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.
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.
Take a look at the variations (below the main recipe) for suggestions to alter the recipe to suit many specific dietary requirements.
- 250 ml water (1 cup)
- 2 cm ginger root -peeled and roughly sliced
- 1 cm turmeric root -peeled and roughly sliced
- 250 ml coconut water (1 cup) or kombucha or water kefir
- 1-4 tbsp honey - Manuka is best (amount depends on the level of sweetness you like)
- 1 lemon/s (large) - juice
- 1 tsp Camu powder (optional)
- 2-3 tbsp grass-fed or organic gelatin
*Note about honey - only raw, unheated and unprocessed honey has medicinal properties. A good quality Manuka honey is the very best option.
- Place the water, ginger and turmeric root into a small pot and bring to the boil, reducing to a simmer for approx. 5 minutes.
- Take off the heat off and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Remove the solids (strain) and stir in the coconut water (kombucha or water kefir) honey, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour into a lined slice tray or moulds, and set in the fridge.
- Place the water, ginger and turmeric root into the bowl heat 5 mins, varoma, speed 1.
- Add the honey or rice malt syrup, mix 30 seconds speed 3.
- Remove the solids and add the coconut water, kombucha or water kefir (and optional camu camu). Mix 10 seconds, speed 3.
- Now add your gelatin, mix 1 minute, temp 37, speed 3-4 or until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.