Healthy handmade jelly made from 100% fruit juice is naturally sweet and does not use artificial coloring.

homemade jelly

Jelly is a super fun treat that has been loved by children of all ages for generations. I love making my treats from scratch, so I love this healthy homemade jelly recipe. It’s cool, it’s zigzag, and it’s totally healthy!

Fresh raspberries and red homemade jelly in a white bowl

Ingredients for homemade jelly:

  • fruit juice– Look for 100% fruit juices. I used V8 Splash Strawberry Banana, Mango Orange and Blueberry Pomegranate. Any juice will do, but avoid pineapple juice. There is an enzyme that prevents it from sticking.
  • gelatin– I used Knox brand powdered gelatin packets for this recipe.
Bowl of fruit juice for homemade jelly

how to make homemade jelly

Gelatin is the secret ingredient that turns a simple fruit juice into this jiggly treat. It takes 5 minutes to throw the batches together.

  • The first step is to pour half the fruit juice into a large bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the juice and let it sit for about 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.
  • Heat the remaining 2 cups of juice in a small saucepan until boiling.
  • Pour the hot juice into the bowl with the gelatin and mix. Stir until gelatin dissolves.
  • Pour into a 9×12 baking pan and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Once set, cut into cubes and enjoy!
Process shot of how to make homemade jelly

Best Tips for Making Homemade Jelly

  • Gelatin must first “bloom” in a cold liquid in order to thicken. Soluble only in hot liquids. This is why the recipe says to sprinkle cold juice first and then add hot juice.
  • fruit juice. There are so many healthy juices on the market. Juices come in so many delicious juice flavors, but make sure it’s 100% fruit juice so you don’t add sugar. Apples, cranberries, pomegranates, white grapes, cherries, grapes, and oranges are all delicious.
  • Homemade jelly can be difficult to get out of the pan. You can spray the bottom of the pan with non-stick spray first, or line the pan with parchment paper to make it easier to lift.
Bowl of healthy homemade jelly in different flavors

Fun variations of homemade jelly

  • Make several different flavors, layer each one to create a striped jelly, and chill each layer well before adding the next.
  • Add mini marshmallows, grapes, or other fresh fruit before chilling.
  • Cut the jelly into shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Serve in a parfait glass and top with whipped cream or whipped topping.
  • Use the jello mold for a pretty vintage presentation.
Bowl of homemade jelly on wooden board with fresh fruits

Frequently asked questions about homemade jelly

What kind of gelatin can be used?

I like Knox brand gelatin because it’s easy to find and it always works. You can also use Vital Proteins brand gelatin or Great Lake brand gelatin.

Can I pour the mixture directly into the jello mold?

Yes – it definitely works. Note that homemade jelly is a little softer than boxed jelly, so it needs to be chilled to keep its shape.

How much gelatin do I need if I’m using Knox packets?

You need 2 tablespoons of gelatin for 4 cups of juice.

What kind of juice can I use?

I’ve tried apple, pomegranate, white grape, cherry, and cranberry. Other flavors that are fun to try are mango, orange, peach, blueberry, or vegetable juices.

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  • Four cup juice Types other than pineapple
  • 2 tablespoon gelatin powder
  • Pour 2 cups of juice into a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the juice and let it soak for about 5 minutes.

  • Heat the remaining 2 cups juice until boiling.

  • Pour the hot juice into a bowl and stir to dissolve the gelatin.

  • Pour into a 9×12 baking pan. Refrigerate until firm, at least a few hours.

  • Create a Jell-O Ziggler by slicing into cubes or cutting with a small cookie cutter. Store in refrigerator.

You can definitely use different flavors and juice combinations. Get creative and find your favorite flavor. Try to use 100% fruit juice and avoid adding sugar.
To make a firmer “ziggler”, double the amount of gelatin.

calorie: 91kcal | | carbohydrates: 20g | | protein: 2g | | obesity: 1g | | saturated fat: 1g | | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | | Monounsaturated fat: 1g | | sodium: 15mg | | potassium: 261mg | | fiber: 1g | | sugar: 18g | | Vitamin A: 1IU | | Vitamin C: 1mg | | calcium: 17mg | | iron: 1mg

Natalie Monson

I am a registered dietitian, mother of four, a food lover and a strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you’ll find delicious, fruit- and veg-rich recipes, tips to help your kids eat better and more intuitively, and tons of resources to feed your family.

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