These lovely jellies taste soooo good and are good for you too. Kids love them with homemade ice-cream or just as they are with a simple topping of coconut yoghurt. They contain gut-healing gelatin.
Gelatin is made up of amino acids glycine and proline, and is found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals. Gelatin has been shown to improve gut health, aid digestion, strengthen skin, hair and nails, help joint recovery, improve cellulite and muscle recovery, support immune function and improve mood to name a few health benefits.
A great source of gelatin is homemade bone broth or if you don’t have bone broth on hand all the time, you could try making other dishes with gelatin. Using good quality gelatin from grass-fed sources is the best way to go. I’m using gelatin today to make homemade jelly. Keep checking in the next few weeks as I experiment and come up with some other dishes and tasty treats using gelatin.
You Will Need:
3 cups (750ml) of coconut water
5 sheets of gelatine or 1.5 tablespoons powdered grass-fed gelatine
2 cups of mixed berries (frozen or fresh). I used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackcurrants.
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (to taste)
6 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
Extra berries to top
A cheesecloth or nut milk bag
What To Do:
- Soak the gelatin sheets in ice-cold water for 10 minutes. Remove the gelatin sheets from the water, squeezing out any extra liquid. Discard the soaking water. If using powdered gelatine, skip the ice-cold water bit, and sprinkle 1.5 tablespoons of gelatine in 2 cups of coconut water and soak for 5 mins. Don’t discard.
- Place the gelatine sheets if using, in a saucepan with 2 cups of coconut water and gently heat on low until the sheets are dissolved, about 2 minutes of stirring continuously. If using powdered gelatine take your soaked gelatine and coconut water mixture and heat gently until powder is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Place the remaining cup of coconut water, maple syrup and mixed berries in a blender and blitz well.
- Strain the berry mixture through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.
- In a bowl add the berry mixture to the gelatin mixture and stir well or whisk gently to combine. Don’t blend in your blender as this creates froth on top of the jellies.
- Pour the mixture into glasses or moulds.
- Place the jellies in your refrigerator for 4 hours, or until set.
- When set, spoon the coconut yoghurt on top and scatter extra berries over the jellies, or enjoy them just as they are.
- Serves 3 in glasses or 6 in small moulds.