Homemade Jello

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Jello is a fun, kid-friendly treat.

purple jelloEspecially this homemade version, which is made without the artificial colors and flavorings found in the brand-name variety. In fact, these sweet and gelatinous squares are so easy to make, I’m surprised the boxed variety is so popular! All you need is 100% juice and grass-fed gelatin to make these quick and easy treats at home, and it’s no more time consuming than the original.

Gelatin is thought to support skin, hair and nail growth, and may be helpful for joints and joint recovery. It’s also a great dietary source of collagen, as well as a source of protein, so when it’s paired with 100% fruit juice with no added sugars, this is the type of Jello you won’t mind feeding to your family. (Unless, of course, you’re a vegetarian–> I’m trying to perfect a vegetarian version of this next!)

Hope you enjoy this fun, jiggly snack!

Homemade Jello
fills a standard loaf pan

Adapted from Wellness Mama

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups 100% fruit juice, divided
1/4 cup boiled water
1 tablespoon grass-fed gelatin

Directions:

To begin, you’ll want to “bloom” the gelatin in a bit of cool or room-temperature fruit juice, to ensure a smooth and even end result. In a medium mixing bowl, sprinkle the tablespoon of gelatin over 1/4 cup of the fruit juice (I used 100% organic grape juice for this batch), and whisk well until the mixture starts to thicken.

making homemade jello

Once the mixture is nice and thick, pour the 1/4 cup of hot (just boiled) water over it, and whisk well to dissolve evenly. When the mixture is smooth, add in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of fruit juice, and mix well to combine.

Pour the mixture into a standard loaf pan, greased or lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking, and place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.

making homemade jello

You’ll know it’s done with the top is firm to the touch!

making homemade jelloSlice into squares and serve immediately, or store in the fridge in a sealed container until ready to serve.

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Homemade Jello

A quick and easy homemade gelatin snack, with no added sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword jello, no bake, quick
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 35kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups 100% fruit juice , divided
  • 1/4 cup boiled water
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed gelatin

Instructions

  • To begin, you'll want to "bloom" the gelatin in a bit of cool or room-temperature fruit juice, to ensure a smooth and even end result. In a medium mixing bowl, sprinkle the tablespoon of gelatin over 1/4 cup of the fruit juice (I used 100% organic grape juice for this batch), and whisk well until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Once the mixture is nice and thick, pour the 1/4 cup of hot (just boiled) water over it, and whisk well to dissolve evenly. When the mixture is smooth, add in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of fruit juice, and mix well to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into a standard loaf pan, greased or lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking, and place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours. You'll know it's done when the top is firm to the touch!
  • Slice into squares and serve immediately, or store in the fridge in a sealed container until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 20.6mg
Per Serving: Calories: 35, Fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 9g

Notes:

  • You can use any type of juice you want for this recipe, either fresh-squeezed or bottled. (Preferably BPA-free with no sugar added.)
  • For a truly sugar-free version (i.e. no fruit sugars) you could make this with water and lemon juice instead of the fruit juice, and sweeten with stevia, to taste.
  • For added texture and fiber, you could probably add in some fresh fruit before setting in the fridge.

Reader Feedback: Have you ever made homemade Jello from scratch? Now that I’ve tried it, I can’t believe how easy it is!

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Holly

Love this recipe. Will definitely be trying. Any idea how long it lasts in the fridge? Thanks!

Nicole

Note with any fresh fruit…pineapple will only work if it is canned, not fresh!!! Fresh pineapple has natural enzymes that prevent the gelatin from setting.

Andy Soboil

amazing!!
Have you made the veg version and what gelatin did you use??

SRaMseur

Thank you for the recipe I had a medical procedure in which they said I could eat jell-O and wanted to make a natural version .
iused guava juice and mine was not successful and didn’t set! it’s more like a mouse or pudding. Wondering if it has something to do with using the super hot water out of my filter system which we use all the time for hot tea maybe it just was not as hot as it needed to be?

