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Probiotic Infused Lemon Jello

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Probiotic Infused Lemon Jello

Grab a spoon, mamas . . .

If you loved those packets of yellow #5 and sugar from the store growing up, you’re going to adore this probiotic-infused twist. Tart and irresistibly jiggly, lemonade gelatin is rich in collagen – an essential nutrient for lustrous hair, glowing skin and strong nails.

It’s also loaded with amino acids which increase your metabolism and help balance your hormones, contains properties which make it healing for those with digestive disorders, and high quality protein. And of course it’s brimming with probiotics, those little friendlies which shape our food cravings, keep pathogens under control, and even make vitamins for us after we eat them!

Oh, and it’s good for your kids, too. I sometimes feed it to mine for breakfast. Enjoy!

Probiotic Infused Lemon Jello


* A couple of notes on the fermented lemonade: First, I use sauerkraut juice instead of whey as my starter because it’s usually what I have on hand. Second, if you don’t want to wait for it to ferment just make fresh lemonade and add sauerkraut juice. It will have a lower probiotic bacteria concentration, but it will still be delicious and healthy!


  1. In a small saucepan set over very low heat to preserve as much probiotic goodness as possible, whisk gelatin with 1 cup fermented lemonade until there are no lumps.
  2. Pour gelatin/lemonade mixture into a medium bowl and whisk together with the remaining cup of fermented lemonade. Taste mixture and add honey and lemon oil if desired.
  3. Pour into molds and refrigerate until firm.
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76 Responses to Probiotic Infused Lemon Jello

  1. Jenny says:

    I have a question. We have grass-fed gelatin and have been making your gummie snacks for my 13mo old. Have you ever heard of little ones having an allergic reaction to gelatin? He’s not ever had any vaccinations, which is the only allergic reaction to gelatin I can find when googling it. He loves the gummies and jello I’ve made so far and I know how healthy it is for him so it makes me sad if he is allergic to it. I’m planning an elimination diet soon to get to the source but was just checking to see if you know any information or now. Thank you!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Jenny! I wish I had something helpful to point you to but I have not heard of anyone having an allergic reaction to gelatin before. Hopefully the elimination diet will bring some clarity for you!

    • Kari says:

      My son is allergic to beef. Maybe your little one is too? I have to use pork gelatin, or else he reacts.

      • Jenny says:

        Omg Kari, I sure hope not!!! We’re proudly beef eaters in our home. I need to get to the bottom of it and was trying to get through the holidays before starting the elimination diet but I don’t think I can wait much longer. If he is allergic to beef it’s good to know there is pork gelatin available though.

        • Laura says:

          PLEASE, please, please, do NOT feed your child any kind of pork products!!! The human body does not process pork fat or pork proteins into energy, it sees them as toxins! The trichinosis parasite can and does survive the cooking process, to the point that medical examiners EXPECT to find evidence of the parasite in OVER HALF of the autopsies performed in the US! Pork is BAD and BAD FOR YOU. There is high-quality veggie-based gelatin available if you L.O. is allergic to beef, but please, don’t give them pork!

    • Leah G says:

      Hi Jenny, we’re having the same issue right now too. non vaccinated child as well. although she definitely shows signs of “leaky gut” from antibiotics I had during labor. she has food sensitivities to tomatoes, citrus, grapes. Its weird since she does fine with broth. I too was making fruit chewy snacks and jello like snacks

      • Jenny says:

        Oh no Leah, it sounds like you might have tried an elimination diet already to pinpoint those foods? I’ve done baby led weaning with my son, so he’s just eaten what we’ve eaten for meals which has worked out great so far. But now that he reacted to something, I have no idea what it was. His reaction looked like a bumpy rash on his face and legs, with some of it seemingly turning into patchy eczema. A rash doesn’t bother me, but the eczema does. That finally cleared and then he must have eaten something to set it off again, this time it was more blotchy eczema on his legs and arms. I bought The Eczema Cure from Holistic Squid and plan to do the elimination diet she suggests in that book. I’m really hoping it’s not an allergy to gelatin, or any of the big allergins like eggs, nuts, that kind of thing. He LOVED the sour gummies and jello made from gelatin, and it was so easy for me to make that it proved to be a wonderful snack. Crossing my fingers for sure!!!

        • Leah G says:

          yes we have done many rounds of elimination diets. I have nursed my oldest till she is 3 and cut her off because it was a bit stressful nursing her and my 1 yr old. I know I should have tried harder but it was the best I could do. I want to do Gaps but waiting till after Christmas. We do mostly Gaps now, full WAPF and no processed period. Same kind of rash though. pin point dots mostly on arms and upper chest. I give her lots of EPO and slather in tallow. also lots of FCLO. she gets probiotics and eats cultured foods. at a loss right now.

          • Leah G says:

            ok so I think it may be the honey and not the gelatin because she has been gelatin free for some time and the rash is getting worse. meanwhile her honey consumption has increased. homemade elderberry syrup, herbal tea, etc. also in the fruit snacks, jello, marshmallows, maybe you have the same issue?

          • Jenny says:

            Wow Leah, I understand how you’re at a loss at this point, especially after following all the “right ways to do things” like you are! I haven’t done GAPS and was going to try the not quite as strict plan in The Eczema Cure book first. I don’t know what is triggering the reactions. He’s still got these dry patches on his legs, and a little on his upper arms. I’m not sure about honey. I stopped using honey last week because I ran out. However, I really hope that’s what is triggering your little one’s reactions! It would be amazing to know what the problem is and be albe to stop it at it’s source. Good luck Leah! I hope this is it and things calm down for you and your little one!!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    What is Fermented Lemonade and how does it differ from the benefits of reg. lemonade? Assuming of course, the lemonade is made with real lemons :)

    Thank you in advance for your time and help.

