Inspired by Wellness Mama’s Healthy Jello recipe and [amazon_link id=”1936608758″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Diane Sanfilippo’s [/amazon_link]praise for [amazon_link id=”B001ELLBJS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Great Lakes Gelatin products[/amazon_link], the kids and I took a stab at creating what we eventually dubbed “applesauce gels.”

Although I am firmly committed to providing my children the most nourishing foods I can, I don’t want them to resent me for the food choices I make for them.  It’s a difficult balance as a parent, weighing their bodily needs with their psychosocial ones.  So, when the kids ask for a specific item that doesn’t meet my standards as something that would nourish their growing little bodies, I always try to find or develop something that meets my goals for their nourishment and their goals for fun.

They asked for “those jelly looking things that come with a lot of dyes in them and are in cups” and these gels are what me made instead.  They meet mom’s standards: well-sourced gelatin* has protein (6 grams per tablespoon for the Great Lakes product I used), aids in digestion, and contains some amino acids that help the body do what it needs to do.  (For more on the amino acid angle, check out this piece.)  They meet the kids’ standards because they were squishy and fun.  I made them in star molds, which added to their allure.

Here’s what we did.  Play with our recipe and see what you can come up with in your own kitchen!

Applesauce Gels

  • 3 medium to large apples
  • 1/2 c water, separated into two 1/4 c servings
  • 1 TBSP [amazon_link id=”B001ELLBJS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Great Lakes Gelatin[/amazon_link]
  1. Heat 1/4 c water on stove to boiling.  After it boils, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Core and dice apples.  (Peeling is optional depending on desired taste and consistency.  We didn’t peel ours.)
  3. Puree apples in Vitamix (or other high-powered blender) or food processor.  Optionally, you can juice them in a juicer but the finished product won’t be quite as applesauce-y.
  4. In a medium glass bowl, add gelatin to cold water.  Whisk constantly.
  5. When gelatin has dissolved, add the hot water and whisk again.  Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl because the gelatin gets sticky.
  6. Pour apple mixture into the water/gelatin blend and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Pour into a fun mold or an 8 to 9 inch baking dish.
  8. Set (flat!) in refrigerator until cooled and gelled.  (This should take a few hours.)


*Mama gets her gelatin from daily cups of bone broth.  I will share my techniques in a later post but here are some from other folks I respect:

Wellness Mama’s Bone Broth Tutorial

Diane Sanfilippo’s Mineral-Rich Bone Broth

The Paleo Mom’s Chicken Bone Broth

*This recipe is featured on Butter Believer’s Sunday School Blog Carnival for the week of October 14, 2012.

*This recipe can also be found on the AIP Recipe Roundtable #13 here!


7 Responses to “Applesauce Gels”

  1. on 16 Oct 2012 at 5:10 pmEmily @ ButterBeliever

    Totally gonna make these!! What a great idea. I’ve been stockpiling recipes to use with my Great Lakes gelatin cause my basic Jello gets kinda old after a while. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Sunday School!

  2. on 16 Oct 2012 at 5:40 pmKristine Rudolph

    Happily! Thanks for hosting.

  3. on 12 Feb 2014 at 8:31 pmEileen @ Phoenix Helix

    I love that you used the whole fruit, instead of just juice! Thanks for linking up to the AIP Recipe Roundtable.

  4. on 12 Feb 2014 at 9:03 pmKristine Rudolph

    Happily! Thanks for hosting!

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  6. on 28 Nov 2014 at 9:35 pmTiffany

    I was just wondering how these should be stored and how long they’re good for.

  7. on 29 Nov 2014 at 10:39 pmKristine Rudolph

    I put them in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap. I honestly couldn’t say how long they’d last, because ours got eaten pretty quickly. I wouldn’t keep them more than a few days.

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