Monday, September 13, 2010

Homemade Jello

I hate when JELL-O is served as a salad. Those boxes that are full of sugar,artificial colors and flavors are junk food. They do not contain a shred of nutrition that makes them worthy of a before-meal course. I have come up with a lovely real food solution to this madness. It is really only slightly more work and, in my opinion, much more delicious.

You can use a juice from concentrate and you will be better off than the box. I used my vitamix, so in a sense, it was a very fine puree rather than juice. If you have a juicer, this would be another great use. The gelatin doesn’t turn out as clear when you have all the natural fibers in there, but as long as it is smooth, the texture will be so similar. Of course serve with real whipped cream to get the full benefit of all the nutrition in the fruit :)

4 cups of real fruit juice
6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoon gelatin
1/4 cup of honey
1 cup of berries, fresh or frozen (optional)

Place the water in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let soften for 5 minutes. Boil two cups of the juice and all the honey, pour into bowl with softened gelatin. Mix thoroughly and then add the remaining juice. Sprinkle berries it bottom of 9x13 or similar size dish. Pour juice into dish, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Cut and serve with whipped cream.

Links; Fightback Friday's,  Whole Food for the Holiday's


  1. Genius. I thought jell-o was off our plates, maybe not. :)

  2. This is really cool, Kara. I will definitely have to try it.

  3. I agree with you about Jello. My mom used to add yogurt to make it more nutritious. I'm going to try this recipe... it sounds so much more flavorful than the fake colored stuff.

  4. What a great blog!

    This looks so delicious!

    Have a nice time!

  5. I will definitely have to try this one. K, even though we have never met I just have to say you are so awesome. I love your blog and your passion for yummy REAL food! I recently - finally! - purchased Nourishing Traditions. Now I know what all these blogs have been talking about! Wow. So I have been checking out your older posts again to get some ideas, and what you have said is sinking in on a deeper level as I have been reading Nourishing Traditions.

    So keep up all your hard work - I know you are helping so many people with this blog!

  6. yum! i absolutely love jello but have not eaten it in forever. thank you for creating a real food version!

  7. Jello has always been a NON-food to me and I always do my best to avoid it. This is genius and I can't wait to try it!

  8. Delicious; thank you!

    I made a pineapple-lime jello with fresh blueberries.

    Here's a photo:


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