The weekend is coming to an end and I don’t want it to! It’s been a weekend full of smiles, happiness and these delicious Vegan Friendly Mixed Berry Jellies.
With a week of sickness and not wanting a winter full of germs, I am now trying to find ways to sneak vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into EVERYTHING! I am determined to make it through winter germ free! Fruit jellies seems to be a bit of a hit at the moment and are a perfect way to sneak a few extra nutrients into our kiddos!
Agar powder is a wonderful wee thing! Expensive, but wonderful. It’s made from a plant so it is full of fibre (vegan friendly), it’s great for your gut, is everything free (fat, sugar, gluten etc) as well as being a great source of calcium and iron plus a whole bunch of other things. If that doesn’t knock your socks off then knowing that it sets in like… less than 10 minutes might!
You can change this up by using different fruits such as apples, pears, oranges, kiwi. Whatever you’ve got on hand can be turned into nutritious wee jelly treats for little tums! Have a wee play around and experiment with different flavour combinations as well as different shaped silicone moulds! It is a super cute and fun way to change up the daily lunchbox. Megan from All Things Lunch has a wonderful range that you can create Vegan Friendly Mixed Berry Jellies with!
Gelatine is also incredibly beneficial! It’s great for your gut, digestion, joints and a whole lot of other things. If all you have on hand is gelatine, thats cool! You might want to jump onto google and have a wee search for a gelatine based jelly recipe!
What you’ll need
– 1 cup of mixed berries, fresh or frozen. If using frozen then defrost them before using
– 1 cup of blueberries, again, fresh or frozen!
– 90 mls of water
– 1 Tbsp agar powder.
– Silicone moulds for setting. We got ours from All Things Lunch
optional- a little bit of pure maple syrup for sweetness
What to do
– Blitz your mixed berries, blueberries and water in a food processor until smooth.
– Grab a sieve, whack it over a bowl and tip in your berry juice. Use the back of a spoon to push it all through. You’ll be left with the pips and skins that didn’t get mulched. Chuck em in the compost or the bin!
– Add your berries to a pot with 1 Tbsp of agar powder and give it a good whisk. If you’re using honey, add this in as well! You’ll need the mix to simmer so bring the pot up to temperature then let it simmer for 30 seconds before removing from the heat.
– Working quickly (because agar sets quite fast!), evenly divide your mix between your moulds and leave them to set. Agar sets at room temp so you can leave them on the bench or pop them in the fridge to set them faster.
– Turn them out of the moulds once set and if they’re not devoured instantly, pop them into an airtight container and they’ll keep in the fridge for a week or two.