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Healthy Homemade ‘Jello’ Recipe

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Jello is such a fun treat, especially in the summertime, and it’s been delighting kids of all ages for generations.  But lots of kids today miss out because their (wise) parents steer clear of artificial colors, flavors, and other unpronounceable ingredients that come along with the stuff in the box.  I like to take back the classic dessert by making a Healthy Homemade ‘Jello’ Recipe from scratch in my own kitchen.  I make mine with fruit juice, and I don’t even need to add sugar.  It’s cool, jiggly, and totally healthy!

All Natural Homemade Fruit Juice 'Jello'. No more from the box jello with added sugars and artificial ingredients! www.superhealthykids.com

Basically, gelatin transforms simple fruit juice into a fabulous dessert – and you can’t beat that.  It takes all of 5 minutes to throw a batch together, and I encourage you to give it a try.  This is a perfect project for the little ones to get involved with, too — let them choose their favorite juice, sprinkle on the gelatin, and help slice the finished product into wiggly cubes.   Gelatin has a unique silky texture that will fascinate them.  This recipe sets up firm enough to be a great (and not too messy) finger food for toddlers, too.  Cut it into shapes with a cookie cutter if you like.

All Natural Homemade Fruit Juice 'Jello'. No more from the box jello with added sugars and artificial ingredients! www.superhealthykids.com

You’ll need 4 packets of Knox gelatin for each flavor you want to make.  Then you’ll need 4 cups of fruit juice.  This is where the fun comes in.  There are so many new and healthier juices out on the market these days, on my last trip to the supermarket I noticed all the major brands are offering some sort of natural variety.  Some of them are even sold fresh in the refrigerated section.  For my ‘jello’ I used Tropicana Farmstand juices.  I love the saturated colors and the fun fresh flavors.  I chose Pomegranate Blueberry and Peach Mango.  There are endless juices to choose from, but be sure to find one labeled “100% juice” for this project.  Apple, grape, pomegranate, cranberry…they’ll all work, but the only one to avoid is pineapple.  Pineapple juice contains an enzyme that prevents it from gelling.

All Natural Homemade Fruit Juice 'Jello'. No more from the box jello with added sugars and artificial ingredients! www.superhealthykids.com

Homemade ‘Jello’ is the perfect refreshing dessert for the summer months.  You can put them into a cake pan and slice it in cubes. Then pile them in small glasses, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.  Or you can pour the liquid directly into individual serving sized cups and let it set up in the fridge that way.  I like to use small mason jars…you can cap them and they’ll keep nicely for quick snacks.  These are best served chilled, because gelatin will soften as it comes to room temperature.

All Natural Homemade Fruit Juice 'Jello'. No more from the box jello with added sugars and artificial ingredients! www.superhealthykids.com


  • For stripes, make several different flavors and layer each on top of the other, letting each layer chill firm before adding the next.
  • Add in mini marshmallows, grapes, or other fresh fruit before chilling.
  • Cut the ‘Jello’ into shapes using a cookie cutter.
  • Serve in parfait glasses, layered with sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.
  • Use your grandmother’s old Jello mold for a pretty vintage presentation.

NOTE: Gelatin is an animal derived product.  If you are vegetarian or vegan and would like a substitute, try AGAR, a plant based substitute.

All Natural Homemade Fruit Juice 'Jello'. No more from the box jello with added sugars and artificial ingredients! www.superhealthykids.com

 You can find Sue over at The View from Great Island, where she’s busy cooking up all kinds of fun in her kitchen.  Follow along with her on Facebook, too!

