Oh, Jello…. the sugar (or chemical) laden mystery food of hospitals and cafeterias. I went to public school and got my fair share of this stuff back then, so I had never made this for my kids… until now.
The “Jello” Gelatin you can buy in stores is packed with sugar or chemical sugar substitutes, along with Gelatin from conventional animals fed a poor diet. I certainly wasn’t going to make that for my kids!
Then I found out about how healthy gelatin from grass fed animals can be a good protein source and can improve skin and hair quality and help the digestive system. I’d been drinking unflavored Gelatin in my tea and in smoothies, but it dawned on my that I could use the healthy kind of jello with natural fruits and fresh juices to make a “Jello” that my kids would like and that I would be ok with them eating.
Certainly, this still isn’t an everyday snack, but if it is made from fresh fruit and juices with quality Gelatin, it can be a healthy treat that kids will enjoy!
- 1½ cups of organic or freshly juiced fruit juice of choice (grape, pineapple, orange or a mix of orange and pineapple are all good!)
- ¼ cup cool water
- ¼ cup hot (almost boiling) water
- 1 tablespoon of Kosher Gelatin Powder
- 1-2 cups of fresh fruit (optional) - Pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and orange slices are all really good
- Note: Can double recipe.
- Pour the cool water in a large mixing cup or quart sized mason jar and add the gelatin powder.
- Stir briskly until mixed- it will start to thicken a lot.
- Add the ¼ cup of really hot water and stir to mix- it should be thinner now.
- Combine this with the juice and mix well.
- Put the fruit into the container that you are going to make the jello in. 8x8 baking dishes work well.
- Pour the jello mixture over the fruit and stir lightly to make sure it has coated the fruit too.
- Put in the fridge, covered, for at least 2-3 hours or overnight and serve.
- Can cut into cubes or scoop out with a melon spoon to make cute shapes.
Variations: Can use Water kefir in place of part of the juice for a probiotic boost. You can make it entirely with Kombucha for a less-sweet but more healthy version. For a grow up treat, you can even do this with Champagne for a fun party treat. If you want individual sizes, make it in ice-cube trays with a single strawberry or piece of fruit in each cube.
Ever made Jello? Like the chemical laden stuff at the grocery store? Will you try this one? Let me know!