Homemade Strawberry Jello Recipe (Made With Real Fruit)

Heather Dessinger

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Jars of homemade strawberry jello on counter

You know what I expect to see in strawberry recipes? Actual strawberries, which unfortunately you won’t find in boxed strawberry jello mix. That’s why I love this homemade strawberry jello recipe, which is made with real strawberries and wholesome ingredients like honey, lemon juice and gelatin, which supports youthful skin, healthy digestion and restful sleep.

Of course, there are a few other ingredients used in the boxed stuff that you won’t find in my recipe – congealed red #40 and artificial flavors, for example – but I think we can both agree that we won’t miss them.

Wiggly and jiggly and full of flavor that kids love, jello is a healthy snack option that’s easy to pack and eat on-the-go. We make several versions that have become a staple at many backyard bbqs, potlucks and picnic . . . and now I’m adding this one!

Oh and the best part? It’s super easy.

How to Make Strawberry Jello

Kind of like this chia seed strawberry jam, making homemade strawberry jello is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Puree strawberries, water, honey, and lemon juice. Mix the gelatin with a little bit of the puree.
  2. Heat puree and stir in gelatin mixture.
  3. Chill!

See what I mean by easy?

Jars of homemade strawberry jello on counter
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Homemade Strawberry Jello Recipe

If you love jello but not the congealed red #40 & artificial flavorings found in boxed versions, you’re going to love this healthy strawberry jello recipe.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 15 squares
Calories 32kcal
Author Heather Dessinger


  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (previously frozen will also work as long as the strawberries are partially thawed)
  • ¾ cup room temperature water
  • 5 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • tsp grass-fed gelatin
  • a few drops of natural red food coloring (optional – I like this brand)


  • Place the strawberries, water, honey, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Scoop out 1/4 cup of the puree and place it in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the bowl and mix it with the puree until well-combined.
  • While the gelatin is blooming, place the remaining puree in a small pot and heat over medium high heat. When the puree is hot but not yet boiling, remove it from heat.
  • Immediately add the bloomed gelatin and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide the jello mixture between 3-4 small glass jars. I use either 4 ounce mason jars or 7 ounce tulip jars.
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or until the strawberry jello has set.


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg


Can I use other types of fresh fruit? 

Yes, raspberries and blueberries will also work. However, they’re not usually as sweet as strawberries so you may want to add 1-2 tablespoons of extra honey.

I made this recipe and it won’t thicken. What went wrong?

There are two types of grass-fed gelatin – regular gelatin and collagen hydrolysate, which is sometimes called collagen peptides. You need to use regular gelatin like this one and not the hydrolysate form which does not gel.

Where can I find the jars shown in your photos? 

You can find them on Amazon.

Want more strawberry-inspired easy recipes ?

4 Ingredient Strawberry Popsicles – These popsicles are made with a base of lightly sweetened yogurt and a hint of mint. They’re delicious, easy to make, and pretty too!

Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits – These biscuits are so simple and delicious! If strawberries aren’t in season, the post includes suggestions for different fruits that go well with this recipe.

Strawberry Muffins – These muffins incorporate ruby red strawberries and a crunchy, crumbly streusel topping.

Strawberry Crisp – With a scrumptious crispy topping layered over a juicy, thick strawberry filling, this gluten-free crisp is both easy and delicious.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.