Gelatin Whip Recipes

As noted in my previous post, these days I’m all about instant gelatin whips.  Basically, I make one every day.  Sometimes twice a day.  I dream about these babies at night, because the possibilities and combinations are nearly endless.  (Snooze…pumpkin cream! Snore…peanut butter banana!  Toss…Oolong Chai!  Turn…Lemon Coconut!)

berry gelatin Berry Gelatin Whip (recipe below)

I’ve posted these little bowls of creamy fluffiness on TwoGrand, and lots of friends have asked for a recipe.  (Of course, I get so many good ideas there myself, that I’m happy to share!)  I first came to the concept via Pinterest, from a Trim Healthy Mama blog called BarCodeFree.  You can look there for the writer’s original recipe.

When it comes to recipes, I am a messer and a tweaker and a can’t leave-it-aloner, and so naturally, I’ve added and subtracted here and there and come up with a bit of my own twist of this versatile treat.  Don’t be surprised if I update with more changes!

Today I’ll post a base recipe, and some variations as well as some tips.  Here we go!  Wonder what you’ll come up with when you get your hands on this?

Gelatin Whip Base Recipe

Generously serves 1, happily serves 2

  • hot (not boiling) liquid (3/4 cup)
  • gelatin (1 – 1.5 TBSP) Great Lakes Gelatin RED container recommended
  • cottage cheese (2 TBSP) ff for a fuel pull or an E, full fat for an S
  • whey protein powder (1 scoop)  I like this one.
  1. Add liquid to the blender, and get ‘er going.
  2. Add gelatin to the running blender.  (1 TBSP will result in a softer set whip, and may require some time in the fridge to fully set.  Pros:  creamier  Cons:  less consistent results; 1.5 TBSP is a stiffer set.  I generally lean toward this amount.  Why?  Because I want to eat my whip right away, and I don’t want to wait for it to be refrigerated. :) )
  3. Keep the blender running and add cottage cheese.  This ingredient contributes a lovely, silky mouth-feel.  (Mouth-feel is a weird word/ phrase thingy, but we all know what it means!)
  4. Toss in protein powder.
  5. Keep blender running!

Variations Now for the fun.   You’ll see that this recipe lends itself to creativity, so just play, play, play!  I’ll add this tip.  Be careful of adding too many liquid or wet ingredients.  You certainly can do this, but when you do, you’ll want to be sure you’ve used 1.5 TBSP of gelatin, and will likely need to pop in the fridge or freezer to set.

banana whipBanana Cashew Whip Trim Healthy Mama E

Ingredients

  • base gelatin whip, made with light almond milk  (remember, just get it warm/ hot.  Not boiling!)
  • vanilla (1 tsp)
  • salt (pinch)
  • stevia, or honey or maple syrup (to taste)
  • frozen banana (1/2, cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • salted cashews, crushed (less than 1/8 cup)

To the base recipe, with the blender running, add:

  • vanilla
  • salt
  • sweetener (Raw honey or maple syrup would be delicious.  I loooooovvvveee Trader Joe’s Organic Liquid Stevia, and use slightly less than one dropper full.)
  • frozen banana
    • Make sure in this recipe, and all others, you add the cold/frozen elements last.  Once these frosty goodies hit the gelatin, it will begin to thicken rather quickly.  If your mixture does not seem to thicken adequately, add a few ice cubes, one at a time.  I keep the lid to my blender in place, but remove the clear plastic “knob”.  I drop ice cubes through the hole, and this way, I don’t get splashed in the face with Banana Whip.
  • Once the whip has set (or once you’re ready to move it to the fridge) plop/pour the whip into a bowl or ramekin.  If you need to set it, 20 minutes in the fridge or 10 minutes in the freezer should do.
  • Crush cashews and sprinkle on top.  (I pour the cashews onto a dish towel and use the bottom of a small glass to crush them.)