    BRIAna

    If you like making gelatin for dessert, the box often recommends not adding certain kinds of fruit, including pineapple, kiwi, mango, ginger root, papaya, figs or guava. People have a hard time getting the gelatin to solidify when they add these fruits. Gelatin is made from collagen, which is a structural protein found in all animals. Collagen is found in many parts of the body and helps give animals their structure, or shape. Gelatin, which is a mixture of collagen proteins, solidifies when you cook it because its proteins form tangled mesh pockets that trap the water and other ingredients. After the gelatin cools, the proteins remained tangled. This results in your wiggly-jiggly gelatin dessert.
    The fruits listed above contain proteases, which are enzymes. Enzymes help make certain chemical reactions happen. Proteases specifically act like a pair of scissors, helping reactions take place that cut other proteins up. In this activity you’ll explore whether these protease enzymes are preventing the gelatin from solidifying (by cutting the gelatin’s collagen proteins into such small pieces that they are no longer able to tangle together and create a semisolid structure). To do this you’ll inactivate these proteases by using heat.

Kandi

Thank you so much. You were right. …way too easy!! Love having this new healthy sugar free alternative.

Kelly Drzewiecki

Would this work with the green bottle of collagen hydrolosate gelatin?

    Megan Gilmore

    No, it has to be the gelatin that needs hot water, otherwise it won’t set.

Mindy

Loved! My girls gobbled it up. I made orange juice and strawberry lemonade with organic juice. I think blooming was the key and you don’t use too much gelatin so the texture was perfect. I’ve tried some others and they often turn out too firm, so it’s nice to have a goo go to recipe.

How would you make the sugar free lemonade version w/o too much effort? I find I have to use a lot of lemons to make decent lemonade, so juicing them all would not be fun. Does anyone have some good sugar free (stevia is good) recipes to share that the kids will eat?

BRIAna

What does “grass fed” mean? It’s gelatin that comes from cows. I checked the the manufacturer andrhey don’t know what you mean either.

    Megan Gilmore

    When this post was written years ago, that was the only brand that sold gelatin that came from grass-fed cows. Now, there are several brands available that offer this, so there are more options! Not sure why the company wouldn’t know what I was referring to, but maybe their quality has changed over the years.

Sally

are these firmer jellies or wiggly jello?

Mary

Mine did not set. I followed your instructions to the letter.

Sandra roberts

Hi, have you thought about adding coconut extract to pinneapple juice Jello? And then adding Gay Lea coconut whipped topping in a spray can as the topping? Kinda Piña Colada-ish.

Jacqueline Jacques

If it doesn’t set is that because I need more gelatin?

Ivory

This didn’t work. It just chuncked up after I put the rest of the apple juice in at the end.

STacie

I make this about 2x a week since starting the SCD and finding out I have Crohn’s. It’s amazing and so easy!

Laurie

Seriously love this jello. I would like to make alarger amount so I dont have t keep making it. Do you know how it would be best to do this?

Julieann Sharpe

parchment paper isn’t necessary–jello just peels off the glass. love this recipe. making it again right now

Diane

I used organic unsweetened dark cherry juice and camomile/spearmint tea. Wonderful cool and relaxing combination. The spearmint flavor added a refreshing flavor.

Jen

Followed the recipe to the letter and the result was a very soft set. Ingredients are fine, I use the gelatin in other recipes with success.

Brenna

How long does the jello stay good for?

Jan

I haven’t made jello for years due to the garbage in it. I also have a cake recipe that uses the liquid jello. You make the cake portion, poke holes and spoon the jello over the top of the cake to sink in.

Do you think this recipe will work for this cake as well?

teresa olofson

how to make it gummy bear consistency?
would not need refrigeration? after its fully ‘set’

Srishty

Hi, how long can it be stored in the fridge for?

Gerry

Love it, and your suggestions

Rose

Im on keto and im missing jello and gummies. So I brewed some rose leaf tea with rooibos tea and made this.
It turned out really good.
Next time, ill try some other teas like hibiscus or peach favors

David K

Try using a silicone ice cube tray

Wilma

I have trouble getting cranberry salad or pineapple to thicken why is this

emma

this homemade jello tured out yummy. thank you for sharing the recipe. my daughter loves it.

Maddison

Will a juice with pulp work or will it be grainy?

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m guessing that will be grainy from all the fiber in juice pulp, but feel free to experiment if you wouldn’t mind that!

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