Cool, clean, sometimes creamy and rich, sometimes bursting with fresh Fruit, gelatin desserts make my mouth water just thinking about them! And the beautiful thing is that I can have a rich and creamy dessert that is low calorie, high protein, low carb, low fat, Atkins compliant, in The Zone, Somersized … name your diet plan and jello will most likely be acceptable.
I prefer not to use sugar-free gelatin because it’s sweetened with aspartame. Aspartame has a strange effect on many people, completely halting weight loss. Don’t worry, it’s not permanent. It usually only lasts for the day that you’ve eaten aspartame. But since I don’t like to sabotouge a day of dieting, I prefer to use plain gelatin and flavor it with various items. If however, you don’t want to bother, you can always substitute sugar-free fruit flavored gelatin in the recipes below.
Note: If you use agar-agar or a soy based gelatin instead of gelatin then these recipes will be Neutral or vegan instead of high protein recipes.
Basic Fruit Jello
If you’re having trouble getting your children (or DH) to eat fruit, this is an easy way to sneak it in.
Puree in blender
- 5 cups Fruit, fresh or frozen so that you end up with 3 cups puree
- 1/4 cup honey, agave nectar or unrefined sugar such as Sucanat or Rapadura
Dissolve 1 packet unflavored gelatin by sprinkling it over 1 tablespoon cold water in the same container that you’ll be serving from or storing your jello in. Then stir in 3 tablespoons boiling water. When the gelatin is dissolved stir in fruit puree. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
Insanely Low Calorie Fruit Flavored Jello
Dissolve 1 packet unflavored gelatin by sprinkling it over 1 tablespoon cold water in the same container that you’ll be serving from or storing your jello in. Then stir in 3 tablespoons boiling water. When the gelatin is dissolved stir in 3 cups water and enough of your favorite sugar free drink powder to flavor 3 cups of water. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
Basic Creamy Jello
Dissolve 1 packet unflavored gelatin by sprinkling it over 1 tablespoon cold water in the same container that you’ll be serving from or storing your jello in. Then stir in 3 tablespoons boiling water. When the gelatin is dissolved stir in:
3 cups non fat yogurt, pureed tofu, light cream cheese or light sour cream
1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Flavor with any of the following:
- maple syrup instead of honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- juice from one lemon, lime, or half an orange – use in place of the water and to replace an equal amount of yogurt
- 1 cup strong decaf coffee in place of 1 cup of the yogurt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup pureed fruit to replace 1 cup yogurt
This is such a brilliant way to enjoy a cold treat on a hot day without the mess of sticky juice running down your hand. Make up a batch of Basic Jello or Basic Creamy Jello according to the directions above. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
Banana Cream Jello
Mash 1 to 2 bananas and stir into the Basic Jello or Basic Creamy Jello recipe, adjusting the liquid so that the total amount of jello is 3 cups.
Creamy Orange Gelatin
Puree in blender:
- 3 ounces tofu
- 1 cup nonfat yogurt or lowfat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup unrefined sugar
- 1 teaspoon orange oil or orange extract
Pour puree into a saucepan. Sprinkle 1 envelope unflavored gelatin over the puree. Stir over medium heat until gelatin is dissolved, 2-4 minutes. Pour into dishes. Chill until set.
Make up 1 batch of Basic Jello. Pour 1/2 of it into a serving container and refrigerate. Set aside the other 1/2 of the recipe on the kitchen counter, do not refrigerate it. When the refrigerated jello is semi-firm, stir in 1 cup of your choice of fruit. Place back in refrigerator while making up 1 batch Creamy Jello.
Pour 1/2 the Creamy Jello into the serving container. Refrigerate until this layer is semi-firm.
Pour remaining 1/2 of the Basic Jello over the Creamy Jello. If the Basic Jello is not liquid enough to pour, gently reheat it in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds or over a double boiler. When this layer is semi-firm pour the remaining half of the Creamy Jello over it. Refrigerate until firm.
Toppings for Jello:
- UnDiet Whipped Cream: Whip heavy cream flavored with vanilla extract and sweetened with honey, agave nectar or unrefined sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Creamy Dip:: Whip 1 cup creme fraiche or heavy cream that’s been whipped into soft peaks together with 1 teaspoon grated orange peel, 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice and 1/2 cup date or maple sugar.
- sliced almonds
- chopped nuts
- well-drained mandarin orange slices
- sliced strawberries