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I changed the name to “Cranberry Orange Gello Cups” on 12.6.16, but the recipe is the same.
I love rich desserts (if you doubt that statement, check out this Fudgy Mocha Frosting that’s great right off a spoon…). However, holiday meals can get a bit…um…heavy, so it’s nice to have a dessert option that you can still squeeze in after partaking in all the traditional goodies. These festive gelatin pudding cups fit the bill perfectly.
These gello cups are gelatin, but in a creamier sense. Not quite like the traditional Jello pudding, but I didn’t know what else to call it. It’s kind of like a Jello fruit salad, but not quite as fluffy as these blueberry cream cheese bars.
What’s the secret to the texture, you may ask? Well, that would be Chobani Blended Plain Greek Yogurt. It lends a creaminess to these cups without overloading the calories, plus it adds a great source of protein! Why did I decide to use Chobani? Well, I was inspired by Chobani’s #MadeWithChobani Project to create a great recipe starring Chobani’s Greek Yogurt (I did not receive any compensation for coming up with said recipe, and all opinions are my own). I typically make homemade Greek yogurt (you can check out a video tutorial I did here), which has a less tangy/tart flavor than storebought yogurt; but I was pleasantly surprised that the Chobani yogurt had a nice mellow flavor similar to homemade.
Since I was going for a holiday recipe, I decided to do the traditional cranberry/orange pairing. My mom had just bought some fresh cranberries (the first fresh cranberries I had ever tasted, believe it or not), so…ta-dah! I had no oranges, however, which put a crimp in my plans. Until I remembered that we had some Orange Tangerine Zinger tea (Celestial Seasonings brand). Perfect. If you want to kick the orange flavor up a notch instead of just hinting at it with the tea, add some food-grade orange or tangerine essential oil or grated orange zest.
You can definitely tweak this recipe according to flavors that you prefer. Once I tried fresh cranberries, I found that I love their tartness, especially when paired with the orange tangerine tea (which lends some nice mellowing tones). However, I’m sure that if you don’t care for cranberries, raspberries or another berry would be a great substitute. You can play around with the tea flavors as well, although be aware that if you do this you may have to adjust the sweetness. One word of caution: these Jello cups contain Greek yogurt, and even though the yogurt brand I used is quite mild, these cups taste best when made with fruity flavors. I would not try chocolate, coffee, or eggnog flavors, especially not all together (I may or may not speak from experience, and that may or may not have been the grossest thing I’ve ever made…).
This recipe also makes a great breakfast for one person! Some fresh cranberries will add a perfect ((pop)) to the start of your day.
- ¼ cup fresh cranberries, halved
- 2 T water
- 1 doonk (1/32 tsp.) THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp. unflavored gelatin (such as Knox brand - if using beef gelatin such as Great Lakes brand or THM Just Gelatin, add an extra ½ tsp.)
- 1 tea bag - Orange Tangerine Zinger flavor, by Celestial Seasonings
- 150 g (approx. ½ cup) Chobani Blended Plain Greek Yogurt (or another low-fat Greek yogurt with a very mild flavor, like homemade)
- ½ cup water
- 2 T vanilla whey protein powder
- Hearty pinch salt
- 3 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (to taste; a doonk is 1/32 tsp.)
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- A few drops of a food-grade orange or tangerine essential oil or grated orange zest for more orange flavor, optional
- Fat-free Reddi-Whip and chopped fresh cranberries for serving, optional
- Heat the halved cranberries, water, and sweetener in a ceramic bowl in the microwave for one minute (or until the water boils and the cranberries soften a bit). Set aside to cool down.
- Heat the unsweetened almond milk in a mug in the microwave until boiling. Quickly stir in the unflavored gelatin and add the tea bag. Let steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a blender (I like to use our Ninja single-serve cup) add the Greek yogurt, water, protein powder, salt, sweetener, and vanilla. Once the tea bag has steeped in the almond milk for 5-10 minutes, squeeze the liquid out of the tea bag and discard it. Add the almond milk to the blender cup and blend until totally smooth. Pour into two decorative glasses/bowls. Divide the cooked cranberries and their syrup between the two glasses/bowls. Most of them will sink to the bottom. To distribute the cranberries more evenly, stir the pudding once or twice after it has gelled in the fridge for a bit and thickened up (do this before the tops gel over) *or* I'm sure you could wait to add the cranberries until the liquid has thickened a little in the fridge but isn't too firm. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until the pudding is firm. Serve with a squirt of FF Reddi-Whip and some chopped cranberries, if desired.
If you are going to be chilling this longer than two hours, cover it so the top doesn't dry out. You may wish to decrease the gelatin amount if you'll be chilling it longer. Using the full amount of gelatin and refrigerating overnight gives these pudding cups a very solid consistency.
Feel free to use other berries in place of the cranberries (if you use something like raspberries or blueberries you probably wouldn't need to cook them in a syrup first because they're not as hard as cranberries), and switch up the tea flavors. I recommend sticking with fruity flavors as this doesn't cause a conflict of tastes with the Greek yogurt. Adjust sweetener as necessary.
I changed the name to "Cranberry Orange Gello Cups" on 12.6.16, but the recipe is the same.
THM Sweetener Conversion Chart – use this chart to help you convert to a different sweetener, if desired.
- Chobani Blended Plain Greek Yogurt
- Ninja blender – we have this set and the single-serve cup is perfect for making this recipe
- Orange Tangerine Zinger Tea – not only is this tea flavor great in this recipe, but it’s also good to drink. Go figure.
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder is my sweetener of choice. It’s low-glycemic (meaning that it won’t spike your blood sugar), all natural, and has a very pleasant flavor. It’s only needed in very small amounts! You can purchase it from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.
- Unflavored gelatin
- Whey Protein Powder