Gelatin makes a wonderfully refreshing, jiggly summer treat (sure, we eat them all year long). Who needs sugar-ladened, artificially flavored and colored jello?! Instead, grab some good quality gelatin and make some Real Food jigglers!
Coconut Vanilla Bean Jigglers2 cans coconut milk
2 Tb. gelatin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla bean powder
~1/4 cup honey (or less...honey to taste)
optional cut fresh fruit
In a saucepan on low heat, warm the coconut milk and add all the ingredients (except the fruit), whisking vigorously. Don't let the mixture simmer strongly (if at all), you just want it warm enough for the gelatin to dissolve...this preserves the nutrients of your ingredients. If you use Jensen's gelatin, this should work without producing clumps. Great Lakes gelatin works better if you dissolve it in liquid first before adding it to the entire batch for mixing.
Once all ingredients are dissolved and well combined, pour the mixture into a pyrex dish and refrigerate until the gelatin sets (about an hour). Add your fruit before putting the jiggler mix in the fridge to set.
Hot Cacao Jigglers
(aka "Mama Medicine" Jigglers because of the addition of maca, a wonderfully adaptogenic botanical that helps our adrenal system)
2 Tb. raw honey (or honey to taste)
1 1/2 Tb. raw cacao powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder
1 Tb. maca powder
1 1/2 Tb. gelatin
Same directions as above.
The key to jiggler success is remembering that 1 Tb. of gelatin gels a pint of liquid. Results may vary depending upon your ingredients and the ambient temperature in your home. Experiment with your own flavor combinations and have your kids help. It's fun and easy to make jigglers, which is nice considering how quickly they get devoured!!