I’m sure we all have fond memories loving Jello as kids, in all of its juicy, jiggly, super bright goodness.
Now that I know a little better what goes into those boxes of Jello powder (like sugar + dyes), I’m not so eager to make it for my kids. That is until I learned more about the benefits of gelatin and how to make homemade jello from fruit juice and grass-fed gelatin.
This real-food strawberry jello is even more delicious and good for you since it uses the whole fruit instead of just the juice. The result is an extra flavorful jello with a thicker texture like a jiggler. Cut into shapes or enjoy just as bars. This is jello that’s fun for kids and grown-ups alike!
Strawberry Jello: Accept No Substitutions
I know sometimes “healthy living” sounds like “no fun,” but here’s a secret: sometimes the healthy version of a recipe is MORE DELICIOUS than the original.
That is the case with this fresh strawberry jello recipe, which (gasp!) actually contains strawberries.
In case you thought the stuff from the store did as well, here’s how the ingredient list for store-bought strawberry jello reads:
Sugar, gelatin, adipic acid, contains less than 2% of artificial flavor, disodium phosphate, and sodium citrate, fumaric acid, red 40.
There’s one ingredient in that list they do have right (gelatin), but I can do without the rest!
How to Make Strawberry Jello
Kind of like homemade strawberry jam, making homemade strawberry jello is as easy as 1-2-3:
Heat and puree strawberries.
Pour in gelatin with water, honey, and (optional) fresh mint.
How easy is that!
Make sure to use a high quality gelatin powder from grass-fed animals like this one.
What’s your favorite way to make real fruit jello?
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