  3. Jami says:

    Where is a good source for grass fed gelatin?

  4. Erin says:

    Could you use kombucha instead of the lemonade?

  5. Jen K. says:

    Hmmmm, thinking of using water kefir lemonade instead! YAY!!!!!

  6. kristi says:

    @ Jenny: do you think your little one may have a reaction to the sugar or lemon in the gelatin? try giving them a little gelatin on a spoon and see if it is ok? hope you get some answers!
    @ heather: i LOVE your website!! i am due in a couple weeks and your info is sooo helpful! cant wait to try this recipe! thank you :)

  7. kristi says:

    meaning “plain”gelatin :)

  8. Amanda Rae Smith says:

    By lemon oil, do you mean lemon essential oil? Or something else?

  9. Rowan says:

    Sadly, I have been allergic to gelatin all my life. Never tried grass fed per se, since I gave it up in the 1960’s. Jenny, hope your elimination diet shows the culprit, but gelatin is definitely possible. :(

  10. Amy says:

    Heather—-sauerkraut lemonade?!?! Is that good?! Can I use bubbies sauerkraut juice from their jars of refrigerated kraut?

  11. Kristi Niclas says:

    I just made this recipe tonight and it is DELICIOUS!! i had some strawberry juice kombucha and added lemon and it was soooo tasty!

  12. Megan says:

    Perfect timing! I just looked at my sauerkraut jar tonight and wondered what to do with the juice!

  13. Sunny says:

    I have some beet kvass handy, I’ll try making pink lemonade and let you know how it turns out. I made a batch of the regular probiotic lemonade (with whey) a while back after seeing it on Wellness Mama and my kids LOVED it.

  14. Looks like a great recipe I must try soon. Never thought of using gelatin this way. Thanks !

  15. Kristi Niclas says:

    i heated about 1/2 of lemon juice with a tablespoon of raw honey and a dash of water. once the honey was dissolved i stirred in the gelatin and then added 16 oz of Kombucha (strawberry) once it had cooled a bit. it was soooo yummy (yes, WAS cause it is gone now) . the recipe says to dissolve the gelatin in warmed kombucha (or fermented lemon aid) but i didn’t want to heat mine at all. it worked great!! using kombucha made the jello a little fizzy so yum!

  16. Kristi Niclas says:

    1/2 cup*

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks Kristi for telling us how you did this! Hopefully I’ll figure out that my little guy isn’t allergic to gelatin and I can try this! :)

  17. Andrea says:

    Yummy, this sounds great! I love anything lemon and I just bought some Great Lakes grass-fed gelatin to make homemade marshmallows. This will be another great recipe to use the gelatin. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Nelly says:

    How much lemon oil do you recommend?

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  21. Sara says:

    Any ideas for making this into an ice pop?

  22. Lena says:

    Do you know if I can add brewer’s yeast to it? Or is it not a good idea?

  23. Lena says:

    Another question is, can you use whey powder for this? It’s a lot easier than draining yogurt every time I need a cup of whey. Thanks!

  24. Katelyn says:

    Hi! I was wondering if pectin can be used in place of the gelatin? I can’t find high quality in my health food store and don’t to buy an expensive one online… I CAN get good powdered fruit pectin though! :) New to your blog, LOVE it!!

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  28. Love the idea of using sauerkraut juice with this instead of the whey. Thanks!

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  36. Nikki K says:

    can regular unflavored gelatin from an average grocery store be used? Ihave some in my pantry I’d like to use before buying “the good stuff” you recommend since it’s pretty expensive.

  37. Maggie says:

    I was looking into buying the Great Lakes Gelatin and one of the reviews on Amazon said it contains MSG… which I avoid completely. Surely this is a mistake?! I’m only 28 and have wrinkly eyes and want to give this product a try :)

  38. Where can I get the lemon oil? I checked Amazon but it looks all like essential oils – those are not edible, correct?

  39. Elizabeth Gosselin Walsh via FB says:

    Doterra oils are edible too.

  40. Caitlin Gibson – If extracted without solvents, essential oils derived from citrus are generally considered edible. They are, in fact, used to flavor a lot of commercial products. The brand that I linked to actually states that they are edible on their site, but explains that they label them as “not for internal use” so that people will not use them improperly.

    Personally, I don’t use essential oils internally except in cooking, where they are well-distributed in food and unlikely to cause irritation. Similarly, many people choose to take “buffered” vitamin C because it is gentler on the tummy. Hope that helps!

    Oh, and I’m thinking of starting a private Facebook group to discuss questions like this. :)

  41. P.S. Citrus oils labeled as organic are always extracted without solvents :)

  42. Thanks for the informative response – very helpful. Also, sorry that I missed that you linked to a recommended product…I was actually looking for a link before I asked the question :)

  43. Glad to help, Caitlin Gibson! I’m hoping to create a resource page soon so that it’s easier to find products I recommend :)

  44. Leslie Parker via FB says:

    Could you substitute lemon zest for the lemon oil?

  45. Aletha Wilson D'Amico via FB says:

    Laura Wilson show mom

  46. Leslie Parker – I think it would probably work, especially if you avoid the bitter white pith.

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