in. So should I mix their dose individually into each gummy? To ensure that they are reciving their adequate dosage? Thanks for all of your hard work!!!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Id just add several days worth, mix well and then figure out how much of the vitamins they need to get their dose each day..

  9. Carson Collins Avatar
    Carson Collins

    My sister is an adult but has trouble swallowing pills, and she really needs iron. Maybe I could make these for her? How much Iron do you suggest? And should I just use capsules or what? I’m kind of lost…

  10. Lisa McCoy Avatar
    Lisa McCoy

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing???? I wanted to know if you can make these “in bulk” (a weeks worth). If so what would be the best way to store them and what would the measurements be? Thank you

  11. Allison Almond Avatar
    Allison Almond

    okay. when I make this – mine come out too thick and chewy. What am i doing wrong? Just made these again just now. TIA

  12. Melissa Craig Avatar
    Melissa Craig

    Can I use keifer water as the probiotics? How would I incorporate that? Thanks! Love your blog!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Yes, it could just be used in place of part of the juice or liquid

  13. Tawnee Hinton Avatar
    Tawnee Hinton

    Has anyone done an approximate cost on these? I love the all-natural, do it yourself and love that I can add what I want so obviously it would differ if you do other vitamin adds etc but if following the original recipe, do we know what the cost might run? Thanks.

  14. Soccy Rivas Avatar
    Soccy Rivas

    Hopefully you can answer this but how much powdered vitamin in each batch and which supplements can go together? Thanks

  15. Renee Simons Avatar
    Renee Simons

    These look great. I can’t wait to try them.How long will they keep in the fridge? Have you ever added FCLO to them? Maybe a flavoured one…I’m looking for a way to get my 2 yr old to take it without a fuss. Last question. What is the biggest batch you have made of these gummies?

  16. Julie Avatar

    Think these would work for chia seeds? I’m trying to eat more of them since I find I have more energy when I have them and I don’t really like any of the solutions I’ve tried for on the go. I grind them up in a coffee grinder so they’d be more fine than normal.

  17. Lynne Avatar

    Do you keep these in the fridge after making them? Mine got rather rubbery…not sure if my toddler will be able to chew them. Any thoughts? 🙂 Thanks!!!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      You can keep in the fridge. Just use slightly less gelatin if they get rubbery…

  18. mari Avatar

    Oh, these sound GREAT! I’m going to add the Vitamin D3 drops we have. This is brilliant, thanks for sharing.

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