Packaged in reusable containers, these homemade jello cups are a great addition to school lunches or after school snacks. It’s made from whole food ingredients and is an easy way to get more fresh fruit into your kiddos. The great part? You can use whatever fruit you have easy access to!
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Kids love the jiggly, wiggly nature of gelatin but the ready-made Jell-O cups come with that doggone disposable plastic packaging and some ingredients you might be trying to shy away from.
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You’ll only need a few ingredients to make these easy fruit jello cups, but you’ll need to plan ahead a little bit. It will take the gelatin several hours in the fridge to firm up.
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Fruit — Any sort of soft fruit will work: Strawberries, Peaches, Blueberries, Watermelon…any fruit that will easily liquefy in a blender is fair game. The images you see here include strawberry, watermelon, and peach gelatin. If you can your own fruit, YES, you can use those. You can also choose your favorite 100% juice and use that in place of the fruit.
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Sweetener — This can be an optional ingredient. Use it if you feel like the fruit isn’t sweet enough on its own; skip it if it’s not needed. Use your favorite brand of granulated cane sugar (I prefer organic) or try it with honey.
Gelatin — Use the off-the-shelf Knox brand gelatin or opt for a higher grade grass-fed gelatin. This is the ingredient that gels the fruit. It is NOT vegetarian. Agar agar is usually used as a gelatin substitute but I haven’t tried this recipe using that method. If you do, please chime in and let us know how it goes.
Making the Gelatin
Start by preparing the fruit. Cut it into chunks and process in a blender or food process until it’s liquified. Transfer fruit puree to a small mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the surface to soften.
Bring one cup of water to a boil and whisk it into the fruit mixture, breaking up any lumps. Transfer to desired containers. Opt for lidded containers if you want these homemade jello cups to be portable, or just divide into small custard cups if you’ll eat them at home.
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Homemade jello is incredibly easy to make, has ingredients you can feel great about, and with a little "outside the box" thinking, you can still enjoy the convenience of taking it with you--without using plastic.
- 1 tablespoon gelatin
- 2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar or honey (optional)
- 1 cup water (boiling)
- To make puree, process soft fruit in a high powered blender along with the optional sweetener if you're using that.
- Measure one cup of puree into a mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin on top of it.
- Bring water to a boil and pour it over the bowl of pureed fruit and gelatin. Whisk until there are no clumps and the gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Transfer to desired containers and set in the refrigerator to chill (2-4 hours).
- This homemade jello will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Any sort of soft fruit will work: Strawberries, Peaches, Blueberries, Watermelon...any fruit that will easily liquefy in a blender is fair game. The images you see here include strawberry, watermelon, and peach gelatin. If you can your own fruit, YES, you can use those. You can also choose your favorite 100% juice and use that in place of the fruit.
Use the off-the-shelf Knox brand gelatin or opt for a higher grade grass-fed gelatin. This is the ingredient that gels the fruit. It is NOT vegetarian. Agar agar is usually used as a gelatin substitute but I haven't tried this recipe using that method. If you do, please chime in and let us know how it goes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 3gSugar: 2g
Mine turned to liquid in the lunch box…
Were they kept cool??
So delicious and easy to make!
A fun dessert.
This really is so easy and what great containers!
Home made Jello sounds and looks so delicious!
Just whipped this up for a mid morning snack- so EASY!!! Thank you!
I’m happy you enjoyed it!
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What an awesome giveaway! I have been wanting to try this for ages!!!
Never mind, sorry! I missed it in your last sentence! Thank you.
hi, thanks for the recipe! I’ve been looking for something like this! Could you use juice for the berries? My son doesn’t do ” chunks” or “seeds!” I’d love to get some gelatin into him to help with skin and gut issues!
DIY jello is better in every way!