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For kids (and kids at heart), this sugar free strawberry jello recipe is the ultimate easy treat! Some store bought varieties are loaded with weird stuff, but this keto jello uses real food ingredients — and gets just as wiggly and wobbly as the original.
My kids and their friends went crazy for this fruity low carb jello — they had no idea! They also love sugar free gummy bears (which uses a similar recipe) fruit leather (which also uses just a few natural ingredients), and keto strawberry ice cream (loaded with fruity flavor and nothing fake!).
The key to making the best sugar free jello is the sweetener: Besti Monk Fruit Allulose Blend! Unlike other keto sweeteners that are likely to crystallize and leave your jello gritty, Besti will dissolve completely and leave a smooth result, with the same texture as the sugary version.
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Why You’ll Love Keto Jello
This jello keto dessert has all the elements you love about regular sweetened gelatin, all in a keto friendly package.
Quick keto jello recipe overview:
- What does sugar free jello taste like? This keto gelatin tastes like regular jello! It has a naturally sweet strawberry flavor and satisfying chewy texture.
- Is it easy to make? It’s one of the easiest desserts! It only needs 3 ingredients (plus water) and a few simple steps.
- How much time will I need? You can have this keto jello recipe chilling in less than 30 minutes. It will take 4-6 hours to set.
Sugar Free Jello Ingredients
This section will explain how to choose ingredients for the best keto jello dessert, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Unflavored gelatin powder – This sets your jello. I choose a grass-fed variety, but any powdered gelatin will work. (Just make sure it is unflavored.)
- Strawberries – Fresh or frozen should work. Strawberries obviously make sugar free strawberry jello, but you can also use other berries if you like.
- Besti Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – This sweetener dissolves easily and doesn’t crystallize, to ensure a smooth gelatin. Other sweeteners will make the jello gritty.
- Water – Helps the gelatin bloom and also adds extra liquid.
How To Make Sugar Free Jello
This section will show you how to make sugar free jello with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Heat berries. In a large saucepan, heat water and berries until boiling, then reduce heat. Stir and mash the berries periodically while water heats and cools.
- Bloom gelatin. Sprinkle gelatin into a bowl with water, whisk immediately, and set aside to bloom.
- Strain. Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the berry mixture, using a spoon to push all the juice into the bowl. Add more water until you reach 3 cups of liquid total.
TIP: For extra clear, smooth jello, use a jelly bag or nut milk bag. This will get every last bit of strawberry pulp out. If you don’t have one, just the fine mesh sieve is still fine.
- Add gelatin and sweetener. Wipe down the pan and add the juice back in. Stir in Besti until dissolved. Add the bloomed gelatin and heat on low, until dissolved.
- Chill. Pour the jello base into a lined dish and chill until set.
- Cut. When fully set, remove jello from the dish using the parchment paper and slice into squares.
- Serve. Pile the jello cubes into serving dishes and enjoy!
Keto Jello FAQs
Is sugar free jello keto friendly?
Most sugarless jellos are dirty keto, but many sugar free jello recipes using store bought powders have artificial colors or sweeteners, like sucralose.
Make your gelatin at home so you know what goes in it. This keto jello recipe uses clean and simple ingredients.
What is sugar free jello sweetened with?
This keto jello is sweetened with Besti, a natural sweetener. Store-bought sugar free brands contain artificial sweeteners, like aspartame.
How many carbs in sugar free jello?
Does sugar free jello have carbs? Store brands do not, but they are also basically entirely artificial. This natural sugar free jello recipe has 6.4g net carbs per serving, which come from the strawberries.
TIP: If you want to cut carbs in half, you can cut the strawberries in half. You’ll need to add more water so that you still have 3 cups of liquid, and may need more sweetener.
How many calories in sugar free jello?
This keto jello recipe has 46 calories per serving.
Is sugar free jello good for you?
When it comes to sugar free jello nutrition, this dessert is rich in protein without the added sugar in conventional desserts. If you make it yourself, it’s an easy way to fit a natural protein boost to your day.
Can I make other sugar free jello flavors?
Yes, you can! You can swap the strawberries for other keto fruit, like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries. You can also add a little lemon or lime juice if you like those flavors, or use lemon or lime juice in place of the strained strawberry juice. Just make sure you still end up with 3 cups of liquid before adding the bloomed gelatin and sweetener.
Why didn’t my jello set?
Your keto jello could end up runny for several reasons:
- Poorly dissolved gelatin: Make sure you whisk your gelatin completely so it reaches full strength.
- Too much water: Measure your liquid carefully (you need 3 cups total at the end of step 4), otherwise the jello will get too soft.
- Not refrigerated long enough: Gelatin needs time to chill and firm up. Make sure you give it at least 4-6 hours, or ideally let it set overnight.
TIP: If you still have runny jello after following these steps, you may be able to save it: Reheat the gelatin mixture on low heat until liquified and add more bloomed gelatin, then return the mixture to a dish to set.
Can I use a different sweetener?
Different sweeteners will still add sweet flavor, but I highly recommend an allulose based sweetener like Besti because it dissolves the best and will not crystallize when storing. Crystallization will make a gritty jello.
Store gelatin in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Since it uses real fruit, how long it lasts will partly depend on how fresh your fruit is.
Can you freeze jello?
Avoid freezing jello. It will damage the proteins and the texture will be ruined.
More Keto Gelatin Recipes
If sugar free strawberry jello satisfies your sweet tooth, you’ll love these keto recipes that also use gelatin:
- Keto Chocolate Pudding – Smooth, creamy, and chocolaty — a classic sugar free gelatin dessert.
- Sugar Free Marshmallows – Soft and springy, just like regular marshmallows!
