Fruity Gelatin - Phase 1 and Phase 3

Who doesn't love Jello? I remember as a kid, my grandparents would offer to take me to dinner or buy me one toy for my birthday. We lived way in the country and did not go out to eat much, so I always chose that.
My grandpa would drive us (Grandma was not allowed to drive, per Grandpa) in his Volkswagen Beetle to the next town over to a little place called The Wagon Wheel. 

Inside was cowboy themed and I don't remember what I would order to eat- mostly because my brother and I could not stop staring at the dessert case the entire meal. It was one of those counter top deals, with glass sides and door and it was lit up inside. They had Jello in sparkly glass footed sundae cups, red and green, and each had whipped cream on top. In my memory, the inside turned slowly so patrons could see each item. I am not sure if it really did or not. 
That Jello looked like gemstones to me. So pretty! 

My grandma would make Jello desserts sometimes- with fruit in it, or not. Later, in the 80's the Poke Cake came out. A baked white cake that you poke holes in with the handle of a wooden spoon. Then poured cooled but not set Jello into each hole and on the top and let it set up in the fridge. Then top with Cool Whip. Totally not FMD but fun memories! 

Now, you can make a healthy version of Jello. 

I would probably use this as a dessert and not a fruit serving. And remember, if you have a dessert on FMD, you need to do a second day of phase appropriate workout. 

You can use several different fruits with this. If you want to use something seedy, like blackberries or raspberries, after you puree them, push them through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. You will still keep the pulp and fiber. Or you can use a food mill to process the berries. 

And for a whipped topping- simply whip some coconut cream and sweetener until fluffy. It is SO good!

Fruity Gelatin
Phases 1 and 3 (depending on the fruit used)

1T Great Lakes Grass Fed Gelatin (in the red/orange can NOT the green can)
1/2 cup cold spring water
2 heaping cups fruit
1 cup spring water (you may not need it all)
1/4- 1/3 cup xylitol or stevia equivalent

Place the gelatin in a bowl with the 1/2 cup cold water. Stir together thoroughly and let it sit for 5 minutes. 

Puree your fruit and push through a fine mesh sieve. You want 1 1/2 cups of fruit puree. If you do not get that much add as much water as you need to get to 1 1/2 cups total.

If you are using xylitol or powder stevia, add the puree to a saucepan, along with the sweetener, and simmer over low heat just until the sweetener is dissolved. Be sure to stir the whole time.

Add this fruit mixture to the gelatin mixture and stir for at least one minute. Pour into jello mold or leave in the bowl to set up. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours to set. 

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