A few weeks ago I attended an excellent meeting on gut health. The speaker encouraged us to include more bone broth into our diets because the gelatin from bone broth helps heal and protect the lining of the gut.
Though her arguments were quite compelling, I had a problem: it’s getting hot here. The last thing I feel like making for dinner every night is soup. Thankfully, there are two summer-friendly ways to get more of the gelatin from broth into our diet: cook foods like rice or lentils in bone broth and eat fruit juice jello.
Homemade jello is by far the most kid-approved method, at least at our home. Plus, it’s so simple that I taught Rose (almost eight) how to make it because she’s been begging for more independence in the kitchen. (I just stay close by and oversee since there’s a stove involved!)
Fruit juice jello recipe
- 4 cups fruit juice
- 4 Tbsp./packets unflavored gelatin (We currently use knox gelatin, but just bought this grass-fed beef variety. If you can get a group of friends to buy with you, it’s much cheaper by the case!)
- Added nutrients, optional. You can add herbal extract, vitamin C powder, etc. I try to add just enough so that it doesn’t affect the taste.
You can use just about any flavor of juice. I buy frozen concentrate which lets me control the sweetness. We’ve made apple, kiwi, raspberry apple, white grape and pineapple fruit juice jello. The kids loved all of them.
- Pour one cup of cold juice into a heat-proof mixing bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin on top of it and let is sit.
- Bring the three remaining cups of juice to a boil.
- Pour the hot juice into the gelatinous glob.
- Stir until completely dissolved, about two minutes.
- Pour into a 9×13 pan and refrigerate. It should be solid in 8 to 12 hours.
Once it has gelled, cut into squares and serve. Fruit juice jello makes the perfect dessert or snack on warm spring and summer days!
Once you’ve started playing with unflavored jello, the possibilities are endless. My friend Amanda makes herbal vitamin C jello and Elise from Frugal Farm Wife makes gummy treats with kefir water.
Do your kids love jello? Have you ever made your own?