Homemade Healthy Orange Jello is a fun and delicious treat. Skip the packaged jello mixes and make your own using quality ingredients. This recipe is paleo and gluten-free with no refined sugars.

homemade orange jello on a table.

I am a huge fan of gummy snacks! I just love the texture of gummy bears, jello, and gummy fruit snacks. One of the most popular recipes on my site is for my CBD Gummies.

There is just something fun and tasty about the flavor and texture of this type of snack. If you agree, then I think you’ll love this recipe for Homemade Healthy Jello.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Making homemade jello over the boxed version allows you to have control over the ingredients, including using 100% fruit juice, honey or maple sugar as the sweetener, and grass-fed gelatin for the gelling agent. 
  • It is especially important to use grass-fed gelatin whenever possible, meaning that the ingredients come from cattle were raised on grass.
  • Gelatin from grass fed animals can benefit your health including helping to heal the gut. Collagen and gelatin can also benefit the skin and improve wound healing. Learn more about collagen supplements and potential side effects.
  • The other reason you might want to make a homemade paleo jello is to avoid the cost of a packaged and processed food. This recipe is just as easy as making the boxed jello, I promise!

Key Ingredients

freshly squeeze orange juice in a juicer.

You’ll need 2 1/2 cups of fruit juice for your homemade jello. You can use fresh juice or bottled juice, but try to find juice with no added sugar.

You will also need gelatin for your healthy jello. I recommend Vital Proteins grass-fed gelatin.

Lastly, you may want to use a sweetener for your jello, especially if you use a juice that is not very sweet, such as pomegranate juice. I recommend using a bit of honey or maple syrup.

Recipe Steps

Step One

Measure out your juice or use a juicer to juice your fruit. See my list of the best juicer blenders or how to juice with a Vitamix.

Step Two 

Combine the ingredients into a medium saucepan, whisking the gelatin to make sure there are no clumps.

saucepan with ingredients for making homemade jello.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Next, pour the mixture into a glass baking dish to set.

You can put your homemade jello in the freezer or the refrigerator. If you put it in the freezer, the homemade jello should be ready to eat in just about an hour.

homemade orange jello in a baking dish to set.

Step Four

The last step is to just slice the jello and serve it.

This recipe is such a great healthy snack for kids and adults! I hope your family loves it as much as mine does.

And, if you want more healthy snack ideas, be sure to check out my entire list of gluten-free and dairy-free snacks.

serving of homemade healthy orange jello slices on a plate

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Store any leftover jello in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Feel free to use whatever type of juice you like. The only juices that don’t work great for making jello include pineapple juice, guava juice, papaya juice, mango juice, and kiwi juice.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make other flavors of homemade jello besides orange?

Yes, absolutely! You just need to use about 2 cups of juice to 1/4 cup of gelatin per batch.

What brand of gelatin do you like?

I like any brand that is certified grass fed and GMO-free. Vital Proteins is a great brand. 

Can I use collagen protein to make homemade jello?

You need to use the gelatin type of collagen to make homemade jello.

Is homemade jello vegan?

No, because gelatin is made from animals. If you want to make vegan jello, you have to use a product like agar agar powder. See my recipe for Vegan Gummies or Vegan Panna Cotta.

squares of orange homemade jello.

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orange jello slices on a plate

Homemade Healthy Orange Jello

Homemade Healthy Orange Jello is a fun and delicious treat. Skip the packaged jello mixes and make your own using quality ingredients. This recipe is paleo and gluten-free with no refined sugars.

  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the juice and honey to a gentle simmer.
  2. Slowly pour in the gelatin and whisk briskly to prevent clumping.
  3. Turn off the heat continue whisking until the ingredients are combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 8-inch by 8-inch glass dish.
  5. Freeze the jello for at least 1 hour or refrigerate for at least 3 hours before slicing and serving.

Notes

  1. Store any leftover jello in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  2. Feel free to use whatever type of juice you like. The only juices that don’t work great for making jello include pineapple juice, guava juice, papaya juice, mango juice, and kiwi juice.

Keywords: paleo jello, homemade orange jello, grass-fed jello

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