Kefir & Fruit Gelatin Dessert

There is always room for jello, especially when it's made from scratch using healthy ingredients. It is so easy to make your own and so much better for you and your family.

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In my house, there is always room for jello, especially when it’s made from scratch using healthy ingredients. I came up with my Kefir Gelatin Dessert when experimenting with making gummies. We do not use the jello box mixes… ever!

Here is a list of the ingredients in boxed jello:

JELLO INGREDIENTS: Gelatin, Adipic Acid  (for Tartness), Disodium Phosphate  (Control Acidity), Maltodextrin  (from Corn), Cranberry Juice Solids, Fumaric Acid  (for Tartness), Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor, Aspartame  (Phenylketonurics ContainsPhenylalanine), and Acesulfame Potassium  (Sweeteners), Salt, Blue 1, Red 40 (source)

I really don’t need to be feeding this list of ingredients to my children, especially when it is so easy to make your own! I have made many gelatin desserts in the past using the boxed stuff and also made the pretty layered jello desserts using milk.

I am from Minnesota, after all, and here, we are known for hot dishes and jello salads. Just check out this page on Minnesota Culture. So, I decided to make my own version of the Minnesota layered gelatin dessert using my homemade kefir. I hope you enjoy it! It is layered yellow and white. I only did two layers to save time, but you can do a whole rainbow of colors by simply using different fruit juices and repeating them.

Kefir & Fruit Gelatin Dessert | Real Food RN

Kefir & Fruit Gelatin Dessert

There is always room for jello, especially when it's made from scratch using healthy ingredients. It is so easy to make your own and so much better for you and your family.

Ingredients

  • Layer One - the white kefir layer:
  • 2 cups of kefir (I make my own from raw milk)
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup cool water
  • ¼ cup hot (almost boiling) water
  • 2 TBSP of gelatin powder (use coupon code REALFOOD10 for 10% off your entire order!)
  • 2 TBSP raw honey
  • Layer Two - the fruit juice layer:
  • 2 cups of fruit juice (I used mango for this recipe)
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup cool water
  • ¼ cup hot (almost boiling) water
  • 2 tablespoons of Gelatin Powder

Instructions

    For the first white layer:

    1. Pour 1 cup water, 2 cups kefir, and honey into a mixing bowl.
    2. Pour the 1/4 cup cool water into a mixing cup and add the gelatin powder.
    3. Stir briskly until mixed, it will start to thicken.
    4. Add the 1/4 cup of really hot water and stir to mix, it will thin out.
    5. Combine this with kefir and water in the mixing bowl and whisk everything together well.
    6. Pour into a greased jelly-roll pan (I greased the pan with coconut oil).
    7. Put in the fridge, covered, for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.

    For the second juice layer:

    1. Pour 1 cup water and 2 cups juice into a mixing bowl.
    2. Pour the 1/4 cup cool water into a mixing cup and add the gelatin powder.
    3. Stir briskly until mixed, it will start to thicken.
    4. Add the 1/4 cup of really hot water and stir to mix, it will thin out.
    5. Combine this with juice and water in the mixing bowl and whisk everything together well.
    6. Pour on top of the kefir layer in the jelly-roll pan.

    7. Put in the fridge, covered, for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.
    8. Then cut into cubes or use cookie cutters to make cute shapes.
    9. My kids just love these!!!

Notes

Learn how to make your own homemade kefir here.

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  2. Thanks so much for posting this. I don’t know why but I have an irrational fear of gelatin powder that I’m trying to get over. I’ve gone so far as to buy it and it’s in my cupboard but I’ve been scared! Your recipe here makes it seem doable so I’m going to try one layer at a time! Wish me luck!
    Tina

  3. This recipe seems great! but as far as I know, the probiotics inside the kefir will be killed by heat… is there any way that this can be done with a twist without using heat on the kefir?

    1. You really need the water to be hot to dissolve the gelatin. You could dissolve the gelatin and allow it to cool a bit before adding it to the kefir. But it will start to gel over time

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