When I made that delicious healthified version of Strawberry Pretzel Salad for Independence Day, I remembered that I really like Jello and gelatin desserts. Thing is that I don’t want the bad-for-you sweeteners and bad-for-you ingredients, so I hadn’t considered making it. But part for part of that dessert you use plain gelatin (which is very good for you) and fruity tea to make a gello to pour over the strawberries. That’s when this idea was born.
My biggest struggle was to get the amounts of ingredients right. I did a little search to find other people that made homemade gello and found some that used fruit juice. Well, that will not do for me, as I need this to be low calorie and low glycemic.
I decided to go with the Wild Berry Zinger tea from Celestial Seasonings for my flavor. When I make something, I like to make enough that I’m not going to be having to make it or something else again the next day. I started by boiling a pot of water.I placed four tea bags in a measuring cup and added four cups boiling water.Meanwhile, I put 1/4 cup cool water in a bowl, added two tablespoons of plain gelatin and stirred to soften the gelatin.
Then added 1/4 cup just-off-the-boil water to dissolve it.
When the tea is as strong as it is going to get or as strong as desired, remove the tea bags and add sweetener. I used 1/2 cup Gentle Sweet. Stir to dissolve it in the tea.
Then add the dissolved gelatin to the tea. Just pour it in and stir it to mix it all together. At this point you can pour it into individual containers. When it is cool enough, put it into the refrigerator to firm up. It will take a few hours to do so.
- 4 cups of boiled water
- 4 tea bags, desired flavor
- 1/2 Gentle Sweet or sweetener preference
- 1/4 cup cool water
- 2 Tablespoons plain gelatin
- 1/4 cup just-off-the-boil water
- Steep flavored tea bags in the 4 cups boiled water (about 15 minutes or so)
- Put 1/4 cup cool water in a small bowl
- Add 2 Tablespoons plain gelatin to cool water and stir to soften
- Add 1/4 cup just boiled water and stir to dissolve gelatin.
- Remove tea bags and add sweetener
- Stir in gelatin and cool about 15-30 minutes
- Refrigerate until set (a few hours)
This is a nice sweet snack that will help cool you off a bit during the brutal heat of summer.
What is your favorite fruit flavored tea?
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2 thoughts on “Jello: Easy, Homemade, and From Scratch”
I was wondering if I could use Stevia in this recipe or Monk Fruit sweetener. What do you think? I am following the low carb Atkins diet and wanted some jello that did not have all the junk in it. Thank you for your post and God Bless! Sandy
Yes Sandy, you could either of those sweeteners, I would think. The amount of Gentle Sweet that I use is about the sweetness of a cup of sugar, so you can use that to decide how much you should use.
I hope you enjoy it.