I have been anxious to supplement my diet with gelatin. I know I should be consuming bone broth instead, (whole food=better for you). That fact is this though- I used to really like jello when I was a kid. It was such a treat when I found it in the fridge, especially if there were little bits of canned fruit in it! I seriously could have been my own commercial. Of course as I got older, I replaced the fruit in my jello for something a little more adult…but I digress.
I have seen in some spots where it is recommended to put the gelatin in a bit of water and down it to supplement. That would work for me for a bit but I really need something more. I need it razzled dazzled so I’m rounding up some possible kitchen experiments:
- Homemade Marshmallows– I’m so all over this. Coupled with some delicious Hot Cocoa– I’m going to look like a genius
- Healthy Jello– A Classic
- Gelatin Jigglers– these give the appearance of gummy candies- I really do miss gummy candies…
- Panna Cotta– I don’t know if I’m this fancy, but this should be noted for good measure
- Crustless No-Bake Cheesecake: Who can say no to cheesecake? With strawberries? No one, that’s who.
- Silky Banana Bread Bites: Another spin on B-Bread. I’m all in.
- Banana Pudding: With Vanilla Wafers and a cafecito please.
- Easy Chocolate Gelatin Pudding
The previous list looks more like a dessert menu which is not the worst thing in the world because I’ve committed to only eating desserts made by hand, so I like having options.
Let’s try another list of possible sources:
- Homemade Bone Broth – this gets the gold star
- Head Cheese
- Crockpot Caribbean Oxtails– I’ve not been bold enough to attempt cooking oxtails but this recipe is promising!
Why am I so interested in gelatin?
Natural News has a brief article that describes how wonderfully therapeutic , gelatin is. Some of its benefits include:
- supporting digestion- it binds with food and moves it through the digestive system
- heals the gut lining thereby reducing food allergies
- contains glycine to assistthe liver in removing toxins (note: a healthy body produces it’s own glycine) and increases sleep quality
- contains lysine which helps the body absorb calcium and plays a role in the formation of collagen (think skin, connective tissue, etc.)
So what did I end up trying first? A variation on kombucha/kevita gummies…
The trick with cooking, at least for me, is I actually have to feel like it. Then, I have to have products on hand, which tends to be a road block. But I was bent. I was making something with gelatin in it no matter what.
Here’s what I had on hand:
1/2c Kevita probiotic coconut drink
3/4 c unsweetened applesauce
I put the applesauce on low heat and added the juice of 2 lemons. I stirred in the gelatin until well blended then took it off the heat. When it was about room temperature I added the kevita. It fizzed up a bit which was kind of alarming but I just went with it. I poured into a small, greased (with coconut oil) casserole dish and put it in the fridge until it set.
So these aren’t bad. Here’s what I like: they are so thick! They are substantial little blocks to bite into and I appreciate that. It feel like it will satisfy. What I’m not too crazy about: they aren’t flavorful. That’s really not the worst thing though. The bit of lemon flavor (which I figure is all the vitamin C and whatnot) is refreshing, but it needs something else. I didn’t want to put to many items in the mix because I wasn’t sure what would happen.
The good news: I’m thinking that this is a pretty forgiving recipe (except for pineapple, figs ginger root, papaya, and kiwi-the gelatin won’t set unless the fruit is canned). Maybe I add more gelatin but probably not. I might find out what happens when I add less. Who knows!? There are plenty of options. I might get a little wild with the next batch.
What’s your favorite recipe with gelatin? Do you have any recommendations for my next attempt?