Take your jello from snack to dessert with this healthy homemade chocolate jello! Made with only a few nourishing ingredients, it’s the perfect treat for a hot summer day.
Healthy Homemade Chocolate Jello
Are there four words that go together more beautifully? Well, maybe if there were brownies or coffee involved it would be just as beautiful. But seriously, if you’re looking for a delicious chocolatey treat AND need it to be healthy and easily made at home, this healthy homemade chocolate jello is for you, my friend.
Cocoa powder. You can pretty much use whatever cocoa powder you want in this recipe (like all my recipes). But I personally love Azure Standard’s fair-trade, organic cocoa powder. I’ve been using it for years and it is absolutely the best! It has a deep and delicious flavor, and it’s also the cheaper than buying the stuff at Walmart.
Gelatin. For years I have loved to use Perfect Supplement’s grass-fed, kosher gelatin. It’s such a wonderful clean source of protein and it makes delicious jellos. But I also used Great Lakes and Azure Standard’s kosher gelatin, as well. And yes, I recommend always using kosher gelatin from grass-fed cattle, if you can get it!
Milk. You can literally use whatever type of milk you love in for this chocolate jello. You could technically even use water for the liquid, but it wouldn’t taste as chocolatey then. And that would be sad. I usually use organic whole milk or raw milk, but I’ve also made this recipe with almond milk and my homemade coconut milk, and they both work fine as well. I would never ever encourage anyone to use soy or oat milk, please use water instead and just pretend it tastes like chocolate!
Sweetener. As with most of my recipes, I usually stick with honey for the sweetener. It’s the most nutrient dense of all the sweeteners out there, and my body needs all the nutrient density it can get. I get Azure’s raw honey and it’s divine, but you can use whatever kind of honey you have on hand. You could also use maple syrup in this chocolate jello, if you want, or even monk fruit or stevia. Just note I haven’t tried anything other than honey.
Optionals. I like to add sea salt to pretty much everything, so of course I added a little in to this healthy chocolate jello. Not only is it so good for me (and you!), it gives the chocolate flavor a little kick in the rear. I love using Azure Standard’s Celtic sea salt, but I’ve also enjoyed this Mediterranean sea salt that I found on Amazon.
Another optional ingredient that helps the chocolate flavor pop is vanilla. I absolutely love Azure’s four-fold vanilla extract. It’s pretty much the only kind I ever use.
More chocolate goodness.
If you’re like me and you’re always on the lookout for healthy ways to eat chocolate, check out a few more of my favorite chocolatey treats! Go on… they’re good for you!
- Easy Flax Brownie Muffins
- Easy Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows
- Paleo Chocolate Banana Cake
- Browned Butter Chocolates
- Chocolate Avocado Nice Cream
- Sweet & Salty Chocolate Bar
- Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
- Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl
- Dark Chocolate Triple Berry Muffins
- Easy, One-Bowl Cassava Flour Brownies
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Healthy Homemade Chocolate Jello
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, and refined sugar, with dairy-free option.
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I use Azure Standard’s fair-trade, organic cocoa)
- 1/4 cup kosher gelatin
- 2 cups milk (any kind will work, I use coconut or raw)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (use more if you like it sweeter)
In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk the cocoa and the gelatin.
While whisking, pour in the milk.
Let set for about 5 minutes.
Turn heat to medium-low and stir frequently until the gelatin is dissolved. The mixture will be thicker than normal jello, so bear that in mind. It might not *feel* dissolved.
Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla, sea salt, and honey.
Pour into 9×9 inch baking dish and refrigerate until set (about an hour).
Cut into squares and enjoy!