There’s a beautiful little yoga class I do called Yoga Pop, with my little man each Wednesday morning at Flow athletic. At the end of the class, we share a treat with all the parents and little ones, made by yours truly. So far I’ve made a few treats from my book Real Treats, but this week, I wanted to shares some delicious jellies, to show mums how easy they are to make, and how nourishing they are as a treat option, with zero weirdness that you’d find in a supermarket jelly (You can read an extensive exposé I did HERE).
This is perfect for big and little kids alike. It’s easy to involve your children in making them and you can change up the fruit pieces that you set inside them or the liquid that you use – It’s up to you to keep the variety going. The only this that needs to stay the same, is the liquid to gelatin ratio.
I hope you enjoy these easy peasy treats. They’re such a fantastic way to reap the rewards of gelatin on the hair, nails, skin, bones and joints, as well as providing a little protein.
What you’ll need (makes 40 mini jellies as pictured from a mini muffin tin mould)
650ml liquid. (kombucha or water kefir give you sensational probiotic benefits but freshly pressed juice for these small quantities is fine on occasion. I don’t recommend drinking fruit juices because of the fructose content. 1 glass apple juice = 6-7 teaspoons sugar! BUT if you’re having a couple of these as your delicious little sweet treat for the day, no harm done at all! ENJOY <3 )
I did 500ml raspberry kombucha / 150ml water
4 tablespoons Great Lakes Grass Fed Gelatin (You can grab from Organics on a budget here with free shipping! It will last you ages so don’t panic too much about price. You’ll get at least 20 batches of jelly done with one carton!)
3/4 cup chopped berries / bananas / watermelon.. whatever you fancy!
A mould to pour your jelly into – You can make one big slab of it and cut into squares, or you can pop into a mini muffin tray, like I’ve done here.
What to do
For thermomix users: Set temperature to Varoma and 2mins 30 secs to bring your liquid to the boil. Then follow the instructions and blend your gelatin in for 5 seconds, Speed 7. All other instructions are same, same.
Regular instructions: Boil your water and just 150ml of the remaining fruit liquid of your choice. As you see it boil, pour it into a blender and blend on high speed the gelatin powder – ensuring that the gelatin doesn’t get stuck on the blades going in – it needs to make it into the liquid!
Then add the rest of your liquid into the hot liquid and pulse a couple of seconds.
Now pop 4-6 tiny pieces of fruit into each mini muffin mould – They shouldn’t take up more than 1/4 of the space, to allow plenty of liquid to come under, between and around them.
Now carefully pour the warm fruit liquid over the fruit pieces in your mould.
Pop in the fridge to set. 2 hours minimum.
Do demould, you can trace around the jellies with a small knife and then lift under them with a teaspoon to pop out.
Store on a platter in the fridge or eat straight away once set.
Now, THAT’S the kind of traditional, soothing jelly that would comfort a sick little one. Not those weirdo packets of fakeness from the supermarket!
What is kombucha? A fermented tea beverage with probiotic benefits. It’s a healthy soft drink! You can grab it from your local health shop with growing ease as it rises in popularity.
You can also of course make your own, which once in the swing of it, isn’t hard to do at all. Need a kombucha recipe? Try Alisha’s from Naughty Naturopath Mum which is fab, or Sarah Wilson’s Raspberry vanilla bean one which is delicious too.
Looking forward to seeing your pics of the different shapes and combos you try. You can catch me on instagram @Alexx_Stuart or just pop it up on the facebook wall.