Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there’s nothing I love more than food-based tokens of affection. These heart shaped gummies may be cute, but they pack quite a punch in the love-your-guts sort of way.
I’ve been itching to share with you some recipes using gelatin because it’s a wonderful source of amino acids, which are essential for both gut and brain health.
Is gelatin like JELL-O?
Yes! Exactly! And also no, not quite.
Gelatin is a yellowish, odorless powder derived from animal collagen. It’s commonly used in products that “gel” such as fruit candies, jellies, marshmallows, and JELL-O. Yes, JELL-O packets contain gelatin, which is the ingredient that magically transforms your colored liquid into a jiggly treat when refrigerated. JELL-O packets, however, also contain high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and artificial coloring and flavoring. Because gelatin is such a nutrient-dense food I set out to create a nourishing gummy snack flavored with real fruit and sweetened with honey so we can all enjoy a sweet little jiggle.
This recipe is quite simple and very easy to alter to suit your personal taste. You’ll simply need one and a quarter cups of fruit puree or juice, 1/4 cup of gelatin (I use this brand), and some honey to sweeten. I found these sweet heart-shaped molds, but you can use a basic ice cube tray for individual gummies or a large, shallow dish and cut the finished product into individual servings with a knife.
These protein-rich gummies are perfect for kids or individuals that don’t eat much animal protein – most people don’t even realize that gelatin comes from beef! I hope you’ll have some fun with this recipe and let me know if you try any delicious flavor combinations!
Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup blood orange juice (about 2 oranges)
- 2 Tbsp. raw honey
- 1/4 cup beef gelatin
- Place strawberries and blood orange juice in a blender or food processor and puree.
- Place strawberry-orange puree in a medium saucepan along with honey and gelatin. Whisk to combine. Do not turn on the heat until the gelatin is throughly combined or it will cause clumping.
- Heat the pan over medium-low heat and continue to whisk until the mixture is warm and thinned; about 3 minutes.
- Pour mixture into a mold of your choice and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set. Have fun with your mold – use silicone trays shaped like hearts, stars, or whatever you can find. If you prefer, you can use a shallow glass or ceramic dish and slice your own shapes when gelled.