Kids Cooking Video: Healthy, 2 Ingredient Gelatin (Homemade Jello Recipe)

One of the greatest joys of my kitchen is watching my kids devour and truly enjoy real, nourishing food, especially when it’s not particularly kid-friendly in most people’s eyes.

I’m proud of them for being counter-cultural.

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The second best kitchen moments in the Kimball household?

Successfully making fun food that looks like other kids’ food but is devoid of synthetics and yucky ingredients and watching my kids enjoy that.

It’s good for them to feel normal sometimes, too.

homemade gelatin

Homemade Jello Recipe with 100% Fruit Juice

The first time I tried this technique, I thought I must have missed a step.

Not because it didn’t work, but because it was SO easy that I kind of can’t believe people pay for premixed fruity gelatin in boxes. That jiggly sugar water with artificial flavors and colors is as close to candy as anything else. No thank you!

These homemade snacks are not only fun but healthy. Gelatin is a huge boost for hair, skin, nail, and joint health – you won’t get that in a box of artificial powder. 😉

Healthy Snacks Preschoolers Can Make

This easy homemade gelatin recipe is in the beginner level of my Kids Cook Real Food course. That’s right, beginner! It’s so easy preschoolers can make it! (With a little help from mom or an older sibling with the stove portion of course!)

This recipe is easily adapted to make gelatin squares or fruit “gummies” with real fruit!

whisking gelatin into fruit juice

Healthy Homemade Gelatin Recipe


  • 4 c. fruit juice, divided into 3 cups and 1 cup
  • 2 Tbs. gelatin (Use the coupon KS10 for 10% off!)


  1. If you have a 4-cup measuring cup with a lid, you can use that to make the gelatin. Otherwise, you’ll need any container that can hold 4 cups.
  2. Measure 3 cups of fruit juice and pour it into a medium pot.
  3. Turn the stove on to medium heat (adult or older kid job).
  4. Measure 1 cup of fruit juice. Pour into large bowl.
  5. Whisk the gelatin into 1 cup of juice until it is uniform.
  6. When you see steam rising off the juice warming on the stove, it’s hot enough. You don’t have to boil it.

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  1. Pour the hot juice into the cold gelatin/juice mixture (adult job or guided job).
  2. Whisk thoroughly (but slowly so you don’t splash hot juice). This might be an adult job, guided job, or kid job depending on the maturity of the child.
  3. You can leave the gelatin in one big bowl or pour it into individual bowls at this point.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and eat cold with a spoon.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Healthy gelatin recipe kids can make

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