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It drives me nuts that most “breakfast” foods are actually dessert in disguise. Many cereals have more sugar than donuts, which have more sugar than many desserts.
Snack foods often aren’t much better! Ignoring the fact that we don’t need to eat every 2-3 hours and that our modern fascination with “snack foods” is more a product of a multi-billion dollar industry than our own hunger, these junks foods are most often packed with refined sugar and processed ingredients as well.
Rather than turning to a processed option for breakfast or snack, consider making a quick and simple protein and probiotic-rich treat like these Jello snacks.
Jello Probiotic Snacks: A Treat that Kids Can Make
These days, while I’m spending much of my time being the sole food source for the youngest member of our family, I’ve been so grateful that my kids have been willing and able to help in the kitchen. This is a recipe I feel great about them making! They love the taste and I love that they are getting protein, probiotics, and fruit.
It’s minimal ingredient list includes:
- Frozen fruit: Choose berries for a boost of antioxidants and color without a lot of added sugar. Using frozen fruit that has defrosted provides better texture and more intense flavor in this recipe. We prefer strawberry.
- Fresh or bottled organic juice: For natural sweetness and color. We prefer grape, apple or orange juices in this recipe.
- Gelatin: One of my favorite ingredients as it helps these treats gel and also provides protein, including amino acids like proline and glycine which are beneficial for digestion and sleep. I personally use the green can of beef gelatin from here.
- Yogurt or kefir: Adds probiotics and a creaminess to the recipe. I like organic or homemade yogurt or milk kefir.
Where Do I Get the Molds?
I usually get more questions about the molds for recipes like this than the actual recipe itself, so I figured it deserved its own section this time! In honor of a certain movie that my older kids are obsessed with and that comes out soon (hint: this one), I used these themed molds, but any silicone molds will work (here’s why I feel comfortable using silicone on cold foods).
If you don’t have molds, you can easily make this in a greased glass baking dish and just cut the finished result into squares to serve.
TIP: These set most easily in the refrigerator, but popping them in the freezer for about ten minutes before serving makes them easier to cut or remove from molds without affecting the texture at all.
Probiotic Jello Snacks
- 1½ cups frozen berries defrosted
- 1½ cups homemade yogurt or milk kefir
- 1 cup fruit juice
- 1/3 cup gelatin
- ¼ cup sweetener of choice optional or 1 TBSP lime juice (optional)
- Combine the defrosted berries and yogurt or kefir in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
- Place half of the juice in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Place the other half in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.
- When the juice in the saucepan is heated, remove from heat.
- Quickly pour the gelatin into the measuring cup with the cool juice and whisk quickly to combine.
- Immediately add the warmed juice and whisk until smooth.
- Quickly pour the juice and gelatin mixture into the blender with the fruit and yogurt and blend on LOW speed until just combined.
- Add the sweetener or lime juice if using and blend until just combined.
- Pour into silicone molds or into a greased glass baking dish and place in the refrigerator until gelatin has set.
- Serve when cool.
What recipes do you like to make with your kids?