Hola! How is your 2016 so far? I'm excited to start new projects and go to new places and adventures this year! For starters, I have terrible sugar cravings right now, so I wanted to make something less sugary to help me transition into a healthier lower sugar intake after all the holiday indulging. And a great and versatile way to calm those sweet cravings is jello! As long as you don't use the pre-packaged kind that's got a considerable amount of sugar, that is.
I used coconut milk as the base, you can get the canned type or the boxed type, whatever you prefer/have at hand. Just remember coconut milk and coconut cream are two different things. If you prefer to use coconut cream, the fat content will be higher but the flavor I imagine will be pretty creamy and awesome. I also recommend fresh pineapple instead of the canned one, unless you find one without syrup; or, again, use the one with syrup but skip the sweetener. I used fresh pineapple and only added a bit of honey to keep the sugar content low, but you can of course adjust it to your liking. So get a rectangular dish or gelatin mold out and star creating!
PIÑA COLADA JELLO
- 2 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup chopped pineapple*
- 4 tbsp unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey*
- OPTIONAL: 1 tbsp Malibu rum
*SWEETENER: if you use fresh pineapple, use honey, sugar or any sweetener and adjust the quantities to your liking. If you use canned pineapple with syrup, skip the extra sweetener or add a bit of the syrup to your desired sweetness.
- Place 1 cup of pineapple in the blender (reserve the remaining 1/2 cup), add the coconut milk and blend together.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the milk mix and the water. When it starts bubbling, add the remaining cup of chopped pineapple and boil for at least 10 minutes. Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme that eats the protein in the gelatin and prevents it from setting, so the boiling process is necessary to kill those enzymes and get a firm jello. If you use canned pineapple there's no need to boil the mixture.
- Lower the heat and add the honey and gelatin. Mix well until everything is completely dissolved.
- Pour the liquid in a large dish or gelatin mold, then place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or until set.
You can garnish with shredded coconut or fresh fruit, or just serve little squares in a glass and top it off with a tiny umbrella so you can imagine yourself in some nice and warm beach. You can also go the "boba route" (like those places that sell bubble tea) and chop it into tiny squares and add it to a glass of cold milk tea. Or a glass of rum. Whatever helps you boost your way through the new year, I won't judge.
Cheers! And if you spiked it up, double cheers!