mocha 700

Mocha Gelatin Whip Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull

Ingredients

  • base gelatin whip, made with leftover coffee  (remember, just get it warm/ hot.  Not boiling!)
  • vanilla (1 tsp)
  • salt (pinch)
  • stevia, or honey or maple syrup (to taste)
  • cocoa powder (2 TBSP)
  • culinary coconut milk (this stuff is the bomb!) or heavy whipping cream (1/2 tsp)
  • about 4 ice cubes

To the base recipe, with the blender running, add:

  • vanilla
  • salt
  • sweetener (Raw honey or maple syrup would be delicious.  I loooooovvvveee Trader Joe’s Organic Liquid Stevia, and use slightly less than one dropper full.)
  • cocoa powder
  • ice cubes (one at a time)
    • Make sure in this recipe, and all others, you add the cold/frozen elements last.  Once these frosty goodies hit the gelatin, it will begin to thicken rather quickly.  If your mixture does not seem to thicken adequately, add a few more ice cubes, one at a time.  I keep the lid to my blender in place, but remove the clear plastic “knob”.  I drop ice cubes through the hole, and this way, I don’t get splashed in the face Gelatin whip.
  • Once the whip has set (or once you’re ready to move it to the fridge) plop/pour the whip into a bowl or ramekin.  If you need to set it, 20 minutes in the fridge or 10 minutes in the freezer should do.
  • drizzle with coconut milk or heavy whipping cream.

berry gelatin

Berry Gelatin Whip Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull

Ingredients

  • base gelatin whip, made with hot-ish tap water (remember, just get it warm/ hot.  Not boiling!)
  • vanilla (1 tsp)
  • salt (pinch)
  • stevia, or honey or maple syrup (to taste)
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice or a few drops of lemon extract
  • frozen berries (up to a cup)

To the base recipe, with the blender running, add:

  • vanilla
  • salt
  • sweetener (Raw honey or maple syrup would be delicious.  I loooooovvvveee Trader Joe’s Organic Liquid Stevia, and use slightly less than one dropper full.)
  • lemon juice or extract
  • berries (a few at a time)
    • Make sure in this recipe, and all others, you add the cold/frozen elements last.  Once these frosty goodies hit the gelatin, it will begin to thicken rather quickly.  If your mixture does not seem to thicken adequately, add a few more ice cubes, one at a time.  I keep the lid to my blender in place, but remove the clear plastic “knob”.  I drop ice cubes through the hole, and this way, I don’t get splashed in the face Gelatin whip.
  • Once the whip has set (or once you’re ready to move it to the fridge) plop/pour the whip into a bowl or ramekin.  If you need to set it, 20 minutes in the fridge or 10 minutes in the freezer should do.
  • top with a few more berries.

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For those who are eating the Trim Healthy Mama way, note that you can spin these whips (whip these whips?) anyway you’d like.  Want an S?  Use warmed up heavy whipping cream, and drizzle some on top!  Add a bit of coconut oil!  Need an E?  Use delicious fruits like mango, or peaches!  I tend to make fuel pulls, because I am always looking for quick, yummy snacks to insert between my E and S meals.

Comment here if you have any questions, or if you try one of these and would like to share your results!  Maybe you’ll inspire a gelatin whip that I haven’t even imagined!

 

Gelatin Pudding Obsession

Yes, it’s true.  I’ve become obsessed with making a slightly odd thing.  Gelatin Pudding. It’s kind of a cross between the stuff of childhood (J-E-L-L-O) and rather the adult-ish “I have access to Amazon prime and can order grass fed beef gelatin and strange tropical powders and such”.  Oh well, I’ve always loved to experiment and try new things.  And apparently, puddings are the latest incarnation of that.

This is my new favorite recipe (loosely based on “The Shrinker” recipe from Trim Healthy Mama).  It is a creamy, spicy, cool pudding, full of metabolism boosting lovelies like oolong, cinnamon, cayenne and coconut.  There are just an infinite variety of yummy, nutritious, healthy puddings that can be made using the same basic method you’ll see outlined below.  Look for a few more varieties to be posted soon.

