Kids love jello, especially when they get to help make and cut it into fun shapes. But since regular packaged Jello is full of artificial flavors and petroleum-based (eww!) food dyes which have been shown to increase hyperactivity in some children, better to make a natural version rather than rely on the boxed kind.
I made this Strawberry Lime Jello with a few of my favorite kiddos the other day. We all had a blast, and us moms took comfort in knowing the food our kids ate was safe and healthy.
Below is the recipe. You can easily make this with any fruit juice or fruit puree you like.
Natural Strawberry Jello
Serves: 16 servings
- 3 cups organic limeade or lemonade
- 2 cups ripe strawberry slices
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 4 packets unflavored gelatin
- 1. In a medium sized pot, cook the strawberries, sugar, and water over medium heat until bubbling. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender (or wait until cool and blend in a regular blender).
- 2. Add 2 cups limeade to the pot and cook until just barely boiling. Remove from heat.
- 3. Stir all 4 packets of gelatin into the remaining cold cup of limeade and let sit one minute.
- 4. Pour all of the liquid in the pot plus the cold limeade/gelatin mixture into a 13x9 baking dish and whisk together until gelatin is dissolved.
- 5. Place dish in fridge for 3-4 hours or until completely firm.
- 6. Cut into squares, or use cookie cutters to create desired shapes, and serve.
Lori @ RecipeGirlMay 31, 2013 at 7:28 am
What a great recipe to share- I’ve never thought to make Jello without that JELLO package! Looking forward to meeting you at BlogHerFood!
AmeliaMay 31, 2013 at 7:29 am
Thanks Lori! Look forward to meeting you too!
Paula C. WilkesJune 7, 2013 at 12:55 am
This is a great recipe for kids. In a simple way, kids can also learn how to make recipes in the kitchen. Thanks Amelia!
KarenJune 28, 2013 at 3:41 am
I would like to make this for my Grandson who will be 1 year old on July 24th. Do you think he is too young to eat this?
AmeliaJune 28, 2013 at 10:44 am
There’s no reason a one year old can’t enjoy a treat like this on occasion! I wouldn’t recommending giving sugary foods very often, but as a treat i would be fine. Enjoy 🙂
Beth Glancy KelseyNovember 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm
My granddaughter is allergic to red dye 40 . I need a recipe to make the equivalent of 8cups of strawberry jello – regular not the firm kind. HELP PLEASE!!!
Beth Glancy KelseyNovember 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm
My granddaughter is allergic to red dye 40 . I need a recipe to make the equivalent of 4 cups of regular strawberry jello – not the xtra firm kind. HELP PLEASE!!! It is for a Thanks Giving salad we have served for over 40 yrs. Appreciate the help.