Snack for sick kids

[donotprint]I, along with the rest of my town, have been nursing mildly sick kids this past week. Since they are not deathly ill, I’ve taken it as an opportunity to craft a snack specifically for the sick kid. Behold, jellied coconut water with fruit juice:

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Now, in case you didn’t know, coconut water seems to be the latest answer to all the world’s problems. It is naturally high in electrolytes and other good bits that are well suited to keeping you hydrated.

My local Whole Foods carries coconut water that is flavored with other juices such as mango and passion fruit. But the taste of these flavored drinks was not to my liking. But apparently, some kids will go for it. 

Plain coconut water is just not yummy; unless you’re sipping it out of a fresh coconut on a beach, then maybe it’s drinkable. So I chose to mix it with some fruit juice. I recommend apple juice instead of pomegrante if your child is vomiting. No need to wonder if your child is vomiting blood on top of everything else.

I’ve included two versions of the same recipe here. One uses a “natural” vegan gelling agent and another uses Knox. If you’d like more background on gelling agents, check out my Gelling Agents page.[/donotprint]

Vegan Gelled Coconut Water

1 cup unflavored coconut water
1 cup apple or pomegrante juice
1 packet (5 teaspoons) vegan powdered unflavored jel

In a small saucepan, bring coconut water and juice to a simmer. Transfer hot juice mixture to a small bowl. Slowly pour jel into juice mixture while stirring vigirously with a fork or small whisk. Keep stirring for two minutes. Pour juice mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove any clumps. Pour mixture into small bowls, ramekins, or cups. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Serve.

Yield: 2 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Set time: 1 hour

Traditional Gelled Coconut Water

1/2 cup cold apple or pomegrante juice
1 cup coconut water
1 packet (2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored powdered gelatin

In a small saucepan or microwave, heat coconut water until hot. In the mean time, pour juice into a small bowl. Pour gelatin over juice and allow to soak for 1 minute (a couple extra minutes is fine). Pour hot coconut water over juice mixture and stir until completely dissolved or 5 minutes. Skim any foam off of the top of the mixture with a spoon. Transfer the mixture to small bowls, ramekins or small cups. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. Serve.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes
Set time: 3 hours

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