Healthy Homemade Jello

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Homemade Jello
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 59kcal


  • 2 cup apple juice
  • 2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons gelatin, dry powder, unsweetened


  • Pour 2 cups of the juice into a bowl.  Sprinkle the gelatin over the entire surface of the juice and let sit for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Heat the remaining 2 cups of juice until it comes to a boil.
  • Pour the hot juice into the bowl and stir to combine and to dissolve the gelatin.
  • Pour into a 9x 12 baking pan.  Refrigerate until firm, at least several hours.
  • Slice into cubes and serve plain, or with whipped cream.
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Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 11g
Healthy Homemade ‘Jello’ Recipe


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Hi, Sue! I was looking for ways to make “healthy jello” and it landed me here. So glad I found your article! Can I pour the mixture directly into molds? I recently bought a Lego mold and I was hoping to make treats for my son using your recipe. Thanks in advance!

You can do that, Kat, it should work just like regular jello. The only difference with the all natural jello is that it tends to be a little softer than the boxed stuff. And you need to keep it chilled. Good luck!

Hi! If I wanted to make the recipe more like a “gummy lolly” rather than typical “jello” would I just double the amount of gelatin while leaving the juice quantities the same??

We love agar powder but organic grass-fed gelatin is pretty good, too, for protein. Totally reasonable if you shop well known vitamin sources. Good idea, it’s been awhile since we’ve made some cool jello cubes!

We love Jello, but hate all the bad stuff that’s in the boxed brands. Do you suppose this could be made using flavored waters instead of the juices?

I am a vegetarian and just recently purchased some agar powder to make another dish. Would I use the same amount of agar powder as the gelatin called for in the recipe?

How much gelatin is used? The Knox box says 1 pouch for 2 cups of liquid. What dose doubling the amount of gelatin for this recipe do?

The recipe says 4 packets (1 tbsp.). However when you buy the box that contains 4 packets of the Knox gelatin it measures out to more than a tablespoon. How much gelatin should be used?

I prefer to use grass-fed Gelatin from Perfect Supplements because it is all natural and high in protein and gut healing benefits to make jellos. Great recipe here I will have to try, thanks!

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(4 envelope (1 tbsp) gelatin, dry powder, unsweetened) …. I couldn’t understand this. Do you main we wil use all the amount .

Hi Darin, thanks for pointing this out! You should actually use 2 tablespoons of gelatin to 4 cups of juice. I updated the recipe to include the correct amounts.

Have you ever tried making this with fresh juice? I’m rather intrigued by ways to use whole lemons or oranges that are pureed including the peel.

Delicious and so easy. My kids love Jell-O, but we don’t do artificial colors. I had apple and white grape juice on hand and it’s great. The kids gobbled up their squares and asked for more. I’m thinking cherry juice next time. Thanks for the reminder that homemade doesn’t always mean time consuming.

You’ll be glad to know pineapple juice works fine and that’s because it’s been cooked. I like it mixed with ? milk.

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Hello. I have what may seem an odd question. I have a friend who loves jello but prefers a less sweet and strong flavor. Wants to Mello it out a bit.
We wonder could you follow the recipe on a normal box of Jello, i.e. but into the bowl or pan you intend it to be in could you put the 2c. Hot water and flavored Jello mix, then, in a separate bowl place a packet of Knox gelatin and 2c cold water and let it bloom. After it blooms add it to the pan with 4 cups of hotish water and mix well and refridgerate. So the flavor is cut in half? Really want to figure this out.
Thank you for any advice. Knox is what we have. No grass fed beef etc gelatin. Sorry.

I am trying to find a recipe which my mum used to make christmas jellies for as gifts for adults. They were red and green squares.
I found a recipe using creme de menthe but cant find a recipe for the red jellies could I use your recipe and add red wine and pomegrante juice? Do you think it would work?

I’ve used pineapple juice with no problem and it’s delicious. I added bananas and mandarin oranges. If a juice is a little strong for you, you can also add water. I like to add sparkling water, even flavored! The possibilities are endless!!

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Natalie, this Healthy Jello came out perfect and there are so many possibilities to it. I just had one and remembered to leave a comment. So thank you for your work in creating this page so that we could make a very simple and much healthier snack!

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My kids loved this jello! Could this recipe be altered to make like a fruit snack(gummy bear) consistency?

That would most certainly work- but we haven’t tried it with this recipe. Let us know if you try it out!