STRAWBERRY LIME FRUIT SNACKS (AIP, paleo)

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Ruby red and perfectly tangy, these fruit-filled jewels are a healthy upgrade from the sugar-filled, artificially flavored and colored jello that we all grew up with.  I have been playing around lately with different fruits and flavor profiles, but I have to say that this combination of strawberries and fresh lime is my favorite, and it’s just heavenly.  If the thought of jello makes you want to run the other way, I dare you to try these!  The texture is kind of like sorbet in a square, and the mix of strawberries and lime reminds me so much of the fruity daquiris that my parents used to make in the summertime when I was little, minus the rum of course (my dad would always make a non-alcoholic batch for us kids).

In addition to the strawberries, lime, and a touch of honey, my fruit snacks are made with wholesome grass fed gelatin.  Gelatin is a superfood that is loved for its anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, gut healing, joint rebuilding, and beautifying properties.  It’s also incredibly protein-rich, in that each tablespoon delivers 6 grams of protein, so it really is a staple for those of us who don’t eat nuts, legumes, or dairy, but want a protein-rich source other than meat or fish.  I try to consume a little bit of gelatin a few times per week, whether its in the form of homemade fruit snacks, via bone broth, or through a couple of tablespoons of collagen in my smoothie (collagen is the precursor to gelatin, and unlike gelatin, it dissolves in cold water).  Gelatin is also said to be a sleep aid, so I find these squares to be a perfect bedtime snack, and I have personally found that it does help deliver sound sleep!  You can read more about the health benefits of gelatin here.

Health benefits aside, my taste testers all agree that these Strawberry Lime Fruit Snacks are just plain yummy.  We never tire of eating them in my house, and they’ve even become our favorite snack to take to the beach- I just nestle the squares into a plastic storage container, and then sandwich the container between two ice packs in the cooler or insulated bag.  The fruit snacks hold up really well until we are ready to feast.

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 heaping cups frozen organic strawberries, thawed *

1/3-1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (use more or less depending on your taste)

1/4 cup grass fed gelatin (I use the Great Lakes brand, the red can)

2 tbsp honey

*feel free to use fresh strawberries if you wish, just be sure to hull them before putting them in the blender

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the strawberries in a large, shallow baking dish, and allow them to defrost either at room temperature, or by placing them in a warm oven until defrosted.  Once the berries are soft, puree them in a high speed blender or food processor, along with the lime juice.  You should end up with about 3 cups of puree.

2. Pour the pureed fruit back into the shallow baking dish, then sprinkle the gelatin over the top, to allow it to “bloom” for about 10 minutes.  This important step softens the gelatin, preventing it from sticking together in hard clumps when it is heated.  Once the 10 minutes have passed, stir the pureed fruit and gelatin well to combine.

3. Pour your mixture into a medium saucepan, and heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin has completely melted and everything is smooth.  You should not have any white, gelatinous clumps.

4. Remove the fruit and gelatin mixture from the heat, and stir in the honey until everything is well incorporated.  Do a taste test to see if you would like to add more lime juice or more honey.  Remember that the outcome will taste less sweet once it is cold.

5. Pour the mixture into an 8×8 ceramic or Pyrex baking dish, then place the dish in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, until it has set completely.

6. Cut your fruit snacks into squares, and enjoy!  I like to store my cut snacks in a plastic or Pyrex storage container in the fridge, where it will stay fresh for a week, although ours never lasts that long.

 

 

 

 

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