I believe that as a busy, multitasking mom, who cares about making healthy choices, you can enjoy the process of nourishing your family, not just feeding them. And don’t forget about you!
In this series, I dive I share a little background on the recipe, why I consider it to be a healthy / nourishing choice, list out the kitchen tools you will need, the ingredients you need, walk you through the instructions, and even some strategies on how to tweak or rock this recipe yourself…but as always, the full recipe, instructions, and even digital recipe cards are available on my blog.
This week’s blog is a two-for-one. Two jiggler recipes that you can whip up at the same time to have variation, or try one this week and another in the future.
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How This Recipe Came Into My Life
As a kid I loved fruit snacks. It was legit my favorite bonus to find in my lunchbox. But now as I know better, I avoid artificial flavoring, coloring, or added sugar for my son. But want him to have special treats he gets excited for just like I used to. But these recipes actually came into my life before he was even earthside with us.
I actually made the AXIO jigglers first. I made them a month before my due date, to try out the recipe. I loved them so much I kept making them from then until my due date (as we gobbled them up…because soooo yummy), with a plan to bring the current batch in with me to the labor & delivery room. Clean energy, plus a little beef gelatin power to keep me going…it was genius. Myself, my husband, and even our birth doula were able to pop a few jigglers during our 36 hour labor process, and I even had a few left for the next day in recovery. Hey, I am not a diva, but I wanted to stay hydrated and maintain power and energy throughout, and I really believe they helped me and my birth team.
Then, as I started following the Super Nutrition for Babies book and recipes, I discovered they had a Fruity Jigglers & Fruity Gummies recipe and remembered the nutritional power of good quality gelatin. Jigglers are a great snack between meals for him, or “dessert” on his dinner plate. He always goes for them first when he sees them.
PLUS both of these recipes are just generally yummy. SO when we have them in the fridge, all 3 of us can dip in to get a little nutritional or energy boost.
What’s Nourishing About This Recipe?
This is a gelatin based recipe. The gelatin I am recommending is not the bleached, artificially colored, over-sweetened JELL-O brand you may think of. Unprocessed gelatin is pure and whole and provides important amino acids, and serves as a fortifying and nourishing support for the digestive tract. So great for babies getting into foods, but also for parents on the go wanting a pre-workout snack that won’t fill you up, or a between-meal pick-me up. I suggest sourcing gelatin powder from responsibly farmed, pastured, grass-fed animals.
You know me. I am all about organic living for a number of reasons. So the fruits, coconut water, and gelatin I use will be organic. Don’t worry, I put some links and suggested sources below. But if you are just starting the journey to more organic living, start where you are, and as you know better, do better. No judgment.
Minimalist Kitchen Tools Needed
- Small saucepan (both recipes)
- Medium size bowl & fork or whisk (AXIO jigglers only)
- Cutting board & knife (for fruit jigglers only)
- Peeler (for fruit jigglers only)
- Hand masher, or handheld blender (for fruit jigglers only)
- Silicone molds of your preferred size (both recipes)
Ingredients To Make Sure You Have On Hand
- 4 pieces of medium sized pears and/or apples (organic if possible)
- 2 cups filtered water / or coconut water
- 6 teaspoons grass-fed beef gelatin powder
- Cinammon (optional)
- 3 packets of AXIO in your preferred flavor (decaf linked)
- 3 cups of filtered water (or coconut water if you prefer)
- ½ cup grass-fed beef gelatin powder
- Peel & chunk the fruit you will be using (if you have a juicer and would prefer a juice base, see below for ingredient swap-outs)
- Place the chunks of fruit in the saucepan, and cover the fruit with the water or coconut water
- Bring to a boil, then drop it down to medium-low heat (maybe a 3-5 level on most stoves)
- Simmer the fruit mixture (occasionally stirring) until the fruit feels soft enough to mash (roughly 1 hour)
- Sprinkle in cinnamon now if you want to use (optional)
- Take saucepan off the heat once the fruit is very soft, easily falling apart when stirred
- Once soft enough, you want to mash the fruit as small as possible, or use a hand immersion blender. (You can transfer to a medium bowl, if you don’t want to scratch your pan, depending on how you will be blending the gelatin in)
- Sprinkle in the gelatin, stirring or whisking as you go, to help it incorporate and dissolve. You don’t want gelatin chunks.
- Once the gelatin has absorbed into the liquid completely, pour mixture into mold or pan
- Place the molds / pan on flat surface in the refrigerator for 3 hours to achieve desired texture
- Once they are firm, you can slice with a knife into small squares, put into a sealed container and store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days tops (in our experience they go much faster than this)
- Mix up 3 AXIO packets with 3 cups of filtered water or coconut water in medium bowl
- Make sure any lumps dissolve – you can whisk with a fork
- Add ½ cup of gelatin powder to the liquid and keep whisking
- Pour the mixture into the small saucepan until any gelatin lumps dissolve (you may need to whisk a bit)
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds or silicone pan
- Place the molds / pan into freezer for 10 minutes
- Once they are frozen, you can put into a sealed container and store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days tops (in our experience they go much faster than this)
Ingredient & Equipment Swap-Outs
- I don’t eat sugar, but do eat animal protein. So if you need an alternative gelatin option for a vegan diet, agar agar & pectin are popular alternatives.
- The jigglers can also be made with the same amount of liquid in the form of fresh juice instead of my simple puree option. If you have a juicer and want to go that route then 2 pears or apples should yield about 2 ½ cups. I do have a juicer, but most minimal kitchens don’t so the puree options works well. Play around to find your favorite texture for these snacks.
- The best fruits for the puree method would be pears, apples, or berries. Tropical fruits are not ideal as they are so enzyme-rich it breaks down the gelatin and never becomes firm.
- You can also consider making jigglers with bone broth, stock, or even veggies to have a savory option. Get creative.
- If you and your littles like the texture, you can even use the jiggler liquid to add in vitamin powder, prebiotic or probiotic, or supplements you want. It’s worth a shot, if that’s a struggle otherwise.
- If you don’t have silicone molds, but have larger silicone pans on hand? You can just pour the mixture into a pan, place it in the refrigerator or freezer as directed, on a flat surface, and once they are gelled, cut them up with a knife or pizza cutter. If you don’t have silicone items, I would recommend glass as a back-up. A 8×8 glass pan would be a great option. I haven’t tried it, but feel like the jigglers would stick to metal cookie sheets or pans.
Let’s Make Sure You Got It All
I shot this video to make sure you got it all, and are ready to jump in to making this simple nourishing recipe, without any hiccups.
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How Can You Introduce This To Your Family?
What If Nutrition Could Impact Your Genetics Positively?
Did you know that on top of sharing free tips, recipes, and health hacks, I also help multitasking moms explore how good their body and mind can feel, by harnessing the power of nutrigenomics (big word, looking at how nutrition and natural compounds can positively impact the proper expression of our genes)? I also call it biohacking.
The best way for us to see if a custom biohacking starter kit would make sense for you, is for us to hop on a free Focus & Power Up Call. In 15 minutes, I ask questions and help you get to the heart of what is holding you back from being at your peak energy, focus, clarity, motivation, and overall health.
I also give you permission now and always, to ditch the mom guilt for taking care of yourself. The best thing you can do for your kiddos and family is to role model healthy habits, boundaries, and priorities. The ripple effect for yourself and the next generation is worth it.