Chia Fruit Jello
This recipe uses natural fruit juice, chia seeds and gelatin. Its so much healthier than the packet Jello. Its easy to make and is a novel dessert, especially in the warmer weather.
4 cups of good quality, unsweetened fruit juice (my choices – apple, orange or pomegranate)
1 and a half – 2 tablespoons gelatin – 2 tablespoons gives a firm set
1 and a half tablespoons of black or white chia seeds
sweetener of choice if desired
Put the chia seeds into 2 cups of fruit juice, stir occasionally to prevent them sticking together.
Heat the remaining two cups of the juice on the stove and bring to a boil.
Pour into a medium size bowl and gradually add the gelatin, stirring for one minute until the gelatin is thoroughly dissolved.
Add the rest of the juice/chia seed mix. Stir occasionally until the chia seeds stay evenly dispersed through the fruit juice. Chill until set – allow at least 1 hour
I like the look of white chia seeds and apple juice. The white seed look a bit like bubbles and the overall impression is like a solid champagne.
On the other hand, the red pomegranate or berry juice with black chia seeds is very dramatic.
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What can I use as a substitute for gelatin in your recipe for Chis Fruit Jello? If you suggest the likes of guar or xanthum gum, tapioca starch, potato starch, etc, please provide amounts and proportions.
Thank you very much. This is a wonderful recipe.
I used to use agar agar flakes as a thickener, but I haven’t used it in my chia fruit juice jello Ronen. Its made from seaweed and is a healthy substitute for gelatine. The proportion to use is 1 tablespoon of agar flakes to 1 cup of liquid. To use it, you stir the flakes into the liquid, bring to the boil in a saucepan and simmer while stirring for 5 to 7 minutes. This thickens the mixture, then you chill it and allow to set. Agar agar flakes are available from Amazon or health food stores.