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Keto Sugar Free Jello Recipe (from scratch!)

Give into your sweet tooth with this easy homemade Keto Jello Recipe! Loaded with simple, natural ingredients and no artificial dyes, this easy sugar free jello recipe is ready for the fridge in just minutes. It’s perfect for a low-carb keto diet, and kids love it too!

Yellow jello with whipped cream in a stemless wine glass garnished with blueberries.

Jello. Wibbly wobbly jelly. Who doesn’t love this timeless treat? From classic jello salads to sugar free jello shots, this fun food is one that we love from childhood to grandparenthood. It comes in every flavor and molds to any shape, perfect for any occasion. However, most jello is pretty high carb. But it doesn’t have to be!

Making your own healthy sugar free jello is fun and you can be as creative as you like. I wanted to keep my keto jello dessert super simple and just use lemon juice instead of flavorings, however, the sky is literally the limit when it comes to the flavor of your sugar free jello. See below for a few suggestions.

By the way, when I mentioned above that kids love this sugar-free jello too, I meant my one-year-old son was asking for more and more. He happens to love lemons. Give him a chunk of lemon to chew on and he’s a happy boy.

πŸ’› Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy: This is such a simple recipe to throw together! Whisk all of the ingredients together and let it set. Making your own healthy jello dessert couldn’t be easier.
  • Quick: Prep takes less than 10 minutes. Then let the fridge do the rest of the work for you.
  • Simple ingredients: Gelatin, lemon, sweetener, water, and whipped cream. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! It’s perfect for a paleo diet as well!
  • Healthier: This keto sugar free jello recipe is great for anyone keeping an eye on their blood sugar or calories. Keto desserts are usually perfect for diabetics as well.
  • Everyone loves it: This is one the whole family will enjoy digging into, whether they’re on a ketogenic diet or not!
  • Net carbs: Just 3g net carbs per serving! The jello alone has only 1g net carbs.

πŸ—οΈ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Gelatin: I skipped the store bought sugar free jello mix and instead I added a 12g sachet of unflavored gelatin powder to this recipe. If you want to use gelatin leaves instead, use 4 leaves.
  • Lemon juice: I love the addition of this citrusy fresh fruit in the recipe as opposed to artificial flavoring. The lemon aroma comes through perfectly. Lime juice would be a great alternative.
  • Sweetener: I skipped the artificial sweeteners and added my go-to keto sweetener which is a stevia and erythritol blend. Your sweetener of choice will be fine as well, just make sure it has a 1:1 ratio with sugar.
  • Water: You’ll need 2 cups of water: 1 hot (boiled) water and 1 cool water. The boiled water must be cooled for a couple of minutes before adding the gelatine.
  • Coloring: Food coloring is completely optional for this recipe, however, it is so much fun! I try to avoid artificial colors where possible and opted to use PME Natural Food Colouring instead. It turned out so vibrant – I was very impressed!
  • Whipped cream: I whisked heavy whipping cream with powdered erythritol and a little vanilla extract to add a sugar free whipped cream topping. You can replace the heavy cream with cool whip, or even coconut whipped cream if desired. Check out my Coconut Whipped Cream recipe for step-by-step instructions!
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πŸ₯£  How to make Sugar Free Jello

Keto Jello

1. Boil water: Boil half of the water and add it to a large bowl or measuring jug for easy pouring later.

2. Add sugar free jello ingredients: Whisk in the gelatin, sweetener, lemon juice, cool water, and food coloring and continue whisking until everything is dissolved.

Whisking keto jello recipe ingredients together in a clear measuring jug.

3. Prepare setting dishes: Prepare the 4 small bowls or cups that you want to set and serve the sugar-free jello in. I opted to make jello cups with 4 stemless wine glasses. I tilted them in a bread tin so that they would have a fun diagonal slant, but this is entirely optional.

4. Pour the jello: Pour the homemade jello mixture into your prepared dishes and allow it to come to room temperature if it hasn’t already.

Lemon jello in 2 tilted glasses in a brown clay container.

5. Chill: Place the sugar free jello cups in the fridge and chill them until they are set, about 3 hours.

Whipped Cream

6. Combine: Add the cream, sweetener, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.

7. Whisk: Whip the ingredients with an electric mixer or the whisk attachment on your stand mixture until stiff peaks form.

8. Serve: Once the homemade sugar free jello has set, top it with whipped cream and a few blueberries if desired.

πŸͺ„ Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Change colors: Any color of food coloring will work for this recipe! Try a little red to make pink lemonade jello.
  • Other homemade sugar free jello recipes to try:
    • Lime jello: Instead of adding freshly squeezed lemon juice, try lime juice plus a drop of blue coloring with 1/2 teaspoon of yellow to make green.
    • Orange jello: Add 1/4-1/2 tsp of orange extract and a drop of red food coloring to the 1/2 teaspoon of yellow to make it orange.
    • Sugar Free Strawberry Jello: Add 1/4-1/2 tsp of strawberry extract and 1/2 a teaspoon of red food coloring. If you’re a fan of fresh strawberries, add a few chopped strawberries to the mixture and let it set. Add whipped cream or sweet cream cheese and blueberries to make this sugar free strawberry jello patriotic-themed.
  • Lower calorie: Skip the cream or use light cool whip or squirty cream to reduce the calories.
  • Make it paleo: Top with coconut whipped cream to make this treat dairy-free and paleo-friendly.
  • Keto jello shots: Replace the cup of cold water with vodka and pour it into shot containers with lids. Make sure that the gelatin mixture is cool before adding the vodka – you don’t want to burn off any alcohol!
  • Store any leftover keto sugar free jello in the fridge for up to a week.