Oolong Chai Gelatin Pudding

serves four.  (or one.  depending.)

  • 3 bags oolong tea
  • 1 cup of water, just off the boil
  • 1 tbsp gelatin (I’m using Great Lakes from grass fed cows)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter (optional)
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional, but try it!  you’ll like it!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 ginger
  • scant 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (spicy!  look out!)
  • scant 1/2 tsp liquid organic stevia
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • about 6 ice cubes
  1. Get your blender out, and after the tea bags have steeped for 3 minutes in hot water, add the tea to the blender.  
  2. Get ‘er started, and slowly add add the gelatin.
  3. With the blender running, add all the spices, the sweetener and the almond milk.
  4. Finally, one at a time, add the ice cubes.  (I take the knob off of the top of my blender and drop the ice cubes right down through that little hole.  Saves me from getting splashed!)
  5. When the mixture is slightly thickened, pour into containers or one larger container.
  6. Chill for 15 minutes.  
  7. Use the 5 minutes to clean up your kitchen!  Or go outside and look around.  Or dance with your children.  
  8. Then eat that der-licious, cold and spicy pudding! 

52 Fridays #19 – Maine

Gentle Readers,

After another week of sickness (argh!), 52 Fridays is again being published on a not-Friday.  As well, since I had less time to work on this collection, I sourced everything from Etsy.  Usually, I work from a variety of resources.

Regardless of my “off week”, I found myself really responding to each of the artists I’m sharing with you.  This isn’t always the case with Etsy, in my growing state-by-state experience.  So yay for Maine Etsy artists!  You’ve got some fine bodies of work. Thanks!…

Maine Artists painting

Yellow House by Jennifer Judd-McGee - Northeast Harbor

Maine landscape painting

Marsh Road by Mary Ann Cary - Cape Elizabeth

Maine jewelry artists

Little Sea Swimmer from Tuizui collection by Ann Jenkins - Bar Harbor

Maine fiber artists

Custom Little City Kid Portrait by Melissa Crowe - Portland

maine woodworkers

Hobbit Hole Garden House by Wooden Wonders - Thorndike

Maine potters

Raku Red Crowned Crane and Moon by Rocky Mann - Bar Harbor

customized ceramic pet sculptures

Customized Dog Clay Sculpture by Indigo Twin - small town :)

Maine artists

Hand Printed Wallpaper, Bird Design by Modern Bohemian - Portland

Maine artists

Seagull by Kathryn Robertson - Machias

Maine fiber artists

Moon and Trees Batik by Suzanne Drown - South Portland

Su-su-su-zani!

Today I’m going to acquaint you with my latest love, the Uzbek Suzani.  These are traditional embroidered textiles from Uzbekistan, which are used functionally in the home as well as for special celebrations.  The stylized designs often refer to literal objects, such as legumes, vines, and tea pots.

I love them for their vibrancy, forms and graphic nature.  If you like them, you’ve GOT to check out Tribal Chase.  As a matter of fact, if you like textiles at all you should check them out.

Uzbek Suzani Patterns

(sourcing: calico corners, tribal chaseuzbek textile)

Because I’ve not been able to stop thinking about these lovely fabrics, I felt I had to try to sketch and paint some approximations.  I did these babies last week.  They were really fun.  It was nice to get lost in paint for a while…

sketches

Bluzani

Bluzani ii

Bluzani (detail)

Bluzani ii (side)

The design possibilities for suzani inspired art are just about endless.  Really a fun project, and if you can draw a circle (or even if you can’t – mine are wobbly!)  then you can work out a pattern.

I may have exorcised my Suzani obsession for the time being… but I’m thinking that Kilims would be great inspirations for a new project…

52 Fridays #18 – Louisiana

Lots of birds and color this week…  it must be Spring!

