Gelatinous Gut Goodness – Dinosaur Chews

I’ve always shied away from using powdered gelatin in recipes, possibly due to years of watching Masterchef competitors screw up panna cottas. If they couldn’t get it right, surely I wouldn’t be able to!

I am aware of the health benefits of gelatin, and have been making my own chicken bone broth for some months, which is much cheaper than buying packaged chicken stock. I take a particular pride in achieving a golden ‘gel’ on the top of my ten-hour broth. Georgia at Well Nourished has provided an excellent overview of the benefits of bone broth and a recipe. She also provides ideas on how to use bone broth every day. In my experience, you don’t need to use a freshly cooked chicken carcass and bones. When we roast a whole organic chicken, or bake a batch of chicken wings, I save and freeze all the bones in giant ziplock bags. First thing on stock day, I simply dump the frozen bones into my massive stock pot, along with the frozen vegetable odds and ends that I’ve saved along the way (carrot peel, celery ends, onion and garlic peel, herbs). Georgia suggests using apple cider vinegar, which helps to extract the gelatin from the bones.

Powdered gelatin, however, has never been on the menu, until I came across this recent article by Sarah Wilson and her recipe for coffee almond gummy squares. I have been wanting to make a healthy ‘lolly’ for my kids, so I used Sarah’s easy method to make gelatin chews in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavours. In dinosaur moulds, of course.

Gelatin Dinosaur Chews

I have included below the specific ingredients I used in each of the flavour variations, and Sarah Wilson’s easy method for making the mixture. Pour the mixture into moulds and refridgerate to set. Unless you are using a flexible mould tray, they won’t pop out, but should be easy to ‘peel’ out with a little encouragement.

Chocolate Almond Chews

      • 1 tbsp powdered gelatin (I used this good quality brand of gelatin, which was also recommended by Sarah. It’s expensive but will last for ages!)
      • 25ml water
      • 1 tbsp raw cacao
      • 1/3 cup almond milk (or any type of milk you like)
      • 1 tsp rice malt syrup

Strawberry Smoothie Chews

  • 1 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 25ml water
  • 3 – 4 large strawberries
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or any type of milk you like)

I found this version didn’t need any rice malt syrup. I blitzed up the strawberries and almond milk in the blender before heating.

Vanilla Coconut Chews

    • 1 tbsp powdered gelatin
    • 25ml water
    • Pinch vanilla
    • 1/3 cup coconut milk
    • 1 tsp rice malt syrup

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