I’m a sucker for Jello. It’s got to be a texture thing. There’s nothing else quite like it. Remember Knox Blocks? Those super-gelatinous cubes of jello that were so stiff you could shake them? One of my favorites. It’s gotta’ be the kid in me.
What I don’t love, though, is all the artificial sweeteners. Or the sugar. Enter unflavored gelatin….you can do so many fun things with it. I use it to stabilize sugar-free frostings, for desserts, and it even creates a lighter texture in homemade ice cream.
Here, I’ve made an anti-oxidant rich whipped gelatin that’s completely fruit sweetened. And it only has 4 ingredients. This isn’t your ordinary jello – it’s light, airy, and melts in your mouth.
Joe gave it the thumbs up, too. When I asked him if he liked it he looked at me trying to hide his smile and said, “I ate the whole bowl, didn’t I?”
Use any pasteurized no sugar added apple juice you like. I use Central Market’s Organic Apple Juice – it’s fresh pressed, not from concentrate, unfiltered and almost has a cider tang. Apples contain a high amount of pesticides, so I always buy organic.
This recipe is from my book. (Have you bought a copy yet? If not, you really should!) I don’t have the stomach for heavy-duty recipe development right now and got a huge craving for this dessert as I was walking through the grocery store. I decided to go ahead and share this one with you.
I topped my gelatin with stevia sweetened whipped cream. If you want to keep it dairy-free, try my raw cashew cream. (I can’t stand cashews right now…bizarre pregnancy food aversions.)
Do you have a gelatin recipe you love? Share it in the comments. Feel free to leave a link, too.
A nutrition-packed dessert that is completely fruit-sweetened.
- 2 cups organic apple juice, divided
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 1 large ripe banana, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup frozen blueberries, not thawed
- Put 1/2 cup apple juice and the gelatin in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, stir, then microwave for20 seconds longer. Repeat if the gelatin isn’t completely melted. Set aside to cool.
- Put the banana, blueberries, and 1 cup apple juice in a blender. Start on low speed and increase to medium until the mixture is pureed.
- With the blender running, add the gelatin mixture and the remaining ½ cup apple juice.
- Transfer to a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes until the gelatin is the consistency of a milk shake. If the mixture sets completely, you won’t be able to whip it.
- Using a handheld mixer, beat the mixture until it doubles in volume.
- Transfer to serving dishes or a gelatin mold. Refrigerate until set. Serve with your choice of toppings.
If you have a Vita-Mix or other brand of high-powered blender, you can add the gelatin mixture and final 1/2 cup of apple juice, increase the speed to high and the gelatin will whip right in the blender. No need to refrigerate and whip 30 minutes later. Easy-peasy! Thank you, Kelly from The Spunky Coconut for sharing this with me!