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Top Deck Gummies

I’m a huge fan of gelatinous treats and no better flavour combo than chocolate and coconut. Now I’m not a particularly patient person, so when it comes to using tinie-tiny moulds….well, let’s just say it has to be a special occasion!  I much prefer the pour and set approach, which is how this little ‘Top-Deck” combo arose. That’s not to say you can’t get creative and use a cute little mould.  You can also use patty pans (pictured below) or mini cupcakes as moulds. My kids are planning to make these in Easter egg moulds for Easter treats.

So we were in the midst of a QLD storm and without power (which as we have our own water supply, this also means no water) so very inconvenient. The kids (and adults) were house-bound and hungry for chocolate – so the kids and I created this surprisingly yummy treat.

Why is it healthy?
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 system is better supported too. Gelatin also reduces inflammation, improves joint integrity and for the vain amongst you – it improves the condition of your skin, hair and nails.  In fact, it’s said to be better then botox (and erase wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite) – now I’ve got your attention!

I only buy the Changing Habits Organic Gelatin.  Because gelatin is derived from animals, I like to know I am consuming the best quality product with the least chemical loading. You can find out more or shop for it here.

The benefits of coconut I’ve written about here, and raw cacao here.

Makes one approx. 20 x 20cm tray

Ingredients

2 x 270ml can of full-fat coconut milk (I like Ayam brand)
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
85grams (1/4 cup) of sweetener (rice malt syrup or maple syrup)
5-6 tablespoons of grass fed gelatin
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
1 extra tablespoon of sweetener (rice malt syrup or maple syrup)

Method

  1. In a small pot place, one can of coconut milk, vanilla and sweetener and whisk to combine.
  2. Whilst whisking sprinkles the *gelatin over the coconut milk mixture to combine. It will thicken as you go. Set aside.
  3. Divide the remaining can of coconut milk into two jugs.  Add the cacao and extra tablespoon of sweetener to one-half of the mixture.  Stir to combine.
  4. Now over a very low heat, gently heat the gelatin mix, taking care not to overheat or boil. Stir continually as the gelatin starts to dissolve and become a smooth liquid. It should only reach lukewarm temperature.
  5. Add half of this warmed gelatin mixture to the cacao mix, stir to combine.
  6. Mix the remaining coconut milk with the gelatin mixture. You now have your chocolate and coconut layers.
  7. Pour the chocolate layer into the base of a lined tray (alternatively, you can use individual moulds, mini cupcakes or patty pans -as pictured below).  Set in the fridge or freezer (only takes a few minutes).
  8. Top with the coconut layer and again cool until set.
  9. Store in the fridge.

* Now I prefer the texture of this with 5 tablespoons of gelatin, though my daughter (not at all a jelly/gummy texture fan), much prefers a denser texture so 6 tablespoons are more palatable to her. Have a play, and let me know your preferred texture.

 

Variations
Vegan and vegetarian
I haven’t recipe tested this but you can substitute with agar agar.

Fructose-friendly
Choose rice syrup as your sweetener.

Choc-mint
You can double the amount of cacao and add a few drops of peppermint essence or food grade essential oil for a choc-mint gummy.

Coconut free
Replace the coconut milk with nut milk.

 

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  • peggy m

    This sounds great! How long will it store for?

    • Ours don’t last more than a week or so (in the fridge) because they are gobbled up! Enjoy G x

  • Georgia

    Oh my! I very nearly head to the kitchen to make now but I’ll wait and do it tomorrow- properly! These sound Devine!! X

    • Ha ha. Hope you get a chance to make them soon Georgia. Enjoy G x

  • Tam

    Hi Georgia – sounds yum!

    May I confirm whether you used the gelatin in the red container, or green (hydrolysate form)?

    Am I right to assume you used the red?

    Look forward to trying!

  • Ellen

    Yum! I love the sound of this. After having 3 babies in 3 years my gut is shot. I eat bone broth in everything (and get much delight out of making it, I will add) but something like this is far more palatable for a dessert. I will have to try it.

