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Three dessert bowls of healthy homemade Jello with fresh fruit.

How to Make Healthy Homemade Jello


  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This homemade gelatin recipe is made from natural ingredients, and natural sweeteners, without any dye or additives. It’s a delicious treat for kids and grown-ups alike! (Dairy free, gluten free & paleo approved!)

*Note: the exact nutrition facts will vary based on what juice/juice blend you use. Please consider this an estimate (calculated with a peach-mango fruit & veggie juice blend)


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of juice (See notes)
  • 2 Tbsp unflavored beef gelatin (such as grass-fed)
  • 2 Tbsp honey or agave (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 1/2-3/4 cup of the juice to a bowl or liquid measuring cup and sprinkle with gelatin powder.
  2. Whisk together to combine and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes to “bloom.” The granules will plump and the mixture will look like very thick applesauce or take on a lumpy appearance.
  3. Pour the remaining (3 1/4- 3 1/2 cups) juice into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until almost boiling.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in honey (if using) and the bloomed juice/gelatin mixture. Stir to dissolve.
  5. Pour into an 8×8 (2 quart) baking dish for thick Jello or a 9×13″ baking dish for thin Jello, or into individual glasses or jars for individual portions.
  6. Refrigerate about 4 hours, or until set. (If you’ve used a 9×13 pan, it may be set in as little as 2 hours)

Notes

What kinds of juice can you use for homemade Jello? Almost any flavor of juice! I recommend 100% fruit or fruit/veggie blend juices. The only exception is pineapple. (The enzymes in pineapple can break down the gelatin so it won’t gel properly.) My favorites are a peach-mango fruit & veggie blend (the orange one you see pictured), blueberry-pomegranate, and cranberry raspberry. (all 3 are pictured in the video/photos)

Can I do this without any added sweetener? It’s totally up to you and your taste preferences. Some juices are sweeter than others. I would never sweeten juice for drinking, but the gelatin does dilute the juice flavor slightly, and I find that adding the honey or agave brings it back up to it’s regular flavor. Again, it’s totally up to you!

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stovetop, refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American

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