Consistently my child is asking for jello. When I read the ingredients on the store bought brands, my heart literally skips a beat. Knowing that the store bought stuff is packed with ingredients that are NOT good for you, I set out to find a great recipe for healthy jello that is me approved!
I remember loving jello as a kid and did not want to deprive my child of this great lil treat! So I did my research. I found out that gelatin, actually health gelatin, is really good for you!
You can read about some of the benefits in this article: Healthy Gelatin
Yes, I know kids are not concerned with all of the benefits, they just want their favorite Jello treat! Incorporating a healthy gelatin into their diet is great for building their bones, teeth, nails, skin, hair and so much more!
Now not all gelatin products are equal. Don’t be fooled by the gelatin you find in your local grocery store! Yes, it may be cheap, however you have to make sure it is made with grass fed healthy animals.
Here’s a simple recipe for making Jello Treats.
- 1½ cups organic juice or juice from freshly juiced fruit
- 1/4 cup cool water
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon of Vital Proteins Gelatin Powder
- (Optional) Fresh Fruit -according to how much fruit you want 1 to 2 cups
Pour the cool water in a large measuring cup, add the gelatin powder and mix WELL. It may start to thicken. Add the 1/4 cup of hot water, add the fruit juice and mix.
If you are opting for adding fruit, place the fruit into the container that you will be using to make the jello. (You can get creative and use a mold or even ice trays) Pour the gelatin liquid over the fruit and make sure the fruit is covered well.
Cover and place in fridge for a minimum of 4 to 5 hours or until it is firm. You can also make this at night and leave overnight to set.
Serving for lunch or dinner and want it to set faster you may put it in the freezer for an hour or two, just keep checking on it and don’t forget it is in the freezer. 😉
Serve and enjoy!
***Notes: If you use fresh pineapple juice or other fruits with enzymes, you will have to boil it for a little while, as the enzymes will not allow the gelatin to set. Click here to read about fruits that do not do well in jello.
Looking for more Gelatin Recipes, here’s a couple of great books.