How to Make Natural, Healthy Jello

Conventional Jello is filled with artificial ingredients. Here's an easy recipe to make natural and healthy jello.
Do you know that jello can be a health food? Well, if you make it the Mama Natural way it can be. :)

Conventional Jello is filled with artificial ingredients. Here’s an easy recipe to make it yourself and turn that junk food into a healthy and natural superfood that kids will love.

Natural jello recipe video

What exactly makes jello gel?

It’s gelatin, which comes from hides and bones of animals. I know, it sounds kinda scary but trust me on this one.

High in anti-inflammatory amino acids like glycine and proline, gelatin helps your nails and hair grow fast and strong, promotes restful sleep, improves memory and learning and even has antitumor properties!

The gelatonius nature helps soothe the intestional tract while assisting digestion.

I consumed lots of this brand of gelatin when I was pregnant, and think it’s why I didn’t get any stretch marks or saggy skin. Woo hoo!

Let’s face it, eating jello is FUN!

What’s not so fun is the conventional jello on the marketplace. Filled with sugar, artificial flavoring and dyes, not to mention their gelatin comes from animals that are fed improper diets and given hormones. No thanks!

But, we can create our own homemade jello and bring back all of the healing and medicinal properties while making it taste YUMMY.

Get some good gelatin

Before you begin making, you’re gonna need a high quality gelatin product. Knox gelatin at the store ain’t gonna cut it.

You’ll probably have to order online as there are only 2 brands I recommend… Bernard Jensen and Great Lakes. Both of these are hormone free, all natural bovine gelatin.

You’re also gonna need some tasty fruit juice! Grape, orange, and cherry are all lovely flavors for jello. You can mix and match as you see fit or with what’s in season. (NOTE: Do not use raw pineapple juice as the enzymes in the fruit will prevent the Jello from setting.)

Healthy jello ingredients

  • 2 cups of juice, preferable organic and freshly made or “not from concentrate.”
  • 2 TB of gelatin (I like this brand)
  • Raw honey, coconut nectar or stevia (here’s my favorite stevia)
  • 1/2-1 cup of raw fruit or 2 TB of fruit rind (optional)
  • Top with raw cream if desired

Healthy jello directions

  • Pour your juice into a saucepan.
  • Add in 2 TB of gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  • Turn on heat to medium and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Don’t let it sit long or it will start to clump.
  • Stir and taste. Add and mix in sweetener if you desire.
  • Pour mixture into a jello mold (any glass bowl will work… even ice cube trays!)
  • Put jello into refrigerator and let sit for at least 3-4 hours. Better to leave overnight.

Serve and ENJOY your natural, healthy jello!

Interested in more gelatin recipes and tips?

Here are all my posts on gelatin, including a bunch of fun recipes for kids of all ages.

How about YOU?

Did you like jello as a kid? How do you make it now?


About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  1. alicia May 15 at 5:42 pm

    Why does mine taste like meat? Lol I am trying to be healthy…. I really am.. I used apple juice and it tasted pretty bad. I tried orange too but not much better. My kids won’t touch it.

  2. Cindy April 28 at 9:56 pm

    I used mango/orange juice and this turned out great! I did add six drops of stevia but not sure I really needed it.
    I’m wondering how long this will keep in the fridge?
    Thanks for a great recipe!!

    • Genevieve April 30 at 10:14 am

      I would say about a week. Glad you liked it!

  3. Shelly Barton March 26 at 12:57 pm

    Jello – could you substitute essential oil for flavoring instead of juice? looking for a sugar free, low carb option.

    • Genevieve March 27 at 7:54 am

      You could try a few drops of Lemon and then use stevia as your sweetener. Not sure if it will work though!

    • Cindy April 28 at 9:58 pm

      Shelly did you try this? I’d love to know if this works! I have some orange EO that might be good in jello! However I don’t think kids (under 6?) are supposed to ingest EOs so I wouldn’t make it this way for children.

  4. Sarah November 25 at 12:58 pm

    Would this work with apple cider as the juice? I will try tonight. Thanks!

