Monday, March 19, 2007

Pomegranate Gelee

Straight from the back of the Knox Gelatin box, this jello, or gelatin to be more generic, if made with good, unsweetened, low to medium glycemic fruit juices, can be a healthy boon to those of us who have the unfortunate dilemma of sugar intolerance combined with an incorrigible sweet tooth.

Pomegranate has been shown to have many health attributes as well as being in the medium range on the Glycemic Index.

Now, this is not to say that pomegranate juice is low in calories. The kind I used, Knudsen's Just Pomegranate, has 150 calories per 8-ounce serving and 36 grams of fruit sugar carbs. As in, no sugar was added to the juice; those 36 grams are in the juice. But, as can be seen by clicking on the above links, pomegranate juice has great antioxident health properties and is much, much better for you than, say, a can of soda.

And by making this juice into gelatin, you can stop by the fridge, pop a few into your mouth to satisfy a sweet craving, and then be on your way.

To eat one of these jiggly little cubes is delightful. They're tartly sweet, richly satisfying, taste of pure pomegranate, and they're RED!


Pomegranate No-Added-Sugar Gelee
Recipe adapted by Christine from Knox Gelatin
Ingredients:
1 32-ounce bottle of Knudsen's Just Pomegranate juice
4 packets Knox Gelatin (there are 4 packets in a small box)
4 packets Splenda
Preparation:
Sprinkle the gelatin over 1 cup of room temperature pomegranate juice and let sit for 1 minute to allow the gelatin to soften.
At the same time, pour the remaining 3 cups of the pomegranate juice into a 4-cup glass measuring cup and microwave on high for about 4 minutes or until the juice comes to just under a boil. The same may be achieved on a stove top if you prefer.
Pour the heated juice into the gelatin mixture and stir until all the gelatin has dissolved.
Pour into a mold of your choosing. I used a glass, 13x9-inch pan.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, cut into cubes and store in small containers so you're not tempted to eat all of them at once.



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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks really mouth watering Christine much better than turkish delight.
Anne

FarmgirlCyn said...

I actually just bought my first bottle of 100% pomegranate juice, but my motives were not as pure as yours. My juice was for a pomegranate vodka martini! A noble cause, to be sure, but not nearly as healthy as yours!!!

Mimi said...

Oh, my Christine, just what I was looking for!

I have been 90 percent carb-free for four weeks now, and getting tired of sugar-free jello and light Cool Whip.

Thank you. Such color and beauty!

Christine said...

Thanks Anne. What's Turkish delight?

Cyn,
Nothing wrong with a pomegranate cosmo every now and then!

Mimi,
I had no idea you'd been low-carbing so extensively. How is it going? I'm glad I could help!

sher said...

Those little cubes look so cute--and delicious. I love pomegranite juice, and these would be so much fun to eat. And good for you too!

Katie said...

I can do this - without the Splenda, (can't get it here, whatever it is. I assume it's a sweetener)
But I wouldn't add sugar either, I like tart. Maybe that would get me off my Jolly Rancher kick for a few days.
Great idea!

Mary said...

This looks great Christine. It might not be cool, but I love jello! Now I'm thinking of other flavor combinations. Blood orange? Meyer lemon? Fresh raspberries? You've got me inspired. Thanks for this idea.

Mary
www.ceresandbacchus.com

Anonymous said...

Christine, try Googling en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Delight -

I don't know whether this link will work for you but I found it at wikipedia. It really is a sweet or candy as you might say. Fry's still do turkish delight and its covered in chocolate. I personally don't think it's very good. They do all sorts of flavours.
If you had dipped your pomegranate gelee in icing sugar it would look the same. I think it looks nice as it is and it makes my mouth water just looking at it.
Anne

Kalyn said...

You're on a roll! This looks just awesome, am saving it right now.