Summer has really hit my neck of the woods with a vengeance. 90 degrees has become the norm and the mercury (well, I guess most thermometers don’t use mercury anymore, right?) has even topped 100 a few times.
Not good baking weather, eh?
It’s hard because my boys are involved in a lot of sports this year and boy-oh-boy are they craving treats.
They are super hungry from all the physical activity, but mom is hot and really doesn’t want to be turning the oven on to bake cookies, bars, or anything of the sort.
Really, once the weather gets above 80 degrees, my oven basically goes on vacation–especially since we got our last electric bill. Sigh.
Well, if you’re like me and are trying to provide healthy, simple snacks for yourself and your family during the summer months, then this recipe is for you.
My boys love this recipe. I “found” it when one of them was sick. You know –one of those “I don’t want to eat anything” days. I got out an old box of gelatin that I’d had sitting in my cupboard, took a tour of the internet looking for a way to make my own gelatin, and after tinkering for a bit, we settled on this recipe.
This gelatin really hits the spot and we’ve been making it on and off ever since. I hope you enjoy it as well.
Homemade Lemon or Lime “Jello” or Gelatin Squares
Makes 2 8×8 square pans of dessert.
– Stevia is super sweet. One scoop is only 1/32 of a teaspoon and equals about 2 Tbsp of sugar. These tiny measuring spoons are on my shopping list to make scooping stevia more convenient.
– I recommend using Great Lakes Gelatin. It’s made from pastured cows from Argentina that haven’t been treated with antibiotics or hormones. One money saving tip: You can save by purchasing a large container. According to the company, gelatin doesn’t spoil :-)!
Of course, you can make Homemade “Jello” with regular or whole juice as well. I’m working on that recipe and hope to have it to share soon.
This recipe is super versatile. You can add chopped fruit to this prior to chilling, but don’t use fresh pineapple because the enzymes in it will cause the gelatin not to set. Canned pineapple is fine.
One fun serving idea is to purchase small ice cube molds and pour the gelatin into them for molding. Or, you can use cookie cutters to cut the gelatin squares into fun shapes!
Looking for other “No Bake” Summer Recipes to feed your hungry brood (or yourself)? How about:
- Very Berry Mousse
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Coconut Squares (like Almond Joy)
- Almond Butter Truffles
- Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Do you have a favorite No Bake Summer Treat?
Adrienne Urban of Whole New Mom is a wife and a homeschooling mother of two boys, one of whom has Asperger’s and life-threatening food allergies. In her past life she worked in the financial services industry and also taught in Japan. She has a passion to help others navigate the sea of information on the road to healthier lives while trusting God for the results of their efforts. Because she loves to (and can’t afford not to :-)), she specializes in frugal living and simplifying special diets (allergen-, gluten- and sugar-free). You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.