On a recent trip to Dollar General (outside of San Antonio) for some supplies for a holiday recipe, we were inspired by the cranberry jelly. Every Thanksgiving, I grew up having a wobbly cranberry sauce that slid from a can onto a serving dish…and it was pretty tasty. But I wanted to make something a little more than that fo rmy kids.
I already had cranberry jelly at home, and since we were about to leave to drive to Florida, I didn’t want to stock up on more pantry goods, so I used what I already had. Still, the recipe should work with DG cranberry jelly too, or whatever kind you like.
One of the snacks my kids like to have sometimes is those little mandarin oranges in a jar. (Some Dollar General stores carry them in juice like what we buy, but others only have the “light syrup” kind… so double check yours.) Since I do get the kind in juice, I like to use the juice versus throwing it out… we almost never actually buy bottles of juice, so it is a treat, and those jars of mandarin oranges, while affordable, are far more expensive than fresh fruit. So I want to use every bit.
Often, I just end up making gelatin from the juice. My kids both love it, and I’m happy that they’re getting all of the goodness of grass-fed gelatin. Great for joints, nails, hair, really healing, and protein sparing!
So I decided to combine that idea with the cranberry jelly I already had. They (and my husband) ate the whole thing that night. So I’d say it was a success.
Healthy Cranberry Orange Gelatin – Quick and Easy Dessert
- 2 cups of cranberry jelly
- 1 cup of juice from mandarin oranges
- 3 Tbsp gelatin
- mandarin oranges
- Warm the cranberry jelly gently, until melted and warm throughout, but not boiling.
- Stir in the powdered gelatin until dissolved.
- Pour the juice into the cranberry mixture, and stir until combined.
- Place in a container (all I had was a tupperware type thing, since we’re on the road) in the fridge to set for a while.
- When the gelatin dessert is set, dip the container into hot water to loosen, then flip onto a dish.
- Garnish with mandarin oranges, and cut to serve.
I hope your family likes this as much as my family did!
Thanks for the inspiration, Dollar General !