I’m sure we all have fond memories loving Jello as kids, in all of its juicy, jiggly, super bright goodness.
Now that I know a little better what goes into those boxes of Jello powder (like sugar + dyes), I’m not so eager to make it for my kids. That is until I learned more about the benefits of gelatin and how to make homemade jello from fruit juice and grass-fed gelatin.
This real-food strawberry jello is even more delicious and good for you since it uses the whole fruit instead of just the juice. The result is an extra flavorful jello with a thicker texture like a jiggler. Cut into shapes or enjoy just as bars. This is jello that’s fun for kids and grown-ups alike!
Strawberry Jello: Accept No Substitutions
I know sometimes “healthy living” sounds like “no fun,” but here’s a secret: sometimes the healthy version of a recipe is MORE DELICIOUS than the original.
That is the case with this fresh strawberry jello recipe, which (gasp!) actually contains strawberries.
In case you thought the stuff from the store did as well, here’s how the ingredient list for store-bought strawberry jello reads:
Sugar, gelatin, adipic acid, contains less than 2% of artificial flavor, disodium phosphate, and sodium citrate, fumaric acid, red 40.
There’s one ingredient in that list they do have right (gelatin), but I can do without the rest!
How to Make Strawberry Jello
Kind of like homemade strawberry jam, making homemade strawberry jello is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Heat and puree strawberries.
- Pour in gelatin with water, honey, and (optional) fresh mint.
How easy is that!
Make sure to use a high quality gelatin powder from grass-fed animals like this one.
What’s your favorite way to make real fruit jello?
Strawberry Jello Jigglers Recipe
- Wash the strawberries and remove the stems.
- Halve them and place them in a medium size pot on the stove.
- Add the honey, water, and mint if using.
- Put a lid on the pot, turn on heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes.
- Remove the mint leaves and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
- Use a blender or an immersion blender to puree the fruit mixture.
- Strain out the seeds using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
- Pour the juice into a liquid measure and add water if necessary to make 2 cups.
- Return the puree to the pot.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the puree and let it sit for 1 minute.
- Whisk the puree/gelatin mixture and let it sit for 2 more minutes.
- Turn on the stove to low and heat the mixture, whisking occasionally, until all the gelatin is dissolved and the puree is heated through.
- Pour into a 6x8 glass pan or silicone molds.
- Refrigerate 4 hours or until set and chilled.
- Cut or pop out of molds and enjoy!