Kid-friendly and rich in antioxidants, a healthy pomegranate dessert like this pomegranate jello is easy to make when you have pomegranate juice handy. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
I have a serious sweet tooth. And fruit desserts are my absolute weakness. But we all know that sugar and desserts are so not good for you, so I do my best to not let desserts linger in my house too long. I give a lot of leftover desserts away!
Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t do desserts. It just means that sometimes I make healthy desserts to trick the kids and my own sweet tooth. And this pomegranate jello is one of those kinds of desserts.
Jello for adults
If you think you’ve outgrown jello because you are an adult, you are totally kidding yourself. I have served gelatin desserts at family gatherings and watched the adults still dive into those treats! No one is too old for jello.
Of course as we get older, our taste buds get more sophisticated. And that’s where these homemade kicked up gelatin desserts come in and save the day. And I’m not talking about alcohol rich jello shots.
All you need to make pomegranate jello is pomegranate juice, unflavored gelatin, a small bit of sweetener (optional) and pomegranate arils.
Is pomegranate gelatin sugar free?
If you have never tried pomegranate juice, it has a very distinct taste. It is not a very sweet juice, but it does have plenty of flavor. There is a little bit of a bitterness to it, but not much.
I add 2 teaspoons of sugar to this pomegranate dessert to balance the sourness. It really doesn’t take much, and you don’t need to add any at all if you don’t want to. You can use sugar, honey, agave nectar or even low carb sugar alternatives like Swerve.
What kind of gelatin do I use for pomegranate jello?
If you have never made homemade jello then you probably don’t know that you can buy unflavored gelatin. They come in sheets and powdered granules. One popular brand of unflavored gelatin is Knox and it can be found very easily in most grocery stores and on Amazon.
You can also find organic gelatins and grass fed beef gelatins, if you are more particular about the ingredients you use. Any of these options can be used to make this pomegranate jello.
Simply heat up the pomegranate juice in a small pot, stir in sweetener (if you are using any) and then stir in the gelatin until it is dissolved. Once everything is dissolved into the warm pomegranate juice, pour the mixture into two serving bowls and chill.
When the top of the pomegranate mixture is slightly jelly, add about 1/4-cup of pomegranate arils on top. Of course, you can add much more (we do) because we love our pomegranate!
More healthy pomegranate desserts
Pomegranates really do make terrific desserts. You can sprinkle some pomegranate arils over any dessert like cakes and pies. I have a few more low sugar pomegranate dessert options, if you want to branch out and try more.
This pomegranate granita makes a sophisticated dessert and is much healthier than ice cream. It can also be made without an ice cream maker. Or try these gorgeous Pomegranate and Red Wine Poached Pears at your next dinner party to wow your guests.
- 4 cups pomegranate juice
- 2 tsp granulated sugar (optional)
- 1 packet of unflavored gelatin (.25 oz)
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- In a saucepan whisk together pomegranate juice, sugar (if using) and gelatin.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then turn the heat to medium, whisking until it dissolves.
- Divide pomegranate mixture into 2-4 dessert bowls and allow mixture to sit until room temperature.
- When top of liquid is springy to the touch, top with pomegranate arils.
- Chill until set, about 4 hours.
You can use sugar, honey, agave nectar, your favorite low carb sweetener or no sweetener at all.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 54mg Carbohydrates: 86g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 79g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g