I follow several health and health food blogs and I confess that when I first heard about gelatin, all I could think is “Jello Brand Gelatin.” I suppose that dates me. But, I’m just being honest!
I did a little research once I realized that there was a bit of a trend among health food “experts” that we should all be including gelatin in our diet. I was amazed to learn a few things about the benefits of gelatin:
– It supports skin, hair and nail growth
– It is good for joints and can help joint recovery
– It can help tighten loose skin (Two babies later, I sure hope so!)
– It can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track
– It is a source of protein–specifically, amino acids that can help build muscle
There are other benefits, some rumored (like helping remove cellulite) and others verified. There are enough verified ones that convinced me to incorporate it into our family’s diet. I never feel like my children get enough protein. So, that alone was reason to start using it!
Here is my children’s favorite gelatin recipe thus far. We call them chocolate bars. I wouldn’t recommend calling them that if your children are already familiar with actual chocolate bars. Chocolate squares or chocolate gelatin squares might work because I do believe that expectations matter. My children love them and consider them a treat and I’m thrilled for them to have them!
Here’s the recipe:
Chocolate Gelatin Squares
1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk
4.5 Tbsp pure cocoa powder OR 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (if you use chocolate chips, you won’t need as much sweetener)
1/4 cup + 2 tb organic cane sugar OR honey
¼ cup gelatin
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
If you use chocolate chips (which I have done recently), use a little butter or oil to melt the chocolate chips. Then, add all the ingredients except for the gelatin into a blender. Then, gradually add the gelatin until well blended.
Pour the mixture into a greased glass pan. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy! (Keep refrigerated.)
What healthy treat do you make for your children?
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