Post 29 of 365 Real Foods Series: Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Jello

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Jello brings back memories of summers in Maine, and family time. My grandmother always made a fruit filled Jello that was simply amazing. She would add strawberries, orange slices, and bananas to boxed Jello. I remember shoveling in dinner super fast so we could get to the Jello. 🙂

Fast forward twenty years and I am now aware conventional gelatin products in the grocery store contain dyes, artificial sweeteners, and are devoid of anything healthy. People have steered away from Jello and gelatin based products in recent years, as they are avoiding synthetic dyes and Jello is out of vogue. BUT what if I told you gelatin has amazing healthy benefits, it’s super easy to make your own, and kids sort of dig those wiggly shapes? Would you then give it a try? If so, below is my recipe for Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb (my inspiration for said recipe comes from none other than, Mama Natural – http://www.mamanatural.com/how-to-make-healthy-jello/)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Organic Juice (I used a rhubarb juice we canned two summers ago)
  • 2 TBS Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 cup chopped organic strawberries
  • 2 TBS raw, local honey

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Directions:

  • Pour two cups of rhubarb juice into medium sauce pan.
  • Add two tablespoons of gelatin.
  • Whisk together until gelatin is pretty much dissolved.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and add honey.
  • Allow to sit for a few minutes.
  • Add strawberries.
  • Mix together and pour into glass container or mold of choice.
  • Refrigerate for 3+ hours.
  • Cut from pan or use cookie cutters of choice to make fun shapes.

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There you have it! A super easy and delicious treat for summer. Jack loves this recipe. We are packing up our healthy jello shapes and taking them to a picnic this evening. 🙂

Enjoy!

Happy Homemaking,

The Joyful Homemaker

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