  5. Robin November 18 at 11:25 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m making jello for my daughter’s birthday this weekend as part of the snacks. I’m going to use mini silicone dog themed molds that have 24 spaces in them. How many of the molds do you *think* I can fill making the recipe as stated? I’m just wondering if I should double, triple, the recipe… Thanks. :)

  6. Elly Sooh September 13 at 3:29 pm

    How did you arrive at the conclusion that this is healthy? It’s basically just sugary juice, sugar, and gelatin.

    • Robin November 18 at 11:28 pm

      Then maybe you just shouldn’t make jello following her recipe. Or don’t look up jello recipes altogether if you’re just going to criticize. No need to be rude to someone who is trying to help by providing us with recipes.

    • megan December 6 at 8:16 am

      It’s healthy because gelatin is a super food! Juice and sugar in moderation are not “bad.”

  7. Heidi August 8 at 10:03 am

    I’m trying to lose more weight. 2 of us lost 90 pounds a year ago and have kept all but 10 off, so we’re happy. Now I want to push downward and one of the problems is that Splenda was a stape and I’m finding it makes us hungry! So I quit making my own jello. Now I’m wondering if honey or Stevia are going to stimulate appetites, too? Are they better for us than Splenda?

    • Betty Blake March 8 at 5:37 pm

      Artificial sweeteners can have that effect, but both honey and agave should leave you feeling satisfied.:)

  8. Veronika June 26 at 7:58 pm

    I LOVE Jelly but can not find any good and natural with Halal logo, couse im a muslim

    • Erika February 12 at 11:14 pm


      I have a few Muslim friends and they all agreed that having jello made from Great Lakes gelatin was accepted in their dietary restrictions. Since this gelatin is certified kosher. I understand kosher is different than halal, however, some Muslim accept “kosher” food as a replacement.

    • Betty Blake March 8 at 5:48 pm

      Modernist Pantry sells a gelatin made from fish and there is also a vegetarian alternative called agar agar.:)

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  10. Leonard Schneider May 26 at 6:07 pm

    Dear Genevieve,

    Thanks for telling about Bernard Jensen’s gelatin, ….great stuff.
    I squeezed an organic Lemon and added Stevia ( Truvia ) ..
    It was really great … It was so cute to see your little one eat the jello.
    Great finally. I hope you enjoy my very natural web site.
    PS You look so much like Sharon Den Adel from “Within Temptation “…see near the lower part of my web site.

  11. Just Me March 31 at 12:41 am

    Similar to Jell-O…do you have ideas for pudding for my kids that is very similar consistency (only WAY healthier) than the stuff in the stores?! I’ve tried the organic instant puddings and my kids did not go for the (very different) flavoring, unfortunately. Thanks!

    • Cindy April 28 at 9:47 pm

      I don’t have the recipe handy, but you can make pudding with avocado, honey and Cocoa powder. It’s delicious!!

  12. Laura February 21 at 5:42 pm

    Hi thank you for this! I’m a lactation consultant and will definitely be promoting your site :)
    Question – i bought both the green label and the orange label Great Lakes. Which one do you use for this jello? thank you

    • Kristin May 28 at 1:59 pm

      You’d use the orange – green won’t gel!

    • linda December 12 at 4:50 pm

      Why don”t you try baked custard with them, a little nutmeg on top? Or rice pudding with raisins?
      Bread pudding? These are old fashioned, but, when Mom made these puddings, or even Dad, we as kids loved them….or so did all the neighbourhood kids. Also chocolate pudding from scratch. I’m sure you can find these recipes by just googling them. Good luck.

  13. Anni February 8 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve been looking for good sources of gelatin. Thanks for the recommendations.

  14. Karen January 21 at 3:51 pm

    Do you know of a kosher form of this recipe?? Gelatin is made out of pork..

    • Harmony January 21 at 4:35 pm

      The gelatin she recommends here are both BOVINE gelatins, which means beef, not pork. The Great Lakes brand (which is what I have in my cabinet right now) even declares itself to be kosher on the package.

