The ingredient we are focusing on in this recipe is good quality, grass fed gelatin 🙂
Gelatin is a substance that is largely derived from the skin, bones and tissue of animals. It is composed of amino acids, the building blocks of protein and largely from glycine and proline. Because of its nutrients it offers many potential health benefits for skin, hair, nail growth, digestion and optimal immune function.
Gelatin, in fact, helps heal the mucosal lining in the gut, it enhances gastric acid secretion helping us to properly break down and absorb what we eat. It contains the amino acids proline and glycine that can help strengthen the gut lining and decrease inflammation.
Gelatin also represents a source of dietary collagen, fabulous for nails and skin.
Collagen is the expensive ingredient we want in our beauty creams but the truth is it cannot be properly absorbed through the skin and the best way is to consume it internally…! I can honestly say I have noticed an improvement in my skin elasticity since adding gelatin to my diet.
As for beauty creams, I like to use coconut oil and add a few drops of organic Frankincense essential oil, far better (and cheaper!) than most anti-aging creams out there 😉
I remember when my grandmother used to prepare bone broth at least once a week, and how, once it cooled down, it would jellify. She knew it was a beneficial ingredient and a staple in her family! Today bone broth is not made as often. However, there are some good substitutes on the market that can help us integrate this important nutrient.
So what types of gelatins are available out there?
I use either gelatin powder or collagen. Just make sure the one you buy comes from grass fed animals and avoid the use of pesticides and antibiotics. You can use the powder that “gels”, to prepare homemade gelatin, mixed with fruit juice and raw honey as a healthier alternative to the store-bought jellies full of sugar and nasty additives. It’s a quick and easy way to integrate gelatin in our diet and they are not just good for kids, believe me!
You can also use it to make homemade marshmallows, yum! Recipe below 🙂
Some of us might prefer collagen powder, that is easier to take in drinks as it does NOT gel. Just remember you can’t make gelatins and marshmallows with collagen hydrolysate!
Collagen can also be derived from fish, aka marine collagen, making it suitable for people who want to avoid beef and pork.
Super Gut Gelatin Marshmallows
1/2 cup of water (to soften the gelatin)
another 1/2 cup of water (to be mixed and cooked with the other ingredients)
2 1/2 heaped tablespoons grass fed gelatin
3/4 cup of the yummiest honey you’ve got (the honey you use decides the flavour of your marshmallows)
3/4 tsp vanilla powder
a pinch of Himalayan salt
coconut flour (enough to coat the base of the pan)
Line a pan (I used an 8×8) with parchment paper and coat the base with the coconut flour.
In a bowl aside, cover the gelatin with 1/2 cup of water and let it soften
In another pan, and on the hob, mix the other 1/2 cup of water with the honey, vanilla and the salt. Cook on high heat and bring to a boil.
Use a thermometer to check the temperature and when it reaches 240 °F (this will take a few minutes, be patient 🙂 ) remove from the hob and pour the mixture into the softened gelatin bowl.
Here either use an electric mixer or by hand and beat the heck out of it until the mixture becomes thick enough. See below ↓
Transfer to the pan, on to the coated parchment paper and try to smooth the top of the mixture. At this point it’s super sticky so I greased my hands in coconut oil and gently pressed the mixture down trying to make it look more even.
Let it set in the fridge for about 3 to 4 hours. When is ready gently remove the parchment paper and cut it into squares or any shape you want. Enjoy, of course..!
[If kids are not present I’m sure it won’t be a problem to clean the left over from the bowl with your fingers.. sadly, I didn’t get to that in time. ]