Sleepy Time Gelatin For Kids

by lydia on February 20, 2016


Who doesn’t love a dessert that you can feel good about feeding to your children? Especially one that will prime them to have a great nights sleep! This unique recipe will give you all of that. It’s been known for a long time, since the early 1800s in fact, that gelatin has nutritional benefits. Soon after the refined version began being popularized as an option to use in desserts, and by the early 1900s, large manufacturers were churning out their own versions of sugary and dyed gelatin powders. Personally, after much research and lots of trial and error, I have settled on using  Vital Proteins Gelatin.

I’ve learned a lot about the great benefits of gelatin and how nourishing it can be for kids in the past years. I’ve written a several posts about it already, which you can check out here:

My sleepy time gelatin for kids recipe creates a soothing calm based on a dense amount of beneficial minerals from Natural Calm, a touch of maple syrup, Concentrace mineral drops, and it’s delicious tart flavor from cherry juice. I also like to add in some liquid stevia drops to sweeten the bedtime snack.

I’m a huge advocate of proper sleep and one way I’m able to accomplish this is through bedtime rituals and nutritional sleep aids like this. You can learn more about how I do it in my Bedtime Rituals & The Importance of Sleep for Kids article.

Each component of this recipe contributes to rest and sleep

1. Gelatin – Protein helps keep the blood sugar even throughout the night and to provide the amino acids needed that are the precursors to serotonin and melatonin production. Here is where I buy my gelatin.

2. Cherry Juice – A natural source of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan. The proanthocyanidins, or the ruby red pigments in tart cherry juice, contain an enzyme that reduces inflammation and decreases the breakdown of tryptophan, letting it go to work longer in your body and allowing you to rest more.

3. Magnesium – It’s the primary ingredient in muscle relaxation, has a neuroprotective effect that is absolutely crucial to each and every stage of sleep, assists in slowing metabolic processes and lowering brain temperature as your body attempts to repair daily damage during sleep cycles, and helps regulate key hormones responsible for not only helping you fall asleep, but keeping you asleep.

Homemade Red Cherry Gelatin Dessert

With all of the ingredients below you’re going to be consuming 100 mg of magnesium. Sweet dreams indeed!

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Sleepy Time Gelatin For Kids
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
  • 4 cups juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Gelatin (hot soluble)
  • 5 teaspoons Natural Calm or 5 tsp. Liquid Magnesium (the liquid tastes much stronger, more minerally - be sure to adjust sweetener in light of this)
  • 10 drops liquid vanilla stevia or 1-2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • ½ tsp. Concentrace (optional)
  1. Heat 3 cups of the juice to boiling.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup of cold juice in a large bowl, let stand 1 minute.
  3. Add the remaining hot juice and stir until gelatin completely dissolves about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the Natural Calm (or liquid minerals if using). This will cause it to foam up a bit.
  5. Add vanilla stevia drops to your taste preference.
  6. Stir into an 8x8 glass dish or similar sized glass bowl (allow to sit until foaming settles down)
  7. Place this mixture in the refrigerator to set up ( may take up to 3 hours).

 Store bought jello is loaded with sugar and chemicals. However, gelatin made at home can be a very nourishing treat for your family. It’s also easily digestible and soothing to your gut lining. Be sure to try some out!!

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Emily February 21, 2016 at 10:45 am


How much is a serving?

lydia February 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

What do you mean how much is a serving?

You really can make as many servings as you like with this – cut into 16 pieces and 2 of those would give about 100 mg of magnesium.

Janet Webster February 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

I love jello! Yum! :)

lydia February 23, 2016 at 6:44 am

Ha – me too Janet. So much better than the stuff I grew up on 😉

Kris March 5, 2016 at 12:18 am

These sound amazing .. Please tell me what brand of cherry juice that you use?

Linden March 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Which Natural Calm product, exactly, do you use for this?

lydia March 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Hi Linden,

I use Lakewood Organic Cherry Juice

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