Louisiana painters

Broken Wing by Donny Gallagher - Youngsville

Louisiana painters

Through the Streets by Terrance Osborne - New Orleans

Louisiana artists

Gunshot Landscape by Margaret Evangeline - New York (via Louisiana!)

bird paintings

Lories by Hunt Slonem - somewhere north of Baton Route/ St. Mary Parish/ Kingston, NY

Northern Louisiana painting

Wildflower Road by Karen Mathison Schmidt - farm country, Northern Louisiana

louisiana jewelry

Key to Your Heart by Kiki Huston - New Orleans

rashida ferdinand

Vessel by Rashida Ferdinand - New Orleans

new orleans art

This You Must Know by Brad Benischek with Berman Black - New Orleans

Baton Rouge artists

Fox Mug by Barbara Donovan - Baton Rouge

bright bird painting

You are Beautiful by Julia Eves - New Orleans

52 Fridays # 17 – Kentucky

52 Fridays art tour of america

 Enjoy.

Guide by Carolyn Young Hisel - Lexington

Kentucky artists

Red Barn #3 by William Renzulli - Paducah

House 1-16 (on left) and House 1 (on right) by Marcia Alscher - Covington

kentucky artists

Willow Bark Basket by Jennifer Heller Zurick - Berea

Kentucky Painters

Horizon Watch by Angie Reed Garner - Lexington

Kentucky artists

Give Peace a Chance, Recycled Soda Can Earrings by Jennifer Stephenson McLamb - Lexington

Grouping of Small Paintings by Bill Santen - Lexington

Kentucky artists

Buzzard's Roost - Guy Mendes

Kentucky fiber arts

Miyo, Miyo (on left) and Nuestra Señora de la Merced (on right) by Dobree Adams - north of Frankfort

Kentucky pottery

Reduction Cooled Wood Fired Vase by Patrick Rademaker - Louisville

 

Kids and Art

Every other Friday night, I have a quiet night at home with Miles and baby D while the older kids are out and about with Dad at their church youth groups.  While they have Bible study, scavenger hunts and Karaoke, we relax in our peaceful home.

This week, Miles and I decided to start a painting club.  We have a very involved secret handshake.  And we both work on painting projects.  We decided that sometimes, we’ll invite other people over to paint with us.

Here is what Miles made:

painting by kidskids artworkkid artI made some stuff too.  Here’s what I noticed.

I had a vision of what I would make.  Miles just made.  My work turned out a bit stilted and contrived.  His flowed.

I worked on my painting until it was over worked.  Miles knew when to put his painting aside and start a new one.

I am not usually so uptight about art, but I think I’m out of practice and was a little anxious. Yes, I was anxious about Friday Night Art Club with Miles.

When I was in school, I had a wonderful drawing teacher – Crossan Hays Curry – who shocked us all in 1st year drawing.  We drew the model, each of working SO hard to demonstrate our lofty 18 year old “skillzz”.  After 30 minutes or so, he asked us to tear off our drawing, wad it up, and throw it in the trash.  We did this every day, every drawing for a month.

Miami University Art

by Crossan Hays Curry

When we were through, we knew that we were students.  We were learners, experimenters, free to make mistakes or make beauty – either way, there would always be another chance tomorrow.

I guess it takes “practice” for grown ups (including 18 year olds) to unlearn our ways and loosen up enough to really be creative.  I treasure the lessons learned that year, and am reminded of them this year in the Miles and Mom Painting Club.

kids art

52 Fridays #16 – Kansas

This late night edition of 52 Fridays is dedicate to my dad, who from his sickbed today asked me “weren’t you supposed to post two 52 Fridays today”?  Yes, Dad.  Here it is!  I wish I could send you some chicken noodle soup along with it. :)

Kansas Painters

Sand River I by Lisa Grossman - Lawrence

sterling jewelry

Daisy Necklace by Julie Branstrom - Lawrence

Circles of Color Series 1 (old house paint lids) by Joelle Ford - Lawrence

Kansas Artists

Grocery Art Blocks by Suzanna Scott - Manhattan

Red Hot Cherry by Alan Chow - Prairie Village

Kansas painters

Girl with Black Masquerade Mask by Katherine Labbe - Burrton

Kansas Jewelers

Navy Blue and White Pendant by Nancy Bjorge - Lawrence

Kansas painters

From "The Earth Takes Us In It's Embrace" by Jane Voorhees - Kansas City

Kansas Quilters

Bigger Poppies by Sharon M.W. Bass - Lawrence

Remember, click on the images to see MORE of each artists work!

