Easy Fruit Juice Gelatin (No Sugar)

by Merissa on January 24, 2013

in Featured, Recipes

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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.

Homemade Gelatin

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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1 Chassie January 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

I love the idea. It bothers me a little using the gelatin though. What exactly is in it? My little guy 14 months would love this though


2 Merissa January 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Here’s more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin
Gelatin is actually super healthy for you, but you need to make sure you buy it from a reputable source.


3 Ashleigh January 24, 2013 at 9:19 am

This is AWESOME! Thank you for posting it! I am curious though, my kids love jello jigglers. Would I just double the amount of geletin, or do they come out fairly firm?


4 Merissa January 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I would maybe add 50% more gelatin first before I’d try doubling it. It is fairly firm with the amount I used in the recipe but a little bit more should get it to the “jigglers” consistency.


5 Ruthann January 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

Thank you SO much!! I have been looking for a healthy alternative for the husband and kids (I just can’t do jello…lol) and refused to buy the “junk” with all the fake stuff in it. My husband will be SO thrilled to have jello again and it will be a great “new” treat for the “youngin’s”. Thank you again!!


6 Erica January 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

What about the gelatin that Azure standards sells? Its even cheaper. Have you tried it?


7 Merissa January 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I have but I’m not as happy with it as the Great Lakes. It works just fine though if you want to try something cheaper first!


8 Erica January 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I just bought some from azure, so i will try it out. I’m curious what you didn’t like about it, and why you like great lakes better. Thanks.


9 Merissa January 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

It just didn’t dissolve as well as the Great Lakes brand and I’m not sure if it’s from grass fed cows.


10 Beth January 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

This gelatin is porcine…not bovine.



11 Merissa January 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm

That’s strange, I bought the bovine gelatin a few weeks ago and that was the right link but now it’s not coming up for me.


12 Merissa January 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm
13 Beth January 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

Just went back to Amazon to investigate and they do have bovine gelatin. The link you provided does link to the porcine gelatin.


14 brien January 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

A quick tip from a pro kitchen….along with pineapple, kiwis and mangoes also have an enzyme that keeps gelatins and aspics from setting. You can try but….:) My personal favourite gelatin flavour is still cranberry 😉


15 Merissa January 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thank you for sharing!


16 The Informal Matriarch January 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Such an easy thing to do. I saw it done with wine once on The Food Network as well. That would be delicious too.


17 Juli February 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

has anyone tried this recipe using xanthan gum instead of gelatin?


18 Sonya February 17, 2013 at 5:26 am

I haven’t had Jello in a really long time due to all of the junk in it. This post brought new light to the real stuff and inspired me to buy the suggested gelatin. Our whole family has enjoyed it, especially our 16 month old twins. Thank you!!!! I just put a pan of kombucha gelatin in the fridge. While making it I’d remembered reading somewhere about kombucha gummies. When I searched for one I couldn’t find a good recipe. Your gummy recipe/video looks pretty easy. I was wondering how much of this new gelatin would be used in place of the packages?
Thank you so much for all of your posts. I really enjoy your blog. 😉


19 Merissa February 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Hmm good question. I think to make the gummies I would add either a tablespoon and a half to this recipe posted above or maybe 2 tablespoons. Try the lesser amount first and let us know!


20 Rose May 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I’d love to try this. However, I read quite a few reviews on Amazon that said the stuff was super stinky, making it inedible. That’s not going to go over well in my house. I trust you more than random Amazon reviews – so what do you think about the stink factor?


21 Merissa May 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I’ve never had a stink issue with the Gelatin. Just make sure that it’s the BEEF gelatin, not the bovine. We use the beef and it has no scent at all.


22 Joei July 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I used the bovine gelatin and the taste was so strong, I found it to be inedible. The taste of the gelatin made me gag.


23 Merissa July 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Was it old? We have the bovine gelatin and don’t seem to notice a taste or smell at all.


24 Monica Ward May 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hi Merissa,
What is the difference between bovine and porcine gelatine? And how is it good for you? I have no idea about this ingredient. I love this idea.
Thanks Mon


25 Merissa May 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

Porcine is made from pork (pigs) and bovine is made from beef (cows). Some claim there is some smell and taste associated with the porcine gelatin but I wouldn’t be able to tell you first hand since I’m allergic to pork so we haven’t tried that one! Other than that they are nutritionally the same.


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