Orange Julius Homemade Jello (No processed sugar!)March 25, 2014
We went to the drugstore the other day to buy stamps. A simple task, right?
Maybe next time I’ll go the extra 5 blocks to the post office. Because as we’re standing at the register, what is directly in view and reach of my 3 year old?
Bubble Yum. Reese’s cups. Laffy Taffy. All those colorful, little packages that fit so perfectly into his hand.
“Mommy, what’s THAT? What’s THIS one? Mommy I going to take this home and EAT IT!”
My best reply as I paid for the stamps and swooshed him out the door? “Honey, that’s junk.”
“Those are treats!”
“They’re junk. Do you want to go home and make treats though?”
That’s my big move lately. I’m sure there is a better way to reply to a 3 year old’s inquiries about Butterfingers, but frankly that’s the best I could do in the moment.
Luckily, I have plenty of real food treats pinned here, and a pantry full of ingredients. We went home and made treats.
- 1½ cups freshly squeezed orange juice (about 4 oranges)
- ½ cup coconut milk (the thick stuff from a can)
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 Tbl. unflavored gelatin
- 1 Tbl. raw honey
- Blend orange juice, coconut milk and vanilla in a pot over medium-low heat. Add gelatin and mix well to dissolve. Remove from heat and stir in honey. Pour mixture into a 8x8 pan and refrigerate until set.
Just for the heck of it, let’s compare these ingredients to actual, orange-flavored Jello. Shall we?
SUGAR, GELATIN, ADIPIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE AND SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROL ACIDITY), FUMARIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), YELLOW 6, RED 40, BHA (PRESERVATIVE).
It’s fascinating how there is no orange in there at all!
I’d also list the ingredients of an actual Orange Julius drink, but the company doesn’t make that information available on their website…just a bunch of lip-service about nutrition facts and nutrition boosters. No surprise.
Quick note about gelatin: Some folks swear by gelatin to heal the gut, provide protein, support skin and hair growth, improve joint health and more. As with any animal product, I like to source mine from healthy animals and this brand is typically recommended by the gelatin cheerleaders of the world. They say it’s grassfed, but I see no mention of that on the company’s site. Still, it’s what I’ve been using! Just FYI.