52 Fridays #15 – Iowa

I once lived next door to Iowa, in Nebraska.  We would travel to Council Bluffs to visit friends.  My memories of this place are the flat, flat, fields, the surprising cliffs rising out of them and the flat, wide, rivers running in them.  I think there’s bound to be a lot of creativity when there’s a lot of sky….

Travelers by Kindra Noel - Des Moines

Iowa Artists

Stone Rabbit Pitcher by Elisabeth Maurland - Decorah

Iowa Artists

Cold by Rachel Arnold- Elkader

Iowa Furniture Makers

Midcentury Cabinet by Dan Neubauer - Ames

Iowa Artists

Sound Booth (pencil drawing!) by Laassa Kabel - Des Moines

Hand bound book by Gena Ollendieck - Cresco

Iowa printmakers

Shiny Things by Lori Biwir - Osage

Street Art by Brent Houzenga - Des Moines

Iowa Jewelry Artists

Empress Necklace by Cindy (CTThings) - Ames

TRUE BLUE

True Blue by Hilde De Bruyne - Des Moines

It’s been a while since I’ve shared fun facts about a state in 52 Fridays.  As I’m from Ohio, and it seems that people often confuse it with Iowa and Idaho, it seems appropriate to differentiate this fine state.

  • Elk Horn is the home of the largest Danish community in the United States (yay!  I’m Danish!)
  • The most crooked street in the world is in Burlington.  (According to Ripley’s Believe it or Not).
  • Quaker Oats – the largest cereal company in the world – is located in Cedar Rapids.
Kansas – coming up soon!  xoxo

The Project Moratorium

At some point in our older home’s history, an extra room was added on to the first floor.  Since we’ve lived here it has alternately been “the studio”, “the office”, “the shove everything in there” room, and again “the office”.

home office ideas

In it’s latest transformation back to the land of the functional, I uncovered something of interest.  A shelf jammed with this and that: wool slippers, cork kilim coasters, DIY nursery decor, an old clock in need of refinishing.  What do all these have in common, you ask?   They all have found a home on the shelf where projects go to die.  Each just shy of completion: almost done but for one supply that I’ve run out of, or one tricky hurdle I don’t want to jump, or one disappointing outcome that I hadn’t expected.

unfinished projects

As I reordered and organized my space, (now the “studio-office hybrid”) I had an epiphany.  I created a small niche on half of one shelf, and piled up a few of these unfinished projects.  These projects would be completed.  They have to be completed before I am allowed to start any new projects. (And oh, how I do want to start some new projects!)

So this means that when I stop by JoAnn’s to pick up silver foil for the clock, I won’t stop by the clearance shelves for some perfect project-y deals.  And when I drop off our clutter at the thrift store, I won’t also buy that amazing, unique mid-century side table at 30% off.

Wait, as I’m writing this, I realize that may have been a mistake.  The table thing…. It was really cool, and only $7!  Should I go back…?

Anyhow, as we’ve discussed before, I am a starter.  Not so much a finisher.  I’m hoping that by bribing myself with more, better, amazing projects to come, that I’ll finish up what I’ve begun.  When the shelf is empty, I’ll add a few more from the pile, and get to work on those too.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

A non-sequitur to end with…  I started and finished this cake yesterday.  And by “finished it” I do not mean that I ate it all in one day!  It was good, but not great, and makes me want to perfect my “from scratch” techniques.

home made yellow cakeI’ll let you know how that goes, too!  I have a 1 year old birthday and a 42 year old birthday to bake for soon…

Hope you all have great days!  See you soon. :)