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Old 05-24-2010, 03:47 PM   #1
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Chia Gel Jello Popsicles

Well this was fun.

I took a package of jello and prepared it according to the package directions except I replaced the 1 cup of cold water with 1 cup of chia gel. Mixed it well and poured into popsicle molds and popped them in the freezer.

The gel made them not so hard and the seeds are a fun surprise to eat. I might try the chia tapioca pudding this way too. A nice fun treat for the heat with some nutritional value thrown in.
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Well this was fun.

I took a package of jello and prepared it according to the package directions except I replaced the 1 cup of cold water with 1 cup of chia gel. Mixed it well and poured into popsicle molds and popped them in the freezer.

The gel made them not so hard and the seeds are a fun surprise to eat. I might try the chia tapioca pudding this way too. A nice fun treat for the heat with some nutritional value thrown in.
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Once again Chia shows it's 'fun' side!!

Cool - really...thanks for posting this.

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You're welcome. I was trying to maintain your "food is fun" concept - and it WAS.

Next up is scrambled eggs with chia gel.
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You're welcome. I was trying to maintain your "food is fun" concept - and it WAS.

Next up is scrambled eggs with chia gel.
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Don't forget yogurt mixed 50/50 with Chia Seed...


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Well this was fun.

I took a package of jello and prepared it according to the package directions except I replaced the 1 cup of cold water with 1 cup of chia gel. Mixed it well and poured into popsicle molds and popped them in the freezer.

The gel made them not so hard and the seeds are a fun surprise to eat. I might try the chia tapioca pudding this way too. A nice fun treat for the heat with some nutritional value thrown in.
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I just had a thought...what if one mixed up the jello as per the recipe and when the cold water is added to the boiled/mixed water, then add Chia Seed (non-gelled) and just jell it in the jello so it would be mixed more thoroughly.

I may have to try this approach in addition to yours...



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OK....I have had the chia seeds on the counter for 2 wks. It's time to get this party started....
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Oh what a great idea!!!!

I can just imagine enjoying one of these on a hot Texas afternoon.....

Sligh, thank you for sharing!! (....and the chia in your eggs is awesome)

Larry, love the new avi! You are lookin' so good!!!!
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I add the chia gel to eggs when scrambling! Makes the moister & fluffier. (and adds fiber & extra nutrition)
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Larry - Adding non gelled chia seeds to the jello mixture would be one less step, which I like. And I think adding it to jello, without freezing it into popsicles, would give jello a whole new texture. These things (chia seeds) are so much fun to eat!
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Larry - Adding non gelled chia seeds to the jello mixture would be one less step, which I like. And I think adding it to jello, without freezing it into popsicles, would give jello a whole new texture. These things (chia seeds) are so much fun to eat!
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Yes, had the same thought - and if you beat me to it, you post first. If I get there first I’ll post too...

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Hi sligh…
I won the race and here's what I discovered...

Regular strength jello will not set up with chia seed in it...don't know how much stronger one would have to make it, but the gel prevents the jello from doing it's natural thing.

If you mix up jello without the seed and then let it get to the place it's nearly ready to setup, and add in some gel (about 1/4 the amount of the jello) it will mix in as it sets up and still absorb flavor.

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I'm still staring at the canister of chia seeds. They scare me!!!!!
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I'm still staring at the canister of chia seeds. They scare me!!!!!
Hi Deed…
You make me smile!

Just take a jar and fill it about half with room temp water, and add 1/3 cup seeds for each 2 cups of water (8oz) that will end up in the jar (means you should know the size of the jar first).

A pint jar gets 1/3 cup seeds, and a quart jar 2/3 cup seeds.

Pour the seeds into the half jar - put on the lid and shake like crazy. Then pull the lid and fill it most of the rest of the way up with water and put the lid on it and shake it some more till it's good and mixed up.

Then just set it on the counter and come back every 5 minutes and shake it...do that three times and stick it in the fridge (it's ready to use).

They will not hurt you - promise! And if you have little boys around they will love the gelling feature...big boys like it too...


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Larry - VERY interesting about the chia seeds preventing the jello from setting up. I'm a little disappointed, but I'm going to try it with the gel once the jello gets almost set. I'll let you know how it goes.
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chia gel popsicles

if you used crystal lite and chia gel, these should come out like popsicles without a lot of dripping.. i would think going to try them
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mistyjo1 - I'll be interested to hear how those turn out. I tried to make popsicles out of crystal light once and they were hard as rocks. It will be interesting to see if the chia gel softens them up enough to eat before they melt. Let us know.
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mistyjo1 - I'll be interested to hear how those turn out. I tried to make popsicles out of crystal light once and they were hard as rocks. It will be interesting to see if the chia gel softens them up enough to eat before they melt. Let us know.
Hi sligh & m-jo…
Same thought here…just unmolded my Chia-Jello popcicles and the jello definitely softens them and makes them easy to eat.

I found this thread right after I had just pulled mine out of the freezer, tried one, and was getting ready to post about them here that of the 3 things we've experimented with - jello made with un-gelled seed, jello & add some gelled Chia right before it 'turns' and jello-chia popcicles...I like the popcicles best!

