Homemade Jello

How to make Healthy, Homemade Jello - Yes, really! This fun snack recipe is made from natural ingredients, and natural sweeteners, without any dye or additives. (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Paleo approved!)

It's just about May, and I don't know if any of you have been keeping track with your "eating healthy" new years resolutions. If not, don't be hard on yourself! Give yourself grace and enjoy a healthy induglinging homemade gelatin (like, homemade Jello, you guys). And I don't feel bad one bit!

Why We Love This HomeMade Jello.

First of all, what's in Jello? Just a mere 2 or 3 ingredient! In my jello recipe, I use fruit or veggie juice, natural sweetener like honey, but that's totally optional, and grass-fed gelatin. I love using all kinds of juice blends in this recipe, because it always gives you a fun color, and its filled with TONS of vitamins and nutrients for your kiddos! You can even try fresh-pressed juice!

It's fresh-tasting, bright and beautiful without any dyes, additives, or any of that unhealthy extra sugar. This 3 ingredient (or 2 ingredient) is about as simple as it gets! And all the color comes from the natural fruit/veggie juice of your choice. And did I mention it's refined sugar-free, no artificial flavors, or additives??

Homemade Jello is free of all Main Ingredients like - gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nuts, fish, etc. But it does contain gelatin which is derived from beed bones (so it's not vegan). And did you know that gelatin is actually really good for you? Just make sure you read the label that's free of sugars and artificial flavors, before you buy some!

Collagen VS. Gelatin

I haven't used collagen for this recipe yet, but it will work the same way. Collagen and Gelatin are great sources of protein and known to benefit digestion, hair, skin, nails, and joints. They contain the same amino acids, but both react differently. Here's a quick overview of collagen and gelatin:


  • Also called collagen peptides, or hydrolyzed collagen.
  • Can be used in hot or cold liquids. Such as Soups, Smoothies, Herbal Tea, and Sauces.
  • Digest faster than gelatin.
  • It's flavorless and doesn't have any gritty or chalky texture.


  • Creates a gel or Jello effect when prepared.
  • Must be "bloomed" in cold liquid first, then you dissolve it in hot liquid.
  • Commonly used in guy-healing diet protocols. Gelatin digests more slowly, and coats the small intestine, which can help with healing the gut.
  • Only dissolves in hot liquids. If you attempt to put it in cold liquid without heating it layer, it will bloom but won't dissolve. (And created an unpleasant thick lumpy texture.)

Want to learn more about gelatin? This article does a great job breaking down everything you need to know, from the bio chemistry, to how they're made, used, and more.

What Kind Of Juice Can You Use For HomeMade Jello?

Almost any flavor of juice. I recommend 100% juice or fruit/veggie blend juice. The only exception is pineapple since it can break down the gelatin, so it won't gel properly. My favorite is blueberry-pomegranate or cranberry.

Can You Make This Without Any Added Sweetener?

You totally can! I actually prefer mine without sweetener. Some juices are sweeter than others. I would never sweeten juice for drinking, but the gelatin does dilute the flavor slightly, and I find that adding the honey or maple syrup brings it back to its regular flavor. Again, it's completely up to you.

How Long Will HomeMade Jello Keep In The Fridge?

My recommendation for best texture is 4-5 days, though you can keep it in the fridge until 7-10 day mark before it begins to spoil.

Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
5 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
15 minutes
8 Servings



  1. Add 1/2 cup of the juice to a bowl or measuring cup and sprinkle with gelatin powder.
  2. Whisk together to combine and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes to "bloom". It should look like a very thick applesauce or take a lumpy appearance.
  3. Pour the remaining juice into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until almost boiling.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in honey (if using) and the bloomed juice/gelatin mixture. Stir to dissolve.
  5. Pour into an 8x8 (2 quart) baking dish for thick Jello or 9x13 baking dish for thin Jello. or into individual glasses or jars for individual portions.
  6. Refrigerate about 4 hours, or until set. Preferably overnight.
  7. Enjoy!

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