Sunday, July 11, 2010

Finger Jell-O Fruit Bar

I saw this recipe on the Kraft website a few weeks ago and I knew I needed to try it as a sugar free variety. I made the strawberry variety a couple weekends ago for a potluck and it was super delicious.  Yesterday I made some orange flavored ones for my Grandmother's 84th Birthday Picnic and they were very good too.  Just so refreshing on a hot summer day! Try these, you'll fall in love!

The Base Recipe
2 boxes sugar free Jell-O
2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 cups chopped fruit

Empty all gelatin packets into a 9x13 pan (or whatever you want to use to mold your bars) and slowly add the boiling water. Stir until all gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Chop all fruit into small bite size pieces. You may use fresh or canned fruits, it doesn't matter. [If you're using fruit packed in it's own juice or water, save those drippings for the protein shake recipe coming tomorrow.]  Once gelatin is dissolved, add fruit to the mixture and spread out until all fruit is covered and evenly distributed. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours until Jell-O is set.  Cut into squares or bars and eat with your fingers!

Now- let the experimenting begin!  Here are some flavor combinations... OK, let's actually do it by color:

1 box strawberry Jell-O
1 box raspberry Jell-O
Fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries

1 box orange Jell-O
1 box apricot Jell-O
Fruit: mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, apricots

2 boxes lemon Jell-O
Fruit: pineapple tidbits, pears, peaches

2 boxes lime Jell-O
Fruit: kiwi, crushed pineapple, green grapes (quartered)

See... the possibilities are endless.  Share your ideas too!

NOTE:  you can adjust the recipe for size too. If you're taking these to a potluck picnic and sharing with lots of people, use 3 boxes of Jell-O and 3 packages of Knox and more fruit. Or if you're making it for yourself, cut the recipe in half.  The orange jell-o I made yesterday was the 3-box variety and it was just the right amount for the picnic of 15 people.

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