Jello is such a fun food, and can easily be made with just a few healthy ingredients, making this homemade and healthy jello a great healthy snack or dessert option! Top it with some homemade whipped coconut cream for bonus points and that extra MMM factor.
(You totally just sang that, right?)
Ooh I just love the jiggle! The cool sensation as it glides over your tongue. The way it reflects light like glass.
It’s such a FUN food.
But most store-bought jello is filled with some pretty nasty ingredients.
Let’s take a closer look at a popular sugar-free jello:
Gelatin, adipic acid, disodium phosphate, malodextrin, fumaric acid, aspartame, artificial flavor, acesulfame potassium, salt, red 40.
Some of these are more innocent than others, but all except the first are just unnecessary (and it’s safe to assume that the gelatin used is not from a quality source but from sad animals born and raised in CAFOs). Aspartame is a neurotoxin. Red 40 is derived from coal tar (a carcinogen) and has been linked to behavioral issues in children and banned in other countries (or accompanied by a warning label). “Artificial flavor” is a very sketchy term that covers a whole host of chemicals. Malodextrin is derived from corn — likely GMO and heavily sprayed with pesticides.
I could keep going but I’m sure you get the picture, and it ain’t very pretty.
Luckily, homemade and healthy jello is so simple to make!
It’s just 3 simple ingredients (4 if you’d like to add sweetener) and takes less than 5 minutes.
Plus, gelatin has a ton of health and beauty benefits. And this homemade and healthy jello is a great way to include more gelatin in your diet.
- 3 cups fruit juice (fresh squeezed or I use this additive-free, not-from-concentrate, pure 100% juice)
- ¼ cold or room temp water
- ¼ cup hot water (not quite boiling)
- 1.5 tablespoons quality gelatin from grass-fed cows
- Optional: Raw honey or additive-free liquid stevia extract (to taste)
Add the gelatin to the cold water and stir until the texture is smooth and consistent. Add the hot water and stir again (this will thin the mixture back to a water-like consistency). Add this gelatin mixture to the fruit juice (sweetened if you so choose) and stir some more.
Then pour your jello mixture into small jars or a larger container, and place it in the fridge to set for at least 2-3 hours (or you can pop it in the freezer if you’re impatient!).
Last but not least, enjoy!