Enjoy these on Valentines Day or any day!
February is a special month in our house, we like to call it the month of love. Not only do we celebrate Valentine’s Day, but also our wedding anniversary.
So every February I’m on a mission to find a new heart-shaped food we can enjoy. (A tradition my mom started when I was young.) This usually ends up being a giant homemade heart-shaped pizza, heart-shaped pancakes, cupcakes, or something else very easy to make.
This year I decided to make heart-shaped gelatin snacks, using creamy homemade kefir and red berries for color.
Show your family some real love this month by giving them a treat filled with probiotics and gelatin for their health. It will appeal to the kiddos because it’s still a jiggly, sweet-tasting little snack!
Probiotic Gelatin Treats
- 1 cup unsweetened, natural fruit juice (I had apple juice on hand, but you could use freshly squeezed orange, lemon, or lime)
- ¾ cup chilled kefir – yogurt can also be used (buy starter cultures and learn how to make kefir here)
- ¾ cup berries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen strawberries and cranberries)
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey (find raw, unfiltered honey here)
- 2-3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin – from grass fed cows whenever possible (find it here)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, optional (for extra tang)
- Add kefir/yogurt, berries, honey, and optional lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Measure out about 1 cup of the blended mixture and add to a medium bowl. (After measuring out your 1 cup, you’ll have a little bit left over that you can drink like a smoothie while you continue to work!) Sprinkle gelatin over creamy berry mixture that’s resting in a bowl, and let stand about 1 minute.
- While creamy berry mixture is resting, heat fruit juice to boiling. Slowly add hot juice to creamy berry mixture while stirring continuously with a whisk.
- Continue whisking mixture for several minutes to break up any clumps and dissolve gelatin. Pour into a 8×8 or 9×9 pan and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
- Cut gelatin snacks with a small cookie cutter for fun shapes or cut into squares with a knife. Store in the refrigerator.
Things to love about this Dessert
- no refined sugars, only natural sweeteners
- no artificial colors, only natural colors from berries
- creamy kefir is packed with probiotics for digestive health and many other benefits
- gelatin is a great source of collagen, good for bones, joints, hair, skin, nails, and much, much more
- send them in lunches for a healthy dessert
- they’re great to have on hand in the fridge for an easy-to-grab snack
- they look beautiful and they’re fun!
If you have a healthy gelatin dessert idea – share it with the community!