I love a good gut friendly gummy recipe (like this one by Jordie Pie), but…. often the kids would rather a “regular jelly” texture that’s less firm. So let’s give it to them AND make it gut friendly 😉 No funky numbers and crazy amounts of sugar in sight.
Of course, this jelly doesn’t have as much of the gut-supportive ingredient – organic gelatin powder because it has double the water that ‘gummies’ do, but it’s still there and frankly, my kids eat so much more of this jelly than gummies, so it kinda works out similar in terms of gut supportive health benefits.
You can adjust this to any fruit you like, and as much or as little sweetener as you think is needed to get your kids over the line. Beware though – it’s actually easy to add *too much* maple syrup to jelly and have it taste funky.
In fact, I made this jelly yesterday as per the recipe, and my 8yo nephew who lives on boxed cereal, white bread and Chicken Crimpies, loved it, asked for it multiple times while he was here even drove away eating another bowl of it! He asked me to give the recipe to his dad.
Feel good allowing your kids to eat jelly at breakfast, for dessert or even for an after school snack!
1. Into a medium saucepan, add the gelatin and 1 cup water. Stir until the gelatin has absorbed the water and it's quite thick and fluffy.
2. Add the rest of the water and the frozen berries and cook on a low to medium heat until the gelatin has dissolved and the fruit has imparted it's colour into the water. I feel it's best not to allow it to boil. Just a low simmer is great.
3. Remove from the heat and push it through a fine sieve with the back of a spoon. You can use the leftover fruit pulp in a smoothie or alternatively you can blend it up with the jelly but just be aware that the texture and consistency will be different to what most kids are used to, and it might not fly under the radar. Blending the jelly can also make the jelly 'airy'.
4. Add your lemon juice and maple syrup and stir though. Taste the mixture and see if you need to add more of either.
5. Pour into the moulds or bowl of your choice and pop it in the fridge to set.
Laini is a mum of 5 and creator of STACKD Wholefood Blends, The Wholefood Collective + The No Fuss Nourished Method. She's coached tens of thousands of people on how to feel amazing using nutrition. She has a particular love for helping parents learn how to nourish their children and themselves without losing their marbles. Unconventional smoothies are Laini's obsession, and she's even developed a range of organic wholefood booster blends that target particular health goals and deliver maximum goodness in one complete and balanced meal. When she's not with her own family or coaching other families, you'll probably find her at the beach soaking up the sun and getting some much needed solitude.
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