My wife & I liked the nearly set jello with gelled Chia added too...(after it goes ahead and sets). It's good, and the bits of Chia gel definitely picked up the flavor of the jello. It reminded us of when our moms used to stir fruit into jello when it was almost set. The cicles were better...

The popcicles are wonderfully delightful! Not too hard for my 61 year old teeth. I’m going to have to find a popcicle maker at GoodWill or somewhere. I made ours in our silicon pan that makes 8 mini-loaves of bread. I just poured 8 of them 1 inch thick, then wrapped them in sheets of waxed paper and put them in a ziplock to store them.

The only problem with that approach is one side is exposed to the air while freezing, and there is no stick (hence the waxed paper holder). I just wanted to be sure they are worth it before picking up a popcicle freezer kit.


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I made a mistake in this post...

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...Just take a jar and fill it about half with room temp water, and add 1/3 cup seeds for each 2 cups of water (8oz) that will end up in the jar (means you should know the size of the jar first).

A pint jar gets 1/3 cup seeds, and a quart jar 2/3 cup seeds.
Hi folks…
I meant to post that it is 1/3 cup Chia for every two cups of water (16oz). A single cup is 8oz and 2 cups is 16oz.

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Larry, I have a set of plastic popscicle makers that I got a Walmarts for my granddaughter, for under $5.00. They have an 8 popsicle mold with 8 plastic covers/sticks. This is what I'm going to try to use.
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I meant to post that it is 1/3 cup Chia for every two cups of water (16oz). A single cup is 8oz and 2 cups is 16oz.

Thanks Larry. I was wondering about that.
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update on crystal lite popsicles

wow i didn't know that water could freeze so hard... unbelievable

I mixed one single serve crystal lite 2 cups water and 1/3 cup chia seeds and let it set for 30 min then put into popsicle freezers and froze let me tell you

they are rock hard i hit it once with a heavy pot and it did not break,
maybe this could be the igloo ice block of the future lol

oh well i thought maybe...
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wow i didn't know that water could freeze so hard... unbelievable

I mixed one single serve crystal lite 2 cups water and 1/3 cup chia seeds and let it set for 30 min then put into popsicle freezers and froze let me tell you

they are rock hard i hit it once with a heavy pot and it did not break,
maybe this could be the igloo ice block of the future lol

oh well i thought maybe...
Hi misty…
Dissolving the sugar-free jello in the hot water according to the recipe, and replacing the cold water with chilled Chia Gel works wonderfully for these frozen pops.

We were so happy with the trial run, that I went out to the Dollar Store and Walmart and found two different sizes of molds. We need to eat the other 6 servings we already have before we do more, but I found the ''sippy'' popsicle molds in a 4-serving array ($2.98), and an 8 small pops for the other ($1). Total was $4.

Here are pics of them...cheap fun!



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Tupperware used to make popsicle molds if you can find them at a garage sale.
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chia gel popsicles

thank you Larry I will try that now...

Do you know how much of the Chia gel you can have in a day..
there must be a certain amount I would think... I have not been able to find any thing like that on the internet: and if you put it in your eggs, and had a popsicle or two and maybe some in a protein drink mid afternoon..

how much is too much??
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...Do you know how much of the Chia gel you can have in a day..
...there must be a certain amount I would think...
Hi misty…
It's rather self-limiting. I don't know that there is any specific number out there...

I probably go through a cup of gel a day...used some today in scrambled eggs, and more in a Chia Fresca. And I had a jello-chia popsicle...

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chia gel popsicles

thanks Larry..

It is such a fun thing .. must go and find recipe for chia fresca
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thanks Larry..

It is such a fun thing .. must go and find recipe for chia fresca
Hi misty…
Make them up...

Here's a video I made of making Chia Fresca...



Note that I messed up and said 1/2 cup seeds to 2 cups water for the gel, and it's only 1/3 cup seeds per 2 cups gel...unless you want superthickgel....

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Well I finally tried the chia gel in jello mix without making it into popsicles and I LOVE it. I mixed one cup hot water into one small box of jello according to the directions and put it in the refrigerator until it was starting to get set. Then I added one cup of chia gel and mixed it very well and put it back in the refrigerator until it finished setting up. It changes the texture, but not the flavor. Just makes it thicker and gives it a more body, which I liked a lot.

I agree with Larry that of all the chia-jello experiments, popsicles are probably the best, but this is a close second for me.

Still haven't tried the scrambled eggs or yogurt, but I will.
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You make me smile!

Just take a jar and fill it about half with room temp water, and add 1/3 cup seeds for each 2 cups of water (8oz) that will end up in the jar (means you should know the size of the jar first). .........
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I meant to post that it is 1/3 cup Chia for every two cups of water (16oz). A single cup is 8oz and 2 cups is 16oz.
I was about to say that last time I heard 2 cups was 16oz. ;>) Sure am glad I don't make those kinds of mistakes.
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I wieghed my chia seeds to find out amounts. 1/4 cup of seeds weighted one ounce. So if you ate the entire 2 cups of gel, you would only be getting a little over an ounce of chia seeds. I believe than ounce comes to about 130 calories and 2 net carbs.
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