Are you ready for a simple recipe for a classic-favorite snack? Kids love jello and instant jello is full of crazy “franken-foods”. You know, combinations of chemicals and such that are passed off as food, like high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavor, and artificial color. Here is a screenshot of the ingredients list for a very popular brand of strawberry jello.
So here is a homemade fruit juice jello recipe that is super easy and free from any scary ingredients. I used the Knox Blox recipe from the Knox Gelatin box and omitted the sugar. Apple juice is pretty darn sweet on its own. I also cut it in half to make one 9×9 pan. These are the equivalent of “Jell-O Jigglers”, so they are a bit more firm and dense than just regular jello. I think you could make less dense jello by using half the amount of gelatin though. I like the firmer denser jello for my toddler because it seems to be easier for her to eat.
Ok, on to the good stuff.
Apple Juice Jello
½ ounce gelatin
½ cup cold apple juice
1 ½ cups apple juice, heated to boiling
Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in a medium sized bowl and let stand one minute. Add the hot juice and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Pour into an 8×8 or 9×9 pan and refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. Cut into 1” cubes to serve. Store in the refrigerator.
I mix it with fresh fruit, like strawberries from the Farmers’ Market.
Here is the cost breakdown:
Servings: about 8 (may vary)
I would really like to try this with an organic, grass-fed gelatin. I haven’t found that option locally, but I have seen it online. Do you know of a good quality earth-friendly gelatin? Comment below!
If you like this, check out my Homemade Fruit Snacks recipe!