Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Real Food Series: Orange Jelly Cubes

Based on my nourishing orange jelly recipe and a little inspiration from here and here (thanks Meagan).

A wonderful snack in between meals, even better when served with a spoonful or two of unprocessed cream or a glass of unprocessed milk. I made these for Olly who competes in adventure races as an alternative to the racing 'goos' that all his mates eat. I plan to make some adding in milk/ cream and sea salt to make it more balanced and replenishing. 

The bovine gelatin provides an uninflammatory protein source and the orange juice a beneficial sugar......

Orange juice (fresh; not from a concentrate) contains an ideal ratio of glucose to fructose, a hefty amount of potassium, magnesium and is of course rich in vitamin C. Orange juice is pro-thyroid (the high magnesium works with the thyroid to moderate stress) and like sucrose increases glucuronic acid.......Fresh orange juice can significantly reduce the stress hormones responsible for poor glucose tolerance. In conjunction with nutrient-dense foods (shellfish, eggs, dairy, liver on occasion) sugars can help rehabilitate the metabolism and suppress degenerative stress hormones." Emma Sgourakis 

From the pantry 
5-6 tablespoons bovine gelatin
1 cup freshly squeezed and strained orange juice
3 tablespoons raw honey
pinch of salt

Let's Begin

1. Dissolve gelatin in about 1/3 cup of the orange juice over low heat. Turn off heat once dissolved. 

2. Add in honey and once dissolved, add in the rest of the ingredients 
3. Pour into a shallow dish/ plate and place in fridge to set for an hour or so.
4. Remove (I run a knife around the side) and cut into pieces or strips.
5. Store in glass container in the fridge and enjoy

Read my post here on thyroid health and what you can uncover by taking your temperature


  1. These sound like a really lovely little snack/treat. I will have to give these a try thank you for sharing the recipe Natalie.:)

  2. brilliant! made these up in five minutes flat this morning along with more orange jelly (can't get enough of it!). when would you add the cream? mix it in at the end?

  3. Hello Natalie, these are fabulous. A big hit in our household. Now, I was going to experiment tonight but didn't have enough oranges to make two batches, can you tell me how much milk you add and do you just put it in at end with rest of orange juice? Thanks for sharing such a nourishing, simple and delicious snack idea. Ange x

    1. Hi Ange, So sorry for my late reply. I would add equal parts orange juice to milk - yes just add it at the end and mix well. Glad you like them! x

  4. Natalie, these are even more delicious with the added goodness of milk!!


Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. I love hearing from you and will respond to any questions in the comments sections. Natalie

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