We've been searching lately for easy and simple (and frugal!) toddler snacks. In our food allergy household it can be difficult and expense to find a decent snack that makes everyone happy!
Turns out in my snack making experiments, homemade gelatin is very easy to make and pretty cost efficient. One box of Jello from the store costs around $0.75. One container of Great Lakes Gelatin (which is from grass fed cows, don't buy just any old gelatin!!) costs $15. That is enough to make 64 batches of gelatin! Of course you will still have the extra cost of the juice but it still should come out to around the same amount for your homemade gelatin as it costs for the store bought kind and you have the security of knowing that there are only 2 ingredients in your homemade version instead of an average of 9 (only one of which I can pronounce) like there are in store bought Jello.
What You Need:
1 Tablespoon of Gelatin
2 c. fruit juice (your choice)
My ingredients. I used an organic apple juice because that's what I had on hand but you could use any flavor!
Pour 1 cup of your juice into a sauce pan and heat on a low heat. You don't need it to boil, just to warm up.
Once it's warm, whisk in one tablespoon on unflavored gelatin. Mix it well leaving no clumps. Remove your saucepan from the heat and add in the other cup of juice. Stir well.
Pour this mixture into a fridge safe container. Stick in your fridge until firm and then..
Enjoy! It's toddler approved!
If you want to get creative with this, try different kinds of juice or different combinations of juices. You could even try adding in some fruit pieces (not pineapple, it won't gel). This is a great snack because it's full of protein and fruit. Your little one (or you!) won't even know that it's healthy and will just enjoy the treat!
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