How to Make Healthy Jello

Do you know that jello can be a health food? Well, if you make it the Mama Natural way it can be. :)

Know what makes jello gel? It’s gelatin, which comes from hides and bones of animals. I know, it sounds kinda scary but read on…

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 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. Special thanks to Cheeseslave for this recipe inspiration.

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.)

Ingredients

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

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!

How about YOU?

Did you like jello as a kid? What’s your favorite flavor?

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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49 Comments

  1. Just Me March 31, 2014 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!

  2. Laura February 21, 2014 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

  3. Karen January 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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

    • Harmony January 21, 2014 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.

  4. samantha January 2, 2014 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.

  5. Harmony Steele November 27, 2013 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?

  6. Katherine @ Mind Body and Sole November 23, 2013 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?

  7. Joelle October 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm

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

  8. Nicole September 9, 2013 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!!

  9. Valeria July 28, 2013 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!!!!

  10. Meggan July 26, 2013 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, 2013 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.

  11. Jennifer Holovack July 24, 2013 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.

  12. Kelly July 14, 2013 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?.

  13. Kellie E June 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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

  14. Elisa Gill June 2, 2013 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.

  15. Natalie May 23, 2013 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~

  16. Holly February 25, 2013 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, 2013 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 :)

  17. Sharon Gibson December 20, 2012 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!
    Sharon Gibson recently posted Are You a Pond or River Writer?

  18. Nicki November 18, 2012 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.
    Nicki recently posted Chocolate Marshmallows

  19. Corrie November 16, 2012 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, 2013 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.

  20. Alexis June 21, 2012 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!

  21. Jean May 29, 2012 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!

  22. Glenys May 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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

  23. CC May 23, 2012 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!
    CC recently posted A Thousand Thousand Fearless Things #31

  24. JILL May 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm

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

  25. SarahEndlein May 22, 2012 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! :)

  26. Earthmama May 22, 2012 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)

    <3

  27. Katie May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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

    • Genevieve May 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      YAY! Let me know how you like.

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