Coming out of Christmas and the new year when there is so many goodies being offered around from family and friends that is it’s nice to recalibrate your children’s taste buds.
These healthy jubes can be offered guilt free and a fun activity to do over the summer holiday period. They can be given as a snack, treat or desert and the flavour combinations are endless! They can even be made to mimic the soft vitamins from the chemist buy adding in camu camu powder which is chock full of vitamin C, coconut water with its high magnesium, greens powder or even probiotic powder.
Gelatine is a gelling agent and a natural form of pure protein that is sourced from animal by products, collagen in particular. You can buy it in natural form in the way of grass-fed animals or in powdered form from the supermarket.
Healthy Fruit Juice Jubes
- 1 cup fruit (and/or vegetable juice), fresh pressed or store-bought (not reconstituted though)
For my two versions I made it with 1 cup fresh watermelon juice (which can be done in the blender with 1 tablespoon camu camu powder and the other being freshly pressed 3 parts orange to 1 part apple juice with the contents of 2 x probiotic capsules.
- 4 tablespoons plain gelatin, grass-fed is the preferred option but if not the gelatine in the baking section of your supermarket will suffice.
- 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup, depending on your preference and how sweet your juice is. Honey, maple syrup, stevia may work too
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour your juice into a small saucepan and carefully sprinkle the gelatine evenly over the top and allow to sit for a couple of minutes until the gelatine is absorbed (the whiteness will disappear)
- Once it is absorbed, whisk gently and place over a medium heat. Without allowing the juice to boil, keep stirring until the juice returns to a smooth juice like consistency and the gelatine is dissolved.
- Take the juice off the heat and stir though your sweetener and vanilla extract plus any other powders you choose to up the nutritional value. (if added in probiotic powder allow to cool before adding)
- Pour into ice-cube moulds, play doh moulds or a small tray (don’t get too adventurous as they can be hard to pry out of tricky shapes) and allow to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Carefully remove the jubes from the moulds or cut up if in a tray and store in an airtight container in the fridge until they are all gone (which wont be long).
Some other flavours you might like to try play with – carrots, strawberries, mango, pineapple, kale, kiwi, blueberries, beetroot and melons.