Low Carb Coconut Lemon Vanilla Gelatin


Stevia is a natural calorie free sweetener, acceptable for those on anti-yeast, ketogenic, or low carb diets. I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of stevia, but adding a pinch of salt, vanilla, and lemon extract to this jello gave it a variety of flavors that work well with the stevia.

The gelatin is from healthy cows and is a good source of amino acids (protein). I don’t have any real studies, but I find when my children regularly consume about 1 teaspoon of gelatin a day their dry-weather induced nose bleeds completely stop.

The coconut milk in this recipe is a great source of medium chain fatty acids, and coconut also has antimicrobial properties.

Let food be your medicine…

My children actually don’t like jello (one of the few foods they don’t like) so I freeze this in popsicle molds (available here) for them and they still get the gelatin health benefits. For a quick on the go snack, chill the jello mixture in lidded single serving containers.

Low Carb GAPS Friendly Coconut Jello

Makes 8  servings

1-1/2 cups filtered water (buy water filters here)
1 can coconut milk (buy here)
5 tablespoons beef gelatin from grassfed cows (buy here)
5 servings (scoops