So good – it’ll have the kids fooled
Tomorrow my son turns four! What an amazing four years we have had! In the last 12 months we have had a massive overhaul of the food we consume, having a huge reduction in the amount of processed foods and foods with “hidden” sugar.
I’ve never been keen on giving him lollies, but at the same time don’t want him to feel as though he is missing out. This year he asked “mum, at my party can we have some lollies?” I was stuck, his little face looking up at me, those eyes…oh gosh… those eyes.
So, I started googling different recipes for jelly lollies without added nasties, and kept having epic fails, where all I could taste was the honey, or the gelatine (vomit).
But then, today, the day before the party I had a win! Chocolate AND lolly what more could he want? After making them I let him have a taste test to which he responded with “yum, yum pigs bum! Thank you mumma these are the best!” so, a clear win for me.
Here is what I did:
- 270ml coconut milk
- 3 tbsp powdered gelatine
- 1 tbsp honey (or other sweetener: stevia, coconut sugar etc)
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp vanilla essence (can also use vanilla powder, just add half)
Put coconut milk and honey into a small saucepan (do not add heat), sprinkle gelatine over the top and leave sit for about 5 minutes.
Add low heat – stir mixture until it becomes liquid again, do NOT boil. Add remaining ingredients and stir through. Make sure you taste the liquid – add additional vanilla/sweetener to taste.
Pour into moulds and place into the fridge, they will set within half an hour.
You could also try with different liquids, just remember the general rule, 1 cup liquid, 3 tbsp gelatine powder. I cannot stress it enough – taste test before you let them set to ensure the flavour is palatable.
Wish me luck – I still need to make the cake, and finish glowing up balloons.