They are one of the few packaged snacks that I’m still a slave to. I’ve tried every decent brand of every family size yoghurt tub on the market and cannot for the life of me get my kids to eat any other variety. I haven’t tried making my own yoghurt as yet but I noticed Coles has yoghurt making kits on special this week so that’s next on my ‘to do list.’ There are lots of brands making these squeezie yoghurts now but I prefer these above all the others as they contain a lot more actual fruit and a lot less sugar, no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and of course, they are organic. They are not cheap though and I loathe the amount of wastage the packages create, which is why I invested in the reusable pouches pictured above. They are from an Australian company called Sinchies who produce these BPA free pouches in various sizes. The ones pictured are 80ml. They are fairly inexpensive, great for on the go and definitely a more environmentally friendly option than buying the throwaway kind – that is, if you can find something your kids will eat from them!
Enter – JELLY!
The problem with commercially made jellies and jelly crystals, is that they’re full of absolute junk. Even the new lines made from natural colours and flavours are still full of refined sugar. So you can imagine my joy when I discovered this post from Alexx Stuart about her secret to healthy, yummy homemade jelly.
Finally something delicious yet nourishing to fill my Sinchies with that the kids go nuts for! Alexx posted some gorgeous recipes but I wanted to keep things pretty simple for my boys so here is what I did…
APPLE & PEAR JELLY
3 small red apples
3 small pears
1.5 tablespoons Great Lakes unflavoured gelatine This is produced from grass fed, happy cows and you can buy it from here Kitsa’s Kitchen It’s a premium quality gelatine so it’s not cheap but it is full of protein and so good for you. This is what takes the jelly from a sweet treat to a substantial snack.
(You can of course make a vegetarian/vegan version using agar agar.)
Juice the fruit to make two cups.
Heat one cup gently on the stove.
Remove from heat and quickly whisk in gelatine.
Add this to the remaining cup of juice, stir well and pour into pouches, cups, moulds etc…
Refrigerate until set.
Makes 8 x 80ml jelly snacks
Note: *I only used 1.5 tablespoons of gelatine so that the jelly would be easy to squeeze out of the pouches. For a firmer jelly, use two tablespoons.
*If you don’t have a juicer you could definitely use a nice cold pressed, organic juice from the supermarket. This will also give your jelly a less cloudy appearance and be every bit as delicious!
I’m sure there’s a million more flavour combos you could come up with. I’ll post more as I invent them and please share your ideas too!