Who doesn’t love J-E-L-L-O?
Well, I definitely don’t love artificial flavors and food coloring, genetically-modified beet sugar, or gelatin made from diseased and abused animals. Thankfully, making your own homemade jello is easy, fun, and even highly nutritious!
Sorry, Bill Cosby, but my grass-fed gelatin, combined with just two other simple ingredients, puts your icky processed jello to shame!
Gelatin is nature’s most perfect protein. It’s packed full of all the right amino acids, which help the body to release anti-aging growth hormones that do everything from increasing muscle tissue while burning off excess fat, to getting rid of cellulite. It also provides your body with the collagen necessary for healthy, youthful skin, nails, and hair.
Beyond those cosmetic benefits, gelatin is so good for you for so many reasons that it deserves its own blog post (coming soon).
But I don’t buy the kind of gelatin you find in stores. That is processed from animals raised in CAFOs, instead of healthy, grass-fed animals. I get grass-fed gelatin online here. There are two varieties, regular porcine gelatin, and kosher gelatin made from grass-fed animal bones and tissues.
Oh and just an FYI for the parents out there — this is a great recipe for kids that need a little help settling down at night. Gelatin contains high levels of glycine, which according to Dr. Ray Peat, “is recognized as an ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitter, and promotes natural sleep.” Best bedtime snack ever!
Healthy Homemade Jello Recipe
Note: You can double, triple, or otherwise multiply this recipe for whatever quantity of jello you’d like to make. The basic formula is 1 cup juice, 1 T sweetener, 1 T gelatin— 1:1:1!
- 2 cups fruit juice (you could juice it yourself with an inexpensive juicer, or use a good quality, unfiltered juice from the health food store)
- 2 tablespoons raw honey or other natural sweetener (Find quality natural sweeteners here)
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin powder (available on Amazon here)
- Pour the juice into a saucepan, but do not heat on the stove. Sprinkle the gelatin over the juice, then allow the gelatin to “bloom”—this is the process of the gelatin absorbing liquid, and it’s very important in order to get good texture in your finished jello. You must allow it to bloom for at least a minute or two, until you no longer see any white powder sitting on top. You’ll see your juice and gelatin forming a weird, wrinkly goo that somewhat resembles a brain. This is good!
- Now that the gelatin has bloomed, simmer the mixture at a low heat, and whisk together the juice, honey, and gelatin until hot and steamy. The mixture needs to turn into a completely smooth, liquid texture, with everything dissolved.
- Pour the mixture into a glass baking pan. Or, you could pour it into a fun jello mold!
- Let it refrigerate for a few hours to set, then cut into squares or pop out of the mold.
Pretty simple, right?