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Lemon Jellies

I’m always experimenting with jelly flavours and trying to cram as much nutrition into one small treat as possible. So these came about after my husband came down with man flu and I went on a mission to keep the rest of us from succumbing.

Health benefits
The ginger and turmeric root are powerful anti-inflammatory and warming immune supportive herbs. The coconut water is hydrating and the kombucha and kefir are supportive to a healthy gut microflora.

Camu powder is a concentrated, delicious whole food source of Vitamin C (460 x more than an orange), anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting fruit. My favourite, sustainable and organic Camu is available here.

Gelatin is made from the bone and connective tissue of animals that has been dried and turned into a powder. I have written about the benefits of gelatin in this post about bone broth.

The biggest benefit of eating gelatin, in my opinion, is that it is a gut healer, which means better nutrient absorption (so greater nourishment) all round.  Also, if your gut is functioning well, then your nervous and immune systems are better supported.

I only use organic gelatin which you can shop for or find out more about here.

Ingredients
1 cup water
2cm piece ginger root, peeled and roughly sliced
1cm piece fresh turmeric root peeled and roughly sliced
1-4 tablespoon raw honey* or rice malt syrup (depending upon the level of sweetness you like)
1 cup coconut water, kombucha or water kefir
Juice two small or one large lemon
1 teaspoon Camu powder (optional)
2-3 tablespoons organic gelatin, this is my favourite here

Method

  1. Place the water, ginger and turmeric root into a small pot and bring to the boil, reducing to a simmer for approx. 5 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat off, mix in the honey or rice malt syrup and stir to dissolve.
  3. Allow to cool for 5 minutes or so, remove the solids and stir in the coconut water, kombucha or water kefir, lemon and optional Camu powder. Taste to check that you are happy with the flavour (sour/sweet balance). I should be luke warm before adding your gelatin.
  4. Now sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid, allow it to sit and bloom (go wrinkly) for a few minutes. For a traditional jelly set use 2 tablespoons, for a firmer, more gummy-lolly-like consistency, add 3 tablespoons.
  5. Stir well and if the gelatin doesn’t completely dissolve, you can pop your pot back on the heat for only 1 minute (only heat to luke warm), stirring well.
  6. Pour into a lined slice tray or moulds, and set in the fridge.

*Note about honey – only raw, unheated and unprocessed honey has medicinal properties.

Variations

Don’t like ginger or want to use powdered?
Leave it out or use ½ teaspoon of the ground ginger powder.

No fresh turmeric?
Sub with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder.

Low-fructose
Choose rice malt syrup as your sweetener.

Store
Store in the fridge for a few days and can also be frozen. Pack from frozen into the lunchbox (the firmer gummies hold up well in an insulated bag against an ice brick).

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Lemon jellies

  • Penny McKay

    These sound great. If you use powder as opposed to fresh ginger and turmeric do you still heat for 5 mins in water at the start?

    • Penny I would heat for just a minute or so and then allow to cool just to infuse the flavour. G x

  • Yarrow

    Wow…..yum….. as per usual, simple and delicious! My 3 year old loves this and he is not the biggest ginger fan. Yay for treats that are not just guilt free, but nourishing also

    • Glad he loves them. These are hands down one of my kids absolute faves. Have to say I’m pretty partial too. Thanks for your feedback Yarrow G x

  • kelly seach

    Sounds yum. I find it interesting that powdered gelatine is one highly processed ‘food’ that seems to get the tick of approval from naturopaths etc. I am not aware of any conventional research to support the idea that it ‘heals’ etc, are you?

    • Kelly I’d classify it as a ‘supplemental’ food. Most of the health claims are based on both empirical uses and the researched effects of specific amino acids and compounds such as condroitin (of which it is a rich source) on healing and supporting health. e.g.; gelatin is a source of chondroitin and there has been a fair bit of research to support the use of chondroitin and glucosamine for a range of conditions. Same with research re specific amino aids found in gelatin.

      I always endeavour to derive the bulk of my nutrition and healing from whole foods (so bone broth is my preferred source of gelatin always). But what can I say – my kids and I occasionally really enjoy jelly (or gummies). It is a special treat and I love that it is so versatile with flavour/nutrient combinations. In my case the ‘health’ benefits are secondary to the flavour/texture which my whole family just loves. G x

      • kelly seach

        Thanks Georgia xx

  • Mandy Hunt

    How long will these last in the fridge 🙂 Just made them and it smells so great in the kitchen

  • Elisa James

    My kids loved this!

  • Linda Robinson

    we were all home with colds yesterday so I whipped these up and some of your protein bars – they make a really nice combination…one lemon, one chocolate, repeat 🙂 the kids loved them both too!

  • cherie marki

    Georgia what age can kids start having these? I have been making them for my bigger kids and we absolutely love them… the flavour is just so light and refreshing! I have an 11month old… am I able to start giving it to him?

    • I always like to introduce one ingredient at a time (as per usual food introduction procedure). Once you have individually introduced (lemon, then coconut water etc;) then make them no worries. They’re great for little ones – I know loads of people give that awful processed jelly to babies, and gelatin is a thicker in many baby products. G x

      • cherie marki

        That’s great! Thanks ?

  • Renee

    Hi Georgia, I just found this blog post linked to another I was reading. I am looking forward to trying these gummies out. Can you please let me know if it is ok to have one a day, added into a well balanced whole food diet. I am trying to get in as many good nourishing things into my diet as well as my families. I’m sure they would love it if they could expect one of these treats a day, full of so much goodness. Thanks.

    • Yes, definitely a fabulous daily treat. Very nourishing and delicious too x

  • Sara

    Hi, can I ask what gelatine you use please as your links don’t seem to be working for me.
    I find it hard to find a good quality one!
    Thanks so much

  • Alexandra

    Hello Georgia,

    do you know if this recipe works with leaf gelatine? I have Chef’s Choice Cert Organic Leaf Gelatine, Silver Grade and I am wondering how much to use. Thank you.

    • It will work with any kind of gelatin. Sorry I’ve only used powdered but I know my mum had leaf gelatin at one point and found the conversion with an online search G x

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