Probiotic, Gut Healing Jellies – 2 Ways!

Gelatin is super healing for the gut and both kefir and kombucha are fermented probiotic drinks so combining these ingredients with no added sugar is about as perfect a healthy treat as you can get. The benefits of healing your gut and of fermented foods for mental health is clear and I have written about it many times. Not only that but they are so quick and easy to make and you can adjust the flavours to your own personal tastes.

Both kefir and kombucha are easy and cheap to make yourself or you can buy them ready made.

My oldest daughter loves the raspberry kefir ones, and everyone loves the kombucha ones (the raspberry flavour is the all round favourite but my son likes blueberry).

Raspberry Kefir Jellies:

Ingredients

1 cup raspberries

1 cup milk kefir (I use goats milk but any kind, even coconut milk will work)

1 cup water

2 tablespoons gelatin (I use the Great Lakes brand – the red one)

1 teaspoon Acai Berry Blend (this really deepens the flavour and adds extra antioxidants and vitamin C . You might need to use more raspberries otherwise to get a great flavour)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder

sprinkle of cinnamon

Method

Heat the raspberries in a small saucepan on low-medium heat until they break down into a sauce. Mash any of them that have held their shape with a spoon.

Add in the acai berry blend, vanilla and cinnamon and stir until combined.

Mix the gelatin with the water and then add this to the raspberry mixture and stir.

Remove from the heat and stir in the kefir until everything is well combined.

Note: the gelatin mixture should not be hot. It only has to be slightly warm for the gelatin to dissolve. If it is hot then let it cool down before adding in the kefir so that you preserve the probiotics.

Taste and add in more cinnamon if necessary.

Pour into a square baking tin lined with baking paper (I use the If You Care brand because it is toxin free) or into small moulds.

Pop into the fridge to set. It doesn’t take much longer than an hour.

Cut into small squares and enjoy! Store in the fridge.

 

Kombucha Jellies

Kombucha Jellies

Ingredients

1 cup kombucha – any flavour that tickles your fancy.

1 cup water

2 tablespoons gelatin

 

 

Method

Mix gelatin into the water and then warm in a small saucepan to heat until the gelatin has completely dissolved.

Remove from heat and stir in the kombucha.

Note: The gelatin mixture only needs to be warmed slightly for it to dissolve. If it has heated up too much then let it cool before adding the kombucha to preserve the probiotics.

Pour into a square baking tin lined with baking paper or into moulds.

Set in the fridge.

When set, cut into small squares or any shape you like!

Store in the fridge.

These are fine to pop into lunchboxes and make a great, healthy treat.

 

If you want to make chocolate jellies which are not probiotic but are still healthy and delicious you can check out this recipe that I posted on my facebook page.

 

Make sure you let me know if you make either of these or what other delicious flavours you try. I love reading comments here on the blog post, seeing pics posted on my facebook page and being tagged in your instagram photos @thenourishedpsychologist

 

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73 thoughts on “Probiotic, Gut Healing Jellies – 2 Ways!

  1. Do you leave the mixture to cool before you add the delicate live portion of the recipe? You could to kill the good bacteria.

      • Hi Monique
        Any chance I could make this with water kefir and coconut milk as opposed to water and coconut milk kefir? Thanks

        • I can’t see why not!
          Just keep the ratio of liquid to gelatin the same.
          I make chocolate ones with coconut cream and they work perfectly.

  2. What is a serving size? Would they be safe for a 3 year old? Are they a one a day at bedtime or anytime a couple times a day?
    My toddler has had severe gastrointestinal issues since birth and is currently on a low sugar & nearly dairy free diet. She eats flax seed meal or chia seeds in or on everything and takes a store bought gummy probiotic every night before bed.

    • They are fine for a 3 year old.
      I have no idea of serving size though. My kids eat maybe 2 or 3 a day when we have them?
      Anytime would be fine. They are more of a healthy treat than a supplement.

      • Monique, when I clicked on the link (for the Acai berry blend), it took me to coconut oil! I did finally find the search feature (tho it eluded me at first), and found it. But since it didn’t come up for me, and at first I had a hard time finding it, thought I’d mention it.

      • What website do you go to to buy the acai berry blend? Can the gelatin be bought anywhere? The kefir you said you use goats milk or can be used coconut milk. Do you then buy the milk and make into kefir and where to go to learn how to make kefir? Thank you

        • I buy the acai berry blend from here: http://bit.ly/1LRPHmp
          I make my own kefir although you can buy it from some delis or health food shops. It can be made from kefir grains or you can get a kefir started powder. If you google it you will find heaps of information.

