Jello salad in the summer time. Jello cups. Jello cheesecake. Pinapple fluff. Jello cake. Layered jello, O my! There is no shortage of jello recipes out there and no doubt most of us grew up eating it in one form or another. Most of these recipes are very high in processed sugar and processed ingredients. Not to mention synthetic dyes and flavorings. But not this one! It's time to make a healthy jello that you can feel good about serving to your friends and family!
When I was growing up, every Christmas and Thanksgiving at Grandma's house wasn't complete without her famous Cranberry Molded Jello Salad. We never had cranberry sauce out of a can unless we happened to be some where else.
Grandma's jello salad had walnuts, orange zest, whole cranberries and whole LOT of sugar. It was made with the traditional jello brand of jello and so it naturally came with all the red dye and processed sugar -maybe even corn syrup solids - that they are made with.
As years passed, I came to realize that not only was most of that just plain not good for the body but that I also had - have- a sugar allergy. Not fun, I know. It really puts a damper on dessert time. Aside from that being what motivated me to come up with some of our favorite tea blends (Pacific Peppermint Patty ....think Junior Mints/Thin mints!) it also continues to motivate me to find ways around processed sugar, so that there can still be a treat every once in a while.
In an effort to recreate Grandma's famous jello salad I had to start with the base - the jello! This is installment one of that project, because later on I'm going to share with you all, Grandma's famous recipe! Recreated of course :)
Not only does this bring back yummy memories for me but I feel better feeding this to my children because its so much healthier!
The flavor and coloring come from all natural, organic herbal tea. Herbs have their own sources of goodness which they impart to this jello, so I know our farm children are getting the very best. The processed sugar is replaced with organic maple syrup which is easier on the body to digest and doesn't cause the sugar high of processed sugar. Gelatin can be very helpful for gut health and for hair as well as nails. Gelatin from grass-fed/pastured animals would be best and we would recommend Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin but Knox Gelatin works well too.
It's time to give those family gatherings and summer potlucks a bit of a healthy make over with this herbal jello!
What kind of jello did you eat growing up? Leave us a note in the comments! Also if you make this version let us know, we would love to know what your creativity served up and what friends and family thought!
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.