Making “jello” from scratch is easy! You need just two ingredients and 10 minutes to make this healthy jello recipe. Kid friendly and mom approved, once you know this trick you’ll be making all the flavors of jello from strawberry to apple to pomegranate and more!
When I think of the “jello” of my childhood I think of neon green lime flavored jello. It tasted nothing like what it would taste life if you were to take a real lime and suck on it, but rather tasted like the candy version of what limes are supposed to taste like.
Candy flavors are interesting aren’t they? I recently saw a girl enjoying a ring pop on the playground while my kids were playing. She smiled at me and I asked her what flavor her ring pop was. She said “red”. I was about to repeat my question “Ha ha, no not what color, what flavor?” but then I realized that she was probably pretty accurate– Her ring pop probably did taste like red, because let’s face it, when was the last time that you had a strawberry, watermelon or cherry candy that actually tastes like the real fruit and not the candy flavor that we’ve been taught tastes like each flavor?
When you say the words “Watermelon Jolly Rancher” I can immediately taste that “watermelon” flavor in my mouth, but when I stop and think about what an actual watermelon tastes like, they taste nothing alike. When I was a kid I went through a long period of time where I thought I hated bananas because I ate a banana candy and thought it was gross!
I’ve been on a quest for a few years now to feed my kids real food as often as possible. No my family isn’t perfect, yes my kids still go trick or treating and enjoy their Halloween candy (they actually still have some left from last year’s Halloween), but whenever possible I try to make the choice to feed them the real food instead of food that has been manufactured in a lab somewhere.
When it’s something as easy as making homemade jello, the choice is simple to make. It takes me the same amount of time to make homemade jello as it takes to make boxed jello. My kids LOVE it and I feel good that I’m making a healthier choice.
Here is the nutrition label from a box of Strawberry Jello.
I’ll let you come to conclusions on your own, but I’d encourage you to take a peek at the sodium and sugar and to try to find strawberries in the ingredient list.
My two ingredient healthy jello recipe has two ingredients- Fresh fruit juice and grass fed gelatin. The amount of sugar in it depends on what kind of juice you use. Some of our favorite flavors include fresh pressed apple cider, pomegranate and berry. Sometimes we buy the juice from the store and sometimes we make the juice at home using our juicer.
If you’ve never bought a high quality gelatin before, I highly suggest making the purchase and adding it to your list of pantry staples. Great Lakes Beef Gelatin is the brand of gelatin that I’ve been using for the last few years, but I’ve also heard very good things about Vital Proteins Gelatin.
Some of the benefits of gelatin are:
- Good source of protein
- Adrenal support
- Hormone support
- Benefits teeth, nails and hair (tightens skin and some say it helps with cellulite)
- Helps with digestion
- Helps heal leaky gut
- Arthritis support and joint health
- Helps build strong bones
- Great source of micronutrients (minerals)
Ready to get started making this delicious and simple dessert idea? Read on for my Easy 2 Ingredient Healthy “Jello” Recipe!
Easy 2 Ingredient Healthy “Jello” Recipe
-4 cups of juice of your choice (some of our favorites include pomegranate juice, fresh pressed apple cider and berry juice)
Note: This recipe has a simple one to one ratio and can be easily adjusted to however much you want to make. For every 1 cup of liquid you want to use 1 tablespoon of gelatin. So for example 2 cups of juice would have 2 tablespoons of gelatin, 3 cups of juice would have 3 tablespoons of gelatin and so on and so forth. :)
Step 1: In a saucepan combine juice and gelatin. Whisk together.
Step 2: Over medium heat bring mixture to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Pour mixture into a glass dish, cups, molds or however you want to let your jello set. If you’d like to add fruit inside of your jello now is the perfect time to drop it in. Next, cover and carefully place your jello in refrigerator and allow to chill and solidify for 2 hours.
Voila! You have a delicious and healthy dessert treat!
- 4 cups of juice of your choice (some of our favorites include pomegranate juice, fresh pressed apple cider and berry juice)
- 4 tablespoons high quality grass fed gelatin (We use Great Lakes Beef Gelatin but have also heard good things about Vital Proteins Gelatin. See links above.)
- In a saucepan combine juice and gelatin. Whisk together.
- Over medium heat bring mixture to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
- Pour mixture into a glass dish, cups, molds or however you want to let your jello set. Carefully place in refrigerator and allow to chill and solidify for 2 hours.
Tell me… have you ever made homemade jello before? What kind of juice would you use for this recipe?
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