Ok, did you all get excited about last week’s post? Who ordered a quality source of gelatin? Today, we’re hitting the kitchen with this good stuff to try a few recipes I know you will just love!!
Last week, I went nuts making nutritional gummies for my kids, and I’m going to show you a couple of awesome recipes I tried out! The first recipe is going to be a rich source of antioxidants, as well as all the nutritional benefits from the gelatin itself. You will need:
1 C Goji Berry fruit puree (or whatever else kind of fruit you want!)
5 Tbsp Raw Honey
6 Tbsp Gelatin Powder
First thing I did was take a handful of dried goji berries, and soak them in a bowl of water to plump them up for the puree.
Once they were soft and ready, I strained off the berries, saving the water on the side. Next, I blended up the gojis, using some of the reddish water I saved. Go ahead and drink what you do not use in the puree – talk about vitamin water!
Once you have your 1 C fruit puree, put this into a small pot and add the honey to it. Warm this over the stove on low heat – you want it warm enough to make the honey incorporate into the fruit puree, but not hot enough to heat up your mixture. Goji berries are very heat sensitive, so we want to preserve the nutritional value!
Remove your mixture from the heat, and add the gelatin. Mix well, then pour into candy molds. Now this is half the fun right here! I, personally, love Fall-time, so I chose molds to suit my fancy.
Once you have your molds filled up, put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Once the time is up, remove and peel your gummies out of the molds! They hold up really well! And they will hold their consistency even after removing from the freezer – but to keep them good longer, go ahead and refrigerate them. Voila! You’ve got an antioxidant punch your kids will be begging for!
Now, let’s talk about a great recipe for the upcoming cold/flu season!
You will need:
1/3 C Elderberry/Rosehip juice (add any additonal herbs as desired!)
2 Tbsp Orange Juice
3 Tbsp Raw Honey
3 Tbsp Gelatin
1 Acidophilus Capsule
First thing you want to do is begin making your elderberry/rosehip juice. Start out as if you are making a syrup, but you will not be adding the honey at the end. So using a 2:1 ratio of water to herbs, warm up your mixture on the stove until you have a good simmer going.
Let it continue on heat for about 15 minutes, or until your water is down by half. Strain off your herbs, and voila! You have your juice. So now you are going to mix this warm juice with your honey, and stir until the honey is fully mixed into your juice. Add your orange juice, gelatin, and break open 1 capsule of acidophilus – then mix well. Pour into your candy molds, and again, freeze for 15 minutes. After the time is up, remove the gummies and keep in the refrigerator. And what do you have here? An antibacterial, antiviral supplement with vitamin C and probiotics – that your kids will LOVE! It does not get much better than this guys! Did I mention these gummies have NO unpronounceable ingredients or artificial colors/preservatives?
Last recipe for today – Marshmallows!
You will need:
2 Tsp of an extract, depending on what kind of marshmallow you want to make. You can use Vanilla Extract, Strawberry Extract, Almond Extract, or even try Mint Extract!
1 1/2 C Honey
1 C Water, divided into 2 1/2 Cups
2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Gelatin
Either powdered sugar, coconut, cocoa powder, nuts, or anything else you can think of to line your wax paper with when your marshmallows are cooling on it.
First prepare your wax paper by sprinkling on your ingredient of choice. Pour your gelatin in an electric mixer bowl with the whisk attachment – and pour one of the 1/2 C water over it. You will let this sit for at least 10 minutes.
In a separate pot, mix your honey and remaining 1/2 C water, then heat up until boiling. You will let this mixture boil for 10-15 minutes. Now, using the whisk attachment in your mixing bowl, start mixing the gelatin/water mix slowly (adjust to faster speeds) as you add in your hot mixture from the pot until all of the ingredients are mixed well. You want the mixture to begin getting fluffy – at this point, add in your extract of choice. Once everything is mixed and fluffy, you will use an oiled spatula to spread this mixture onto your prepared wax paper. Let sit for 8 hours, then cut. Now you will allow the sides to air dry for a while longer until they are no longer moist. And guess what? NO questionable corn ingredients – and YOU decide whether or not it has sugar in it!
Enjoy your wonderfully yummy (nutritious) gelatin goodies! And play around with the recipes – as you can see, there is plenty of room for making your own creations!