      • D. June 19 at 6:18 pm

        Great Lakes is porcine, not bovine. The pigs are also not pastured, they are grain fed. Whether or not it’s organic grain (if there is such a thing) I have no idea. Even the Bernard Jensen stuff has some porcine mixed in with the bovine. I just read an article concerning these products and this information was in that article. I also learned to make herbal tea jellos which are great when people are ill if they don’t like herbal tea. With kids jello is a great answer because all kids love jello. It’s made with pure Grade B maple syrup for the sweetner, although I imagine you could use stevia or even rapadura.

        • Cindy April 28 at 9:49 pm

          Great Lakes offers both porcine and bovine gelatin. I have both in my pantry. I accidentally bought the porcine one first since the jars look the same.

      • Betty Blake March 8 at 5:52 pm

        Modernist kitchen makes a jello from fish bones:)

  15. samantha January 2 at 10:53 am

    I made this with 100% juice from a box with fresh mandarin slices and cranberries—delicious!

    Then I thought, I could make this healthier, and used fresh squeezed orange juice. Horrid. It was so bitter, I couldn’t eat it.

    Hmmmmm….does it taste better with other fresh squeezed fruit juices? I’d prefer to use fresh, but there’s no point if it’s gonna be bitter.

  16. Harmony Steele November 27 at 7:40 pm

    I was just wondering, do you think I could make this with lemon juice? I don’t want it to be crazy tart…
    Has anyone tried this?

  17. Katherine @ Mind Body and Sole November 23 at 12:06 am

    So glad I found this! My husband has been asking for a dessert for Thanksgiving that uses jello, cool-whip, pineapple, and pomegranate seeds. I’ve been cringing making it for him, but now I can!

    Question though, typically the powdered jello gets mixed in with the cool-whip (in our case whipped cream) and then the fruit gets added. How would you suggest I combine the two using your recipe?

  18. Joelle October 29 at 11:25 pm

    Could you make the jigglers with this or add something to it to make it finger jello?

    • D. June 19 at 6:20 pm

      Yes. Just add more gelatin and the thicker it gets.

  19. Nicole September 9 at 10:51 pm

    Hi! This was such an easy recipe! I am excited to make this a new norm for getting that rich gelatin in mine and my kids’ diet. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  20. Valeria July 28 at 7:42 pm

    Love the directions. I did notice that after I heated the juice and added the 2TB of gelatin, it immediately clumped up. I didn’t add any form of sweeteners as the juice that I used was sweet enough. But I loved the end result. Finally some jello for this pregnant mom who has been craving it but chose to not buy the store kind. Thank you!!!!

    • D. June 19 at 6:22 pm

      I did not add the gelatin during the heating phase, just the other ingredients. After it cooled a little, I added the gelatin and then used my hand blender/wand blender (I call mine a magic wand). Use a deep bowl or kettle, however, because it will splatter if you don’t, and also keep the blender all the way to the bottom of the bowl, do not lift it up.

  21. Meggan July 26 at 7:09 pm

    The directions here indicate the gelatin should be added to the hot juice, but I have much better luck adding it to cold juice and then adding the hot juice to the cold juice/gelatin:)

    • Alisha August 30 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you for this!!! When I added the gelatin to the hot – I got a gloppy mess that I ended up using a stick blender to break up. It was kind of a disaster. I’ll try again adding it to cold first.

    • D. June 19 at 6:23 pm

      Yes, that is called “blooming”.

  22. Jennifer Holovack July 24 at 9:24 pm

    YAY! I love this! I have an extremely picky toddler and he was recently sick which makes him even more picky. I bought some jello from the store just to get something in his tummy and he loved it but i of course am horrified by all the terrible ingredients in it :( This is awesome. Thank you.

  23. Kelly July 14 at 1:20 pm

    Could you make this jello totally sugar free?. Putting in Stevia or Xylitol drink/beverage instead of juice?. Any ideas for diabetics?.

    • Cindy April 28 at 9:52 pm

      Yes, I used a mango/orange no-sugar-added juice and just a few drops of stevia and it turned out great!

  24. Kellie E June 12 at 1:55 pm

    So glad I found this recipe! I think I’m going to make some watermelon/cantaloupe jello soon. Yum!