  3. Using milk kefir this way is a brilliant idea, thanks. I consider kombucha to be something you need a gradual introduction to while your gut learns to cope with it. Wouldn’t there be a risk of people’s stomachs reacting to the kombucha jellies too?

    • It is one cup of kombucha and it makes loads of jellies so it would be a pretty gradual introduction.
      Any fermented food needs to be introduced slowly.

  4. I love the idea of prebiotic jellies but am so not gonna use gelatin! As a vegan I’d be looking for an alternative and am hoping totry this with agar agar. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  5. I have the green gelatin- is there any way to make this with those? This sounds great for my kids!

    • They are fermented drinks. If you google them there is plenty of information.
      I make my own but you can buy both of them in various places. like health food shops, delis etc,

  6. Hello!

    I followed the recipe exactly and my gummies didn’t set, just stayed a liquid goo. What could I have done wrong? Can I save them? Thanks so much.

  7. This sounds really interesting. Do you happen to have any recipes for using left over scoby to make probiotic jelly snacks that taste ok?

    • I just cut and then compost my scoby when it gets too big. A bit on our strawberries helps them grow well too.
      I am assuming you mean the actual scoby not the kombucha?

  8. Using kefir in cooked foods is not recommended. Temperatures of 30 degrees celcius (86 degrees farenheit) and over are detrimental to the bacteria in kefir. Temperatures 43 degrees celcius (110 degrees farenheit) destroy kefir bacteria completely.

    • This isn’t cooked and it isn’t even hot. The gelatin doesn’t need a lot of heat to dissolve.
      I can stick my finger in it or take a sip from a spoon and it is only just warm. Let it cool down before you add the kefir if you need to.

      • I agree, Kay, I would measure the temp. and not add the Kombucha or Kefir until it had cooled substantially. Sorry Monique, but your recipe sounds quite casual and not very informed. If you want your readers and your own kids to really benefit, you might want to research more of the finer details. Just a friendly suggestion.

        • I am well aware of not heating probiotic foods or drinks.
          The gelatin mixture never gets hot. Not even very warm. It only has to warm slightly for the gelatin to dissolve.
          I have added this into the recipe in case people aren’t aware.

  9. Fantastic! Thank you and I understand the heating process. Great idea and I can’t wait to try it.

  10. I made the milk kefir ones, and instead of raspberries an the acai berry blend. I used blueberry applesauce I had made. My nephews enjoyed the kombucha jellies better, but boy I loved those kefir ones (and if you leave them for a week, they keep fermenting and become tingly!!! just to prove that they are still alive)

    • Gelatin is extremely healthy. It is great for gut health.
      Look for a good quality powder not the sheets that you get in the supermarket.
      Most people use the red Great Lakes brand or there is another Australian one that is grass fed but I can’t think of the brand at the moment.

        • No, it is an organic, grass fed powdered gelatin. Not jelly crystals like you buy from the supermarket.
          The red colour is from the raspberries.

  11. Just found your blog and wanted to know more about the types of organic gelatin mentioned. I am vegan but want the benefits of the gelatin as my skin has lost much of its tightness and my joints are worn out!! Any suggestions?? Thanks–Charlotte

    • Hi Charlotte,
      The gelatin mentioned here is animal based. You can use agar-agar for vegan options but as far as I am aware it doesn’t have the same health benefits.

  12. Can u use Knox galation for this I haven’t heard of this agar agar or seen land o lakes is it a galation like u make hello with mine is clear .and u resolve it in water also .please let me know .

    • I have never heard of knox gelatin but it sounds like it should work.
      If it is a sheet of gelatin and not the powder then I wouldn’t know how much to use and it may not have the same health benefits but it should still work.

    • I assume health food shops in England would sell Kombucha or find someone with a scoby and you can make your own.
      Not sure if nutra organics ship to England – you could contact them and ask otherwise you should find some sort or acai powder at a health food shop. Or raspberry powder maybe?

  13. Hi monique,
    What about Irish moss, to make the jellies with coconut cream or milk with fresh blue, black or rasberries?

    • I am not sure what Irish moss does?
      If you keep a 2 cup liquid to 2 – 3 tablespoons gelatin ratio you can use any flavours you like.

  14. I tried the raspberry kefir recipe. I didn’t have the acai blend or the vanilla powder, but I used extra fruit, raw honey and vanilla extract. Came out pretty good. Also, I added a tbsp of chia seeds as well. Not bad! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. I absolutely love the end product of the way these jellies look. They are so aesthetic looking when you’ve cut them the way you did. I can’t wait to try this at home! Thank you for sharing this recipe, and I am more than happy I have another avenue for which to get my probiotics from!

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