    • Wow Ellen, 3 in 3, take my hat off to you. My mother-in-law had 7 in 8 years (and my hubby 10 years later) – a wonder she is upright – lol! Yes it is a lovely gut friendly sweet treat that I really enjoy – hope you do to. G x

  • Shea

    Oh that is awesome – I’m so going to give it a crack! Ox

  • Jo

    I wondered if these set reasonably firm – I am after something healthy to make in an old large Easter rabbit mould I’ve had since I was a girl… I bought your breakfast ebook btw and it is extraordinary – everything had been delicious and easy and a hit w the whole family – congrats

    • Thanks Jo, so glad you and your family like my ebook – really appreciate you saying so.
      Yes it does set firm (I set my first batch at room temp as we had no power and didn’t want to open the fridge). But obviously best set and stored in the fridge. It’s much firmer than a store bought jelly (more like gummy bear lolly). Love to see the result, G x

  • Linda Robinson

    I recently bought some Great Lakes gelatin to add to my morning water and lemon juice drink so was very excited to see another use for it and a way to sneak it into my kids 🙂 Made it today using coconut cream instead of milk because I wasn’t thinking clearly but it was awesome. And yes, they set very firmly – I would say I used between 5 1/2 tbspns gelatin. I also made the Hot Cross Buffins to take to a playgroup catch up yesterday – the kids all loved them, even the sugar addicts! I’m too lazy to do buns so a muffin recipe minus yeast was perfect for me.

    • Thanks Linda. I have made these purposely firm so they store a lot longer out of the fridge. Playgroup liking my buffins is a great sign. I used to make carrot cake to take to my daughters playgroup meets until she asked me to make something the other kids liked (we were often the only ones to eat it). I actually added cacao and it became a whole lot more popular – memories!! G x

  • Jess

    These are great … would love some more gelatin treats if you have any! First try of these and my nearly 4yo didn’t really like them – second try and he does. He thinks they would be better all chocolate – easy done! We usually do orange juice gummies, so nice to have some alternatives.

    • Great point Jess. My daughter is on the same page as your son so next time they can be made all chocolate for sure. Also you can adjust the cacao to make them as ‘dark’ as you like G x

  • Miranda

    I hate to post as the suger obsessed here but are they sweet enough? I used rice syrup in another recipe the other day and it had zero sweetness. Could you sub coconut sugar? Cacao is very bitter.

    • Hi Miranda, I find them sweet enough but I don’t have a very sweet tooth at all. You can add as much sweetener as you like and any liquid sweetener will work (honey, maple, coconut nectar). I’d rec to taste it as you make it as the coconut milk is also sweet and you can just keep adding more if need be. Enjoy G x

  • Kacey

    Hi Georgia, can you please let me know if it’s safe to eat gelatin when pregnant or breastfeeding? Finding mixed information!

    Thanks so much!

    • Kacey, not really willing to speculate here. I think the safest form of gelatin for you to consume is to make a big pot of bone broth. I think this is one of the most wonderfully nourishing foods in pregnancy and post partum. G x

  • Linda Robinson

    Has anyone had any problems recently ordering the gelatin from iHerb? I have ordered it ok a couple of months ago but just now it says delivery is prohibited in my region (Brisbane, QLD) 🙁

    • Oh that’s no good. I have only ordered from Great Lakes direct (one container last a very long time) but was planning to order from here next time. I included the link as I had seen it recommended on another Australian website. Maybe customs rules have changed? Perhaps try the Great Lakes link and see how you go (though it is a little more expensive last I checked) but mine arrived really quickly G x

  • Talee

    Can they be frozen? Like it i chop them up and then freeze in a ziplock bag? 🙂

    • I haven’t myself Talee, but quite a few people on Facebook have said they do with great success. G x

  • Kirstin

    Have just made this. Big thumbs up from myself and the children. Q. How long will they last in the fridge. Thanks again.

    • 4-5 days or you can freeze them (I haven’t tried myself as they don’t last that long, but many people on social media have said that you can). Glad you all enjoyed them Kristin, G x

  • Katie

    These sound amazing, definitely going to give them a go! Can I ask when I can start giving my little one gelatin? He is 11 months. Thanks 🙂

  • Absolutely – you’ll find gelatin is an ingredient in loads of jarred baby foods. I’d probably just be cautious of the cacao (it can stimulate some kids) and also I really avoid too much sweetener for babies. The coconut milk is naturally quite sweet so you could make them without any sugar at all if you’d like Gx

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