Jelly Recipe

Fruity Tootie Jelly Recipe (gluten free, sugar free & dairy free with gut healing gelatine)

Dessert… that part of the meal that most kids look forward to the most 🙂 That part of the meal that is usually loaded full of sugar – which will likely keep them awake, just as you want them to go to sleep!

How would you like to feed your little one, or yourself, a dessert that would encourage sleep? Come to think of it, how would you like to eat, or feed your little one, a dessert that had all these additional health benefits:


  • Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion.
  • Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.
  • Reduces joint pain.
  • Eases the symptoms of autoimmune disorders.
  • Fights inflammation.
  • Has calming effects, which may help you sleep better.
  • Promotes strong, healthy bones.
  • Supports the body’s connective tissues.
  • Promotes healthy hair, skin, teeth and nails.
  • Anti-ageing and wrinkle-reducing.
  • Improves the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.
  • Detoxifies the liver.


Well you can, and its so simple to make too…

Say hello to Jelly!

“Jelly? A healing, sleep-inducing food?”, I can here you shout.

Yes, jelly – but homemade jelly. Not the the sugar and chemical laden type poured out of a box or served to patients in hospitals!

The superfood ingredient found in Jelly is gelatine.

What is Gelatine?

Gelatine powder is a is flavourless, translucent substance derived from the processing of animal connective tissue and bones to extract collagen, an insoluble fibrous protein. Once extracted and powdered, gelatin dissolves in hot liquids and becomes more solid as it cools. It is commonly used as a gelling agent in gummy sweets, marshmallows, desserts, ice cream, dips and some yogurts.

Gelatine contains easy to digest (bio-available) calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, amino acids and trace minerals.

Gelatine used to be a big part of healthy traditional diets when people regularly consumed bone broths as well as the fibrous tissues and organs of animals. While I am a big fan of drinking bone broth (and I really encourage you to give it a try), the little ones may not be so keen on it. So another way to get the healing benefits of gelatine into your diet is to disguise it as Jelly 🙂

Traditionally the recipe for Jelly calls for hot water, but why not use hot tea instead to add to the medicinal qualities of this dessert? I have recently discovered Heath & Heather Organic Lemon Balm And Liquorice Tea – a blend of real liquorice root, lemon balm, as well as antioxidant-rich South African rooibos, and calming chamomile flowers – Mila absolutely LOVES it! And yes, it is medicinal!

*This recipe is not in my book ‘Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics‘, but it will be in the second book 🙂

Fruity Tootie Jelly Recipe

Naartjie and Chamomile flavour

(Gluten-free, sugar-free & dairy-free)

Key: gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, for adults too

Serves: 4 servings

Cooks In: 20 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Mama’s Notes:

I’ve never been a fan of desserts – not that I don’t enjoy eating them. My reluctance to include them as part of Mila’s eating ritual has more to do with how they are generally used as an incentive or reward for eating the meal that came before it. As such, Mila has jelly as part of her meal and at anytime of the day – she had it for breakfast this morning! It is a good source of protein, so why not?

Not all gelatine is created equal! (as with most foods!) Where possible buy organic gelatine from grass fed animals. I say where possible, because I have been unable to find a locally produced one here in South Africa. The gelatine brands I have found all contain the preservative Sulphur Dioxide and I fear they come from conventionally raised animals who are fed GMO corn, in feed lots under terrible conditions.


Great Lakes Gelatin is now available in South Africa from Faithful To Nature, VidaLife and Wellness Warehouse

Chef’s Notes:

When it comes to Jelly flavours you are only limited by your imagination! You can use any flavor of tea, with any freshly pressed fruit juice – besides pineapple juice that is. The digestive enzymes in pineapple juice prevent the gelatin from setting.





– If you want really intense naartjie flavour and/or don’t want to use tea, you can replace it with 125ml additional naartjie juice (heated but not boiling).

– You can add a drop of DoTerra essential oils. I use either Wild Orange, Mandarin or Lemon.



  1. Squeeze some naartjies until you have 375ml naartjie juice. You may want to pour the juice through a sieve to remove any ‘bits’ (Mila is not a fan of ‘bits’!)
  2. Pour the hot water into a mug with the tea bags and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and reheat the tea in a pot on the stove.
  4. Remove from the stove and add the gelatine powder. Stir briskly with a fork until all the gelatine has dissolved.
  5. If you are using a sweetener, add it to the gelatine solution and stir to dissolve.
  6. Add the naartjie juice to the gelatine solution and stir.
  7. Pour the liquid into moulds or a bowl.
  8. Place in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours to set.

Enjoy (for breakfast, lunch or dinner)!




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