Orange Mango Gel-O (Paleo)

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Orange Mango Gel-O (Paleo)

This gel-o is a firm one that blends citrus and tropical flavors with gelatin to make a simple and yummy healthy snack or dessert.

I find that the juice is sweet enough to not require any sweetener, but if you like a sweet gelatin dessert, then I would recommend a sweetener that is complimentary to orange and mango flavors.

Have fun with the recipe and the kids by experimenting with cookie cutter shapes or by using fun molds.

Ingredients:
2 oranges freshly squeezed or about 3/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed

1/2 cup mango, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 Tbsp grass fed gelatin (Red Lakes, red bottle)
Sweetener (optional)

Method:
Heat orange juice & mango on stove until hot. Add sweetener if using followed by gelatin. Blend well so that gelatin does not clump. Pour into a loaf pan. Refrigerate 1 hour.

If using a pan, cut into squares & enjoy this healthy treat.

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Paleo Low Sugar Marshmallows

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In this recipe inspired by childhood memories and Wellness Mama, I’ve made a gooey marshmallow that has about half the sugar content of a conventional recipe.

While I haven’t yet mastered the art of beautiful marshmallows, I think this recipe is a winner in the flavor and texture categories. All 3 Mini-Foodies agree and I don’t feel bad about sharing this treat with them because I use a nutritionally dense gelatin and less sweetener than most recipes. It’s a win-win.image

1 1/4  cup water, warm
1 tbsp Marshmallow Root
4 tbsp grass fed gelatin
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla bean powder*

Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with coconut oil.

Combine 1 cup warm water with 1 tbsp Marshmallow Root. Allow to sit 5 minutes. Stir & strain.

Pour ½ cup marshmallow water into stand mixer. Add gelatin. Whisk slightly to incorporate & to avoid lumps. Set aside.

Pour remaining marshmallow water & honey (or maple syrup) into a small saucepan. Add vanilla (&/or cacao powder). Slowly bring mixture to a boil; allow to reach 240 degrees or boil while stirring constantly for 8 minutes.

Slowly pour sweetened marshmallow water into hardened gelatin mix. Turn mixer on at medium as liquid is added, then turn to high. Whip for 8-10 minutes or until a stiff cream consistency with some peaks form.

Pour whipped marshmallows into prepared pan.  Smooth evenly. Or use for rice or millet puff treats.

Let sit until set. (In my house, the taste testers get to them as soon as they can.)

Cut in pan using a well oiled knife or pizza cutter.

Store in an airtight container.

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SERVING IDEAS: these are lovely in hot cacao, homemade s’mores, with millet puffs (make them like the rice marshmallow treat), and on their own.image

*Experiment with safe for you flavors such as mint or raw cacao.

Recipe inspired by: http://wellnessmama.com/6423/healthy-marshmallows/

Paleo Lemon Pineapple “Gel-O”

What do you when life gives you lemons?

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Make lemonade. Make lemon curd. Make Azorean-style lemon tea for a sore throat.

How about lemon “gel-o” with pineapple just like mom used to make with a package of Jell-O and a can crushed pineapple? Yes please, but leave out all the packages and their non-food ingredients and it’s a go!

Here’s the recipe I used inspired by my friend Devon plus some nostalgia.

Paleo Lemon Pineapple Gel-O

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2/3 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup frozen pineapple tidbits, crush if desired
4 tbsp grass fed gelatin (Red Lakes, red bottle)
Sweetener to taste.

Heat lemon juice & pineapple on stove until hot. Add sweetener followed by gelatin. Blend well so that gelatin does not clump. Pour into a loaf pan. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Cut into squares & enjoy a gut healing treat.

Notes:
-For some fun, experiment with fruits such as various berries or place in  molds for gummies for the kidlets or the kid inside.

-Have LOTS of lemons? Double the recipe & use an 8×8 pan.