- Almond Flour Crepes – Gelatin holds these perfectly light crepes together.
- Keto Apple Pie – A little bit of gelatin creates a thick and rich “apple” filling.
Tools To Make Homemade Jello
- Enameled Saucepan – I love this pan because it heats so quickly and evenly, and it’s the perfect size for this homemade jello recipe.
- Fine Mesh Sieve – Necessary for straining the berries. If you don’t, your gelatin won’t set properly.
- Jelly Strainer Bag – If you like the look and texture of clear jello with no fruity bits, this is the best way to strain them out.
Easy Sugar Free Jello Recipe
Keto Sugar Free Jello Recipe
Learn how to make sugar free jello at home, with just 3 simple real food ingredients! This strawberry keto jello recipe is sweet and 100% natural.
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Combine 1/2 cup (118 ml) water and strawberries in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring and mashing as berries soften.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, until berries are fall-apart soft. Mash with the back of a spoon.
Meanwhile, pour 1/2 cup (118 ml) water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder into the bowl and whisk immediately before it sets. Set aside to bloom for at least 5 minutes.
Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl. (If you want super clear jello, line it with a jelly bag or nut milk bag.) When the berries are very soft, pour the berry mixture over the sieve. Press with a spoon or spatula to push the juice into the bowl. Measure out as much juice as you can to use for the jello (up to 3 cups but it will likely be less). Add more water to to the juice to reach 3 cups liquid total.
Wipe down the saucepan and pour juice back into the saucepan over medium heat. Add Besti and stir to dissolve. Taste and adjust sweetener to taste if needed.
Reduce heat to low. Stir in the bloomed gelatin and heat, stirring, for about 2 minutes, until gelatin dissolves.
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper, with the paper hanging over the sides. Pour the strawberry liquid into the pan.
Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight, until set.
Remove the jello from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper. Slice into 1 inch squares.
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I saw a recipe using pineapple Jello, but I want to make it sugar-free. Any thoughts/recipes on using extracts to flavor gelatin? Thanks!
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Nina, I think that should work for you.
Can you use thawed frozen berries?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Carrie, Yes, that would work.
I’ve never made homemade fruit Jell-O before, but it looks easy, healthy, and delicious. Can I put the mashed down pieces of strawberries back in, after I’ve already strained/measured the liquid needed for this recipe? I also like the strawberries in my jello. It remind me of preserves, but in Jell-O form. Please advise, thank you 😊
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Laura, That should work for you in this recipe.
Any substitutions for the enameled saucepan, I can’t afford one that expensive.
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Carrie, Make sure you are using a non-stick pan.
so 1 cup water in the recipe.. but then Measure out as much juice as you can to use for the jello (up to 3 cups, but it will likely be less). Add more water to to the juice to reach 3 cups liquid total.
I’ve been looking for a simple sugar free gelatin (jello) recipe, but every time I am left perplexed. I want to use strawberry extract, monkfruit with a few whole strawberries about 1 per serving. So confused, but your recipe was the closest… just don’t understand the amount of liquid.
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Rhi, The first cup of water is used in the strawberry mixture and blooming the gelatin. After step 4 you should have a total of 3 cups of strawberry juice to use in the jello.
What to do with the strained out strawberries? There has to be something that they can used, in… perhaps in baking? Could use some ideas. Fruit is too good to just throw away. Thank You Sandra W.
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Sandra, I have never tried it but maybe something like this strawberry avocado smoothie would work for you.
Can this be poured into small cups? want to put in hubby’s lunch instead of store bought. Guess I will try it and see…
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Jill, Yes, you can put this into individual cups.
Hi, thank you for the link to your strawberry chia jam. Not quite what I am aiming for.
My original question is a bit confusing. Allow me to try again, please.
I want to know if a (morning toast) jelly can be prepared with Lorann fruit emulsions and gelatine…. Plus Now stevia powder. In order to create a zero carb breakfast jelly.
Yes, I love strawberries. But all fruits are my sugar trigger and I have finally admitted to myself that they are a “no, no. No ifs, ands or buts!”
I am using Welch’s Grape jelly as inspiration. But interested recreated such a thing in a zero keto form breakfast indulgence.
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Gladys, You may prefer my keto jelly recipe, which doesn’t have the texture of a jam and is similar to a grape jelly in consistency. It does have fruit (blackberries) in it, though. I do not have a jam or jelly recipe that does not contain any low carb fruit.
Is this strawberry gel strong enough tasting to be spread on keto toast as a jelly/jam? Or should less gelatine be used to make it softer and spreadable? Should strawberry extract be added to bump up the flavour profile? Would frozen berries work? Could rhubarb be added? Just wondering. What I am looking for is a very low carb keto jam/jelly…. A 1/2 cup serving would be too much… but it is very fine that you included macros.
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Gladys, I recommend that you check out my strawberry jam recipe.
Can I put the fruit in my vita mix and thoroughly blend it then heat it in a saucepan and use it without straining it?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Vicki, Yes, you can do this. Your jello will be more opaque in color if you blend it and skip the straining step, but it will work just fine.
Thanks for awesome recipes
Amy L Huntley0
It has been a long time since I have made homemade jello from scratch. Not sure why I don’t make it more often! So, so good! I love that this recipe is sugar free too!
Didn’t realize that homemade jello is so easy & tastes so much better!! My kids love jello, especially with homemade whipped cream!
Super easy & delicious!! My kids got excited when I made this!
Can you leave the strawberries in the jello? Sometimes I like to have fruit in my jello. Just wondering. Thanks in advance.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Tamara, Sure! Just make sure your strawberry pieces are thoroughly dried before adding to the gelatin so it doesn’t fall apart when slicing.