The following is a guest post from Kate Doubler who blogs over at Real Food RN. If you haven’t seen her blog, I recommend going to take a look! She really amps up the nutrient density and, as a nurse, she truly wants to help people heal their bodies through diet and lifestyle changes.
I grew up eating Bill Cosby’s Jello cups that were pretty much made of sugar, corn derivatives and artificial coloring… but there was always room for more! There is no denying they were tasty and oh so easy for my parents to provide for snack time. If only there were a way to recreate them, but with health giving benefits and no artificial ingredients. Well, I decided to come up with that recipe on my own, mostly because I wanted to make snack time easier for myself, being the busy working Mom that I am!
This recipe also includes added vitamins, minerals and probiotics which makes them a great food to consume when your little one is under the weather. They are lunch box friendly and ready to go for back-to-school!
Homemade Jello Fruit Cups
This recipe makes 6 8 oz. gelatin cups
- 3/4 cup organic juice of your choice (vitamins)
- ½ cup kombucha (probiotics & B vitamins)
- ¼ cup lemon juice (vitamin C)
- Pinch sea salt (trace minerals) (where to buy)
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1 Tbsp gelatin (protein) (where to buy)
- 1 cup fresh fruit cup up into bite-sized chunks. You can also use frozen fruit.
- Divide fruit evenly between 6 small glass containers. (Note from Homemade Mommy: You can use 8 oz. jelly jars or these great glass snack containers that I use)
- Pour juice, kombucha, sea salt and lemon juice into a medium bowl.
- In a mason jar add 1/3 cup cold water and 1 Tbsp gelatin, stir until combined. It will thicken.
- Next, add the 1/3 cup hot water to the jar and stir. This will thin it out.
- Pour contents of jar into the juice mixture. Stir and pour into individual gelatin cup.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before eating.
These homemade jello fruit cups will last up to one week in the fridge and work great in school lunches or as a dessert, topped with fresh real whipped cream or coconut whipped cream. Whip the old fashioned way in a mixer or simply pour chilled raw cream or dairy-free coconut cream into this handy whipper and spray!
My kid’s favorite flavor combinations (get more ideas here: amazing kombucha flavors your kids will love):
- Orange juice, mango kombucha, orange segments
- Blackberry juice, gingerberry kombucha, blueberries
- Tart cherry juice, strawberry kombucha, raspberries (very berry!)
- Mango juice, mango kombucha, mango chunks
- Peach juice, mango kombucha, peach chunks
Kate is the author behind the blog Real Food RN. A busy working mom of two young children, she manages to balance working as a Nurse in the Critical Care Float Pool, counseling clients in her nutrition business and finding time to write about real food. She loves experimenting in her kitchen and coming up with all sorts of new and creative real food recipes with the hopes of bettering the health of her family and anyone who follows her blog. She wholeheartedly believes that prevention is the best medicine.