Monday, June 27, 2011


For awhile now I have been looking for jell-o recipe that didn't involve harmful additives, dyes, and animal hooves / hair / other "scrap" parts. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon Rebecca Wood's The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, a book that has become my new favorite and is a must have. I began reading through it and, wa-la!, a recipe for jell-o that is even better than the branded version. It also boasts extraordinary health benefits.

 The ingredient that makes it gelatinous, agar, is packed with fiber that soothes the digestive tract [great for inflammation] and chelates [or eliminates] toxic pollutants from the body. It is a great infant food [use fruit juices your baby has already tried and you have fun finger food!] and is rich in minerals. To top it off, this recipe contains no added sugar as it relies on the sweetness of the juice and fruit!

Recipe from Rebecca Wood's Better Than Jell-O Dessert [p. 3]

4 c. apple juice or any other juice you prefer
2 tsp. agar powder [or 4 tsp. granular agar, or 5 tbsp. kanten flakes]
2 c. diced apples, pears, or fruit of choice

Place the juice, agar, and fruit in a medium saucepan. Do not cover. Bring to a boil and watch closely to prevent boiling over. Reduce the heat, stir to blend, and simmer for 3 - 5 minutes, or until the fruit softens to desired texture. Pour into individual serving dishes [I use silicon muffin cups or, for a fun alternative, hollowed out halved fruit peels set in a muffin tin] and allow to set on counter for 30 minutes [or in refrigerator for 15 minutes].

Makes 6 cups.


Jen said...

Tina, this is fantastic! My kiddos have never had jello or anything even remotely similar because I've never come across anything so simple and without the nasty ingredients. I think they are going to be pleasantly surprised with this exciting snack! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Velthouse said...

Love it! Thanks for posting. Now the question is: where do I find the a- powder? Off to Trader Joe's, perhaps?


Lisa - I bet Trader Joe's would have the agar, or Whole Foods. If you were by us Country Life has it in bulk. Okay, that was my not-so-subtle ploy to get you back this way! Don't you think agar is enough to warrant another move??? ;)