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Health, Home, and Happiness: Make Jello Blocks Made From Fruit Juice

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Make Jello Blocks Made From Fruit Juice


Made only from fruit juice and gelatin, these are a dye free, corn syrup free, GMO free, much better alternative to jello from a box. Not amazingly healthy, but these are a fun treat.

Easy directions:
Boil 3 cups of fruit juice (I don't know if pulpy juice like orange would work- I used purple grape Welch's 100% Juice)
In a bowl, sprinkle 4 packets of unflavored gelatin over 1 cup of cold (or room temp) fruit juice.
When the gelatin has gotten jelloish, stir the boiled juice in with a fork.

A little honey (2 tablespoons or so) can be added if your kids are used to sweeter jello.

I put this in an 8x8 pyrex, leave out on the counter until it's cooled a bit, then stick it in the fridge over night.

More information: Commercial gelatin is said to have MSG in it from the processing and isn't preferable. Your health food store should have beef gelatin that's less processed and contains much less (if any) MSG. The MSG isn't added, it's created during the processing, so it's not going to show up on the label.

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Alternatives to other unhealthy foods marketed to children:

Sweet Potato Fries

GFCF Chicken Nuggets (can be made with regular flour as well, either way they're a much better alternative to fast food)

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3 Comments:

Blogger Matters of the Heart said...

Those look good and really easy to make.
I have a big box of unflavored gelatin packs in my freezer. I was shocked at how much that big box is at the grocery store. But to me its worth it to pay a little more (when I can) and have a better food to feed my family.
Have a great day, Cara
Dana

November 11, 2009 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Yeah, it is pretty pricey. I just bought the regular Knox, and 4 envelopes cost $1.32 or around there, and I used 3 envelopes for one 8x8 dish. I'm hoping that beef gelatin in bulk is cheaper.

November 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger alexis said...

this is how I make jello for my children as well. I avoid the conventional jellos in the store as the ingreedients list is scary...artificial this, red dye that...yuck! Thanks for sharing this tip.

November 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

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