This is something that I grew up with, I would always see it at family gatherings, parties, at my cousin’s house – you name it and almond jello was on the table. It was pretty much everywhere! And it’s because it’s so simple but super refreshing to eat, especially during the summer months.
Left: made with almond milk; Right: made with cow’s milk
Almond jello – sounds a little strange ( I know…), but once you try it you will be hooked! We serve it mixed with a can of fruit cocktail or fresh seasonal fruits diced up. This recipe is an adaptation to what I grew up with, but that’s because as I got older, I became more and more aware of my intolerance to dairy. The original recipe calls for normal cow’s milk, but if you are sensitive like me, then substituting cow’s milk for almond, cashew, or flaxseed milk is fine too. The almond flavor comes from the almond extract, but since I use actual almond extract, it just enhances the almond flavor!
For thin jello: follow the recipe and use a 9×9 pan
For big jello: double the recipe and use a 9×9 pan
2 Teaspoons (2 envelopes) unflavored Knox gelatin
1/4 Cup water
1 1/2 Cups almond milk
1/3 Cup sugar
2 Teaspoons almond extract
1 can fruit cocktail or 2 cups seasonal fruit diced
- Mix your unflavored Knox gelatin into the water, set aside
- Add your almond milk to a small pot and bring to a light simmer (don’t boil your milk)
- Add in the sugar and gelatin-water mixture to the pot, stir until everything has dissolved
- Remove pot from heat and add in the almond extract
- Pour into glass square pan and place in refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours or overnight is best
- Once set, cut into cubes and transfer them to a large bowl
- Add in your fruit cocktail or diced up seasonal fruit and mix gently
- Serve right away or set back in the refrigerator until ready to eat
This is great for the hot weather and for parties. You can always make this in advance and right before the party, just cut up the jello and add in your favorite fruit! And this is great on its own too! Sometimes my family and I just make the almond jello and eat it plain. Nice and cold, super refreshing during the summer months!
Every day, Lai day! What are some of your summer staples?