❓ Can jello be keto?

Yes, absolutely! If you use unflavored gelatin powder or leaves along with freshly squeezed juice from berries, lemon, limes, or natural flavor extract, plus a little zero-carb sweetener, jello can definitely fit into a keto diet quite easily. It’s so fun to make your own versions as well!

πŸ€” Is sugar free jello allowed on keto?

Technically sugar free jello can easily fit keto macros, however, it does have a lot of artificial ingredients (flavorings, colors, and sweeteners). Commercial sugar free jello would not be allowed on a clean keto diet but a dirty keto diet allows for anything and everything as long as you’re in ketosis.

🀷‍♀️ Does sugar-free jello spike insulin?

Thankfully, sugar free jello is a great low carb treat that you can enjoy without worrying about your blood sugar levels raising.

βœ… Sugar free jello nutrition facts

Looking at the jello itself without any cream or other toppings, there isn’t much to this keto dessert!

Calories: 8

Sodium: 7mg

Carbohydrates: 1g

Protein: 2g

How many carbs are in keto jello?

This recipe has 1g of carbs, and also 1g total net carbs. This doesn’t include the whipped cream topping.

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Yellow keto jello with whipped cream in a stemless wine glass garnished with blueberries.

Keto Jello Recipe (Lemon)

Bethany Galloway
Give into your sweet tooth with this easy Keto Jello Recipe! Loaded with simple, natural ingredients and no artificial dyes or added sugar, this easy sugar-free jello recipe is ready for the fridge in just minutes. It's perfect for a low-carb keto diet, and kids love it too!
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Keto
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

Jello

  • 12 g/1 sachet unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1/4 4 tablespoons cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup 50g sweetener of your choice (I used a stevia and erythritol blend)
  • 1 cup 240ml boiled hot water
  • 1 240ml cup cool water
  • 1/2 teaspoon food coloring

Whipped Cream (See Note 3)

  • 1 + 1/3 cups 300ml heavy whipping cream (double cream) or coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup 50g powdered erythritol
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Keto Jello

  • Boil half of the water and add it to a measuring jug for easy pouring later.
  • Whisk the gelatin, sweetener, lemon juice, cool water, and coloring into the jug, and continue whisking until everything is dissolved.
    Whisking keto jello recipe ingredients together in a clear measuring jug.
  • Prepare the 4 small bowls or cups that you want to set and serve the sugar-free jello in. I opted to make jello cups with 4 stemless wine glasses. I tilted them in a bread tin so that they would have a fun diagonal slant, but this is entirely optional.
  • Pour the homemade jello mixture into your prepared dishes and allow it to come to room temperature if it hasn't already.
    Lemon jello in 2 tilted glasses in a brown clay container.
  • Place the jello cups in the fridge and chill them until they are set, about 3 hours.

Whipped Cream

  • Add the cream, sweetener, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.
  • Whip the ingredients with an electric mixer or the whisk attachment on your stand mixture until stiff peaks form.
  • Once the jello has set, top it with whipped cream and a few blueberries if desired.

Notes

  1. Change colors: Any color of food coloring will work for this sugar free jello recipe! Try a tiny drop of red to make pink lemonade jello.
  2. Different flavors:
    – Lime jello:
    Instead of adding freshly squeezed lemon juice, try lime juice plus a drop of blue coloring with 1/2 teaspoon of yellow to make green.
    – Orange jello: Add 1/4-1/2 tsp of orange extract and a drop of red food coloring to the 1/2 teaspoon of yellow to make it orange.
    Strawberry jello: Add 1/4-1/2 tsp of strawberry extract and 1/2 a teaspoon of red food coloring. If you're a fan of fresh strawberries, add a few chopped strawberries to the mixture and let it set. Add whipped cream and blueberries to make this sugar free strawberry jello patriotic-themed.
  3. Lower calorie: Skip the cream or use light cool whip or squirty cream to reduce the calories. To make it dairy-free, top it with my Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe (so tasty!).
  4. Make it paleo: Top with coconut whipped cream to make this treat dairy-free and paleo-friendly.
  5. Keto jello shots: Replace the cup of cold water with vodka and pour it into shot containers with lids. Make sure that the gelatin mixture is cool before adding the vodka – you don't want to burn off any alcohol!
  6. Store any leftover sugar free jello desserts in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 5gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 30mgSugar: 2g
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