How about a flavour burst of Grapefruit Delights to hit the sweet spot? So easy and so healthy you can eat it for breakfast! Well maybe not quite, but almost!
I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for jelly lollies (hanging head in shame). Although I’m embarrassed to admit it, I was in 40’s before I actually became aware that the jellies were made from all sorts of animal bits. I was absolutely horrified, but at least it made me start to look into the ingredients. This alone cured the addiction that I had at the time!
However, I’m delighted to say that I’ve recently been able to re-ignite my jelly love affair. Thanks to agar agar! Agar Agar is derived from algae, it’s a thickener and is a great substitute for animal derived gelatin. Especially when it comes to making jellies. Playing with the different textures and flavours of jellies is so much fun. Even better is the fact that they are so quick to make and there’s no hanging around to taste the results! These jellies don’t quite have the same consistency, or ‘spring’ as shop bought lollies, but there again, they don’t have the nasty ingredients either.
One of the beauties of these Grapefruit, Cashew Chocolate Delights, is that they incredibly easy to make. The flavour combinations are endless, especially if you have a juicer. Try the basic recipes with different fruits of different colours and pour into individual moulds to make a colourful lolly jar. Perhaps even add a tablespoon of agar agar to the mix to achieve a ‘firmer’ jelly.
Instead of using little silicone ice cube moulds to layer the jellies, like I did, try a lined cake tin. When set, cut up the jelly into squares and add a dollop of chocolate on top. Better still, completely cover them in it!
For the nut layer, try raspberry juice in place of the water. To add colour without fruit, try beetroot powder. To makes things simpler, use a cup of ready-made nut milk. Although when trying this option, please check the ingredients to see if the nut milk is already sweetened. If so, leave out the maple syrup!
The ultimate test was whether my grandchildren would eat these little delights in their entirety or just pull off the chocolate bit! Poor things have been caught out in the past with unexpected flavours and ingredients from me. So now they have a tendency to inspect anything I make quite closely before it enters their mouths! However this time I was rewarded with nods of heads and smiles – phew!