Last week I was experimenting with my new batch of Vital Protein Gelatin in an attempt to make uber-nutritious jello and/or gummies. Stephanie and I have been on a mission to master a great recipe using immune boosting collagen/gelatin that could be used not only for everyday health but to also be part of our immune arsenal to ward off colds in the winter.
Most gelatin products you’ll find in the grocery stores not only use poor quality gelatin but are filled with added sugar, artificial sweeteners, food dyes and other chemicals. On the other hand, quality well-sourced gelatin is packed with an amazing protein source that can benefit not just your immunity but your skin, hair, nails, bones, anddigestive system. A simple homemade “clean” recipe using upgraded gelatin was what we were looking for (you can read more about the healing benefits of gelatin/collagen HERE).
Anyhow, I followed a recipe I found on the internet for raspberry jello. It sounded good. Coconut milk, fresh raspberries, honey, and gelatin. No fail, right? I’m not sure what went wrong, but they just tasted awful. And I had a tough time getting them out of the dish. I dumped the remains into a bowl and forged ahead with another batch.
Little did I know that in the brief amount of time I stepped away from the kitchen, my lovely partner Marc snapped a photo and posted my disaster on facebook, with the title “life with a nutritionist.” No one knew WHAT it was . . . spam? bologna? kosher salami? Everyone was cracking up.
I had to redeem myself. Back to the drawing board, I found another recipe that I adapted which called for fresh lemon juice and frozen berries. Thankfully, I hit upon a winner. Not only that, the lemon juice added an extra immune booster (vitamin C) in addition to some raw honey. They were so good I made another batch using a combo of mango and pineapple instead of the berries. By the way you can order really fun silicon molds on Amazon in all shapes and sizes, like these. You can try them yourself by following the recipe below:
Lemon Raspberry Gummies
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries
- 3-4 tablespoons raw honey
- 4 tablespoons gelatin (use THIS brand)
Blend together lemon juice and frozen fruit. Pour into a saucepan and begin heating. Add the honey and gelatin and stir constantly with a whisk, letting the mixture simmer (not boil) until it thins out (about 5-6 minutes). Remove from pan and pour into silicon molds. Place in fridge for about 2 hours to harden.
Moral of the story? If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!