Paleo Jello (with Berries)

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Although store-bought jello (or jelly in British English) is pretty far from paleo (with food coloring and artificial flavors), the main ingredient in jello, gelatin, is actually a naturally occurring animal product.  I had always known that jello came from gelatin and that gelatin came somehow from cows, but it hadn’t really occurred to me that jello, even home-made jello, could be healthy!  Maybe I just equated it with too much added sugar!

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The topic of jello came up at a pot luck where the host pulled out a large container of gelatin and suggested we all try making jello at home!  After researching gelatin, I found that it’s usually made from beef skin, hoofs, bones etc and is full of amino acids.  Ok, beef skin, hoofs, and bones don’t sound all that appetizing…but let’s just focus on the end product, jello.

Gelatin touts some impressive health benefits ranging from improving joint and hair health to strengthening nails.  It was easy to purchase gelatin on Amazon – in fact, I bought 5 lbs of it, which will probably last a lifetime since 2 tablespoons of the stuff makes 2 cups of jello (but it was only $35 for a lifetime supply of healthy jello)!

My first jello used strawberry and blueberry puree.  For this, I took a cup of strawberries and a cup of blueberries (I cut up a few extra strawberries into slices for garnish).

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I place the berries into the blender (or Vitamix) and pureed really well….berries_in_blender

Then I put 2 tablespoons of gelatin (I bought it off Amazon here) into a bowl (make sure the bowl is large enough to fit around 2 cups of water).

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I added 1 cup of cold water to the gelatin powder and whisked well to get the gelatin to dissolve.  Then I placed the bowl into the microwave and nuked on high for 1 minute to ensure the gelatin was fully dissolved in the water.  I used a fork to whisk it a bit more after taking it out of the microwave.

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Then I divided the fruit puree (it came to around 1 cup of puree) into cups or whatever container you want the jello to set in.  I poured it into 3 glass cups, filling each cup halfway. puree

Then, I filled the other half of each cup with the gelatin dissolved in the water.  I whisked it a bit more with the fork to ensure the gelatin mixed well with the fruit puree.  Then, I left it in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set.  Before serving, I garnished each cup with a couple of slices of strawberries.

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The texture of the jello is a bit different to that of traditional jello (mostly because I used fruit puree rather than juice).  This jello was less solid and more of a mousse consistency in your mouth.  It’s also not super sweet because there’s no added sugar.  I really enjoyed how refreshing it was, especially when enjoying the summer sun.

Paleo Jello (Strawberry/Blueberry Flavor)

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Yield: 2 cups of jello

Paleo Jello (Strawberry/Blueberry Flavor)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons of gelatin powder
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Puree the strawberries and blueberries in a blender or Vitamix.
  2. Pour the pureed fruit into cups, filling each cup half way.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons of the gelatin powder into a large bowl and add in 1 cup of cold water. Stir well. Then place the bowl into the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute. Mix well using a fork.
  4. Pour the gelatin water into the cups with the fruit puree (almost filling each cup to the brim) and mix well.
  5. Leave in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours.
  6. Serve with a few slices of strawberries as garnish.
http://paleomagazine.com/paleo-jello-strawberryblueberry-flavor/

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Comments

  1. says

    Looks wonderful.

    I’d been thinking about doing a jelly recipe for ages, but hadn’t done any research to try and see how easy/difficult it was.

    It looks like its relatively easy, and I’ve no doubt it will be miles nicer than store bought Kelly’s so must must give it a go!

    Great recipes & blog you have here :)

  2. AK says

    Now that I’ve read that one of the products that gelatin is made from is alligator bones, all I can say is nothing on earth could persuade me to put it in my mouth.

  3. Mary in LA says

    @AK: Aw, c’mon! Them alligators is good eatin’! :) If you’ve never tried Cajun alligator sausage, do yourself a favor and order some. And I think alligator meat would be considered at least paleo-compatible, even if alligators themselves are New World creatures.

    @Louise: Great post!
    On “jelly” vs. “jello”: British usage is correct. We may call it “jello” over here, but we’re all technically wrong! :)
    “Jell-O®” is a trademark that has become generic, like aspirin or linoleum or Kleenex. “Jelly” is what my mother called the delicious concoction she made from fruit juice and gelatin. She served it with cream on top — even better! :) My kid sister and I loved it. The texture was a little softer and squidgier, just as you point out in your recipe, and we liked that better than the firmer, bouncier brand-name stuff.

    Looking forward to trying your recipe!

  4. Kristen says

    Thanks for sharing your recipe — I just made some with all strawberries. I’d much rather have REAL strawberry gelatin than the fake stuff in the box! Now I just have to wait for it to set up… :)

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