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Fresh Fruit Gel
By: Chef Rachel Albert
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Fresh Fruit Gel - If you love, or once loved, the cool flavor and giggly texture of Jell-O, youâ€™ll enjoy this healthy remake of a 1970s classic. Unlike packaged products found in supermarkets, at church picnics, and in cafeterias, this recipe relies on wholesome and nourishing ingredientsâ€“â€“100 percent real fruit and fruit juice. It makes a light and refreshing warm weather snack or dessert, great for picnics, potlucks, pack lunches, or meals at home. I usually make enough to serve a few days in a row.
Preparation Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
1 serving (blueberry-apricot) without nuts: 110 calories, 3 g protein, 25 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 1 g fat, 15 mg calcium, 5 mg sodium
Use beef or pork-based gelatin from a natural foods store or Knox unflavored gelatin from a supermarket.
Rule of thumb: 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin and 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons arrowroot per 4 cups of juice. If you inadvertently make the gel too firm, you can purée it in a blender or food processor, pour into custard cups or wine glasses, and chill for a mousse-like texture. Note: Enzymes in pineapple, papaya, and kiwi may prevent gelatin from setting unless you cook these fruits with the juice in step 2.
Photo Credit: Stacy Maxwell, 2006
Recipe Source: The Garden of Eating: A Produce-Dominated Diet & Cookbook by Rachel Albert and Don Matesz (Planetary Press, 2004)
Visit Rachel's blog: http://www.thehealthycookingcoach.com/
Rachel Albert has been a natural foods chef, cooking instructor, and freelance food and health writer for more than 20 years. She has led more than 1000 cooking classes in 5 states and 250+ articles published in national and regional publications.
She is the author of The Ice Dream Cookbook: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Alternatives with Gluten-Free Cookies, Compotes & Sauces (Planetary Press, 2008) and co-author of the award-winning book, The Garden of Eating: A Produce-Dominated Diet & Cookbook (Planetary Press, 2004)
Rachel leads group and private classes, cooking parties, kitchen coaching sessions, and healthy shopping tours in the Phoenix metropolitan area and runs the gluten-free blog www.TheHealthyCookingCoach.com