  25. Elisa Gill June 2 at 8:29 pm

    You are my new best friend! I make ” Ice Cream Jello” for holidays and birthdays and have been kind of bummed out at the idea of not being able to make it anymore, because as you know, commercially produced Jello ( or store brands for that matter) is creepy… I can’t wait to order some gelatin and try the recipe with homemade “Jello”. I’ll have to figure out the ice cream ratio, but it will be worth it! And for anyone who hasn’t heard of Ice Cream Jello.. you replace the cold water in the recipe with vanilla ice cream, a little at a time to make sure it melts and whisk it… you should also whisk it a couple more times in the setting process… basically what you end up with is a lot like mousse.

  26. Natalie May 23 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I am trying to find yummy ways to use Bernard Jensen’s gelatin, so this is perfect! Kids and I are making orange jello today :) Blessings in Christ~

  27. Holly February 25 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Mama! I just bought some of the Great Lakes gelatin, but I think I’m doing something wrong. Every time I follow your recipe, it clumps before I add the additional 1.5 cups of juice. Any further suggestions?

    Love your blog BTW :)

    • Genevieve February 25 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Holly!

      That can happen to me sometimes. The key is to put the gelatin into cool/room temperature water and stir/dissolve as much as possible. Then slowly heat and keep stirring. The gelatin should dissolve. Sometimes I have to keep stirring/heating for a little longer than I’d like but it eventually dissolves. ENJOY :)

  28. Sharon Gibson December 20 at 2:59 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I wanted to fix some of my favorite jello salads for the holidays and I didn’t want to use the packaged jello. I love this recipe and idea. I can’t wait to try it!
    Thanks again!

  29. Nicki November 18 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Mama! I just got my order of Great Lakes Gelatin from Amazon recently and our favorite juice is grape so far to use for our “jigglers”. We are using your recipe and loving it. I also just tried making my own marshmallows for the holidays.

  30. Corrie November 16 at 7:51 am

    I would suggest boiling water to dissolve the jello, then adding juice. These juices (especially grape!) are sweet enough, 1/2c of water isn’t going to ruin them.
    And then I like to pour the jello directly into the containers I take to work – less hassle in the mornings! :) Good tip about ordering fancy jello online.

    • Anastasia October 18 at 3:53 pm

      great suggestion. I just ruined half a cup of not cheap juice (never mind the tablespoons of gelatin!) by trying this recipe. Ugh. Wellness Mama’s recipe is the one I should’ve followed.

  31. Alexis June 21 at 1:15 pm

    This recipe inspired me to finally buy some gelatin. Amazon sells the Great Lakes brand at a great rate in a two pack with prime shipping. Anyway, I made my first batch this morning with some organic grape juice and I was pleasantly surprised to see that 1T of gelatin had 6grams (!) of protein in it. This will be a great way to sneak some more protein into my carb loving toddler! It will be a fun tonight after she takes her CLO (which she surprisingly loves). Thanks for the recipe idea!

  32. Jean May 29 at 12:41 pm

    Great! I actually make this a lot. I add gelatin to every thing you can think of for my kids: popsicles, pizza sauce, every soup of course, smoothies. Everything.

    Thanks for such a good video!

  33. Glenys May 29 at 12:04 pm

    Love this recipe!!! how old was griffin when you introduced jello to him??

  34. CC May 23 at 3:29 am

    Ahahaha Griffy’s jelly face! Super cute!

    There is an alternative to conventional jelly (or jello – language barriers!) called agar – it’s made of seaweed extract, and I find it has a much subtler flavour than jelly made from animal products. And it’s vegan, I think – not that that matters to me, I’m a carnivore!

  35. JILL May 22 at 10:25 pm

    just ordered some powdered gelatin from great lakes (via amazon). thanks for the GREAT idea!!!

  36. SarahEndlein May 22 at 9:20 pm

    Ooohh. Now my pregnant butt is craving jello… You make the food you prepare look so tasty. I must try this! :)

  37. Amanda May 22 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe !!

  38. Earthmama May 22 at 12:50 pm

    Yummy :) i just love the way you talk about food, i really enjoy when you post a video from your kitchen, i love watching a mama who lives healthy with out being a vegan or vegeterian. (no hard feelings for those you chose it)


  39. Katie May 22 at 12:34 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome. Who knew? (well, I guess you did..) I’m going to have to try this!

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