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Spooktacular Gummy Eyeballs (Updated)

Looking for a healthier Halloween treat? Learn how to make gummy eyeballs, paleo style, using real food ingredients.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Halloween food
Keyword gummies, Halloween
Special Diet Dairy free, Gluten free, Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 eyeballs
Calories 36kcal
Author Tracy Ariza, DDS


For the pupils

  • 15 blueberries

For the irises

  • 1 Tbsp. gelatin (unflavored)
  • .25 cup fruit juice or puree
  • 1 dash boiling water

For the sclera (white of the eyeballs)


If making a fruit puree like my berry puree...

  • Blend berries with a hand mixer and strain the mix through a sieve to separate the seeds from the berry puree.
    Straining out the seeds from a berry puree.
  • Add the gelatin to the fruit puree and allow it to absorb the liquid and expand (bloom).
  • Mix the berry puree and gelatin with honey, to taste, in a saucepan over low heat. You can see in the pictures that I made a much larger batch because I wanted to use the rest to make gummy worms. You can thin out the mixture with a dash of water if you like. Cook and stir until the gelatin has dissolved.

If using fruit juice

  • Mix together the gelatin and fruit juice in a small, heat-safe bowl and allow the gelatin to bloom (absorb the liquid and fully hydrate). This will make it much easier to dissolve the gelatin.
  • Place the bowl in a pan of water over the stove to heat the gelatin mixture as if it were in a double boiler. I often add a dash of boiling water to help get it to dissolve more quickly and to help make the mixture more transparent for the eyeballs. Continue to heat and stir until the gelatin has fully dissolved. 

Preparing the pupils and irises

  • Place the blueberries in round ice cube trays, one in each compartment. These will be the pupils of the eyes.
  • Pipe in a small amount of your iris gelatin mixture (either fruit puree or fruit juice mixture) around the blueberries. Using a syringe or turkey baster makes this job easier and much less messy.
    Piping in some red gelatin mixture over the blueberries.
  • Place trays in the fridge for a few minutes to help set the irises.
  • Pour leftover gelatin mixture into other molds so as not to let it go to waste. I suggest making gummy worms for Halloween!

Making the sclera (The white of the eyeballs)

  • Add the gelatin and half of the coconut milk to a small bowl to allow the gelatin to bloom.
  • In a saucepan, heat the other half of the coconut milk. Stir in the gelatin and coconut milk mixture once the gelatin is fully hydrated. 
  • Remove the molds from the fridge, and pour in a thin layer of the white, coconut gelatin over the blueberries. We do this in thin layers so that the blueberries don't float away from the bottom of the molds.
    Pouring the white gelatin mixture over the blueberries.
  • Place your trays back in the refrigerator until the gelatin is set.
  • Finish filling the molds with the white mixture until you've used it up, or until you are happy with the amount you have added. 
  • Chill again until set.
  • Pop your eyes out. Ok, not YOUR eyes- the gelatin ones, please! We only want fictional gore!
  • The eyes look especially gory if you place them in a red liquid or sauce. Using some berry puree or red juice works wonderfully. To be honest, when I took some of the pictures, I didn't have either available and used what I had on hand: red wine! I wouldn't suggest that option for the kiddos though.



Serving: 1eyeball | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 33mg | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg