Ever since my mom made a batch of jello for our 4th of July party last summer, my kids have been obsessed with making and eating jello for snacks and after dinner dessert. And I get it, I truly do. It bounces, it jiggles, and it’s fun to play. Oh, and it’s super sweet to eat.
So I thought to myself, what if there was a way to make a batch of this yummy goodness that was both simple and a bit more nutritious than the conventional box method of preparation? Jello that my little ones loved to eat, and I didn’t mind serving up because it was packed with fresh fruit.
It took me a couple batches to play around with perfect, but I think we have a winner.
Fresh Fruit Finger Jello:
*makes enough to fill a small shallow baking dish (8″ x 8″). Or in our case, the bottom of an ice cube tray*
1-1/2 cup fresh berries (a combo of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries work well)
2-1/2 tablespoon gelatin
4 tablespoons honey (optional)
1 cup water
1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Place fresh berries in blender, top with honey and puree until smooth. (I use a Vitamix blender and bring the speed up to 10 and let it puree for around 30 seconds. Basically until the mixture is smooth and of a consistent color, with no visible seeds.)
3. Once berries are pureed, add the gelatin and water. Blend together until smooth.
4. Pour hot mixture into a pan or mold. Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours before serving.
I haven’t experimented with any fruit other than berries, but I’m guessing mangoes, pineapples and maybe even papaya might be tasty as well.
I want to point out that honey isn’t recommend until after the baby’s first birthday, and in this recipe the honey is totally optional.
(Recipe closely adapted from The Simple Moms, visit the site for some excellent kitchen tips pertaining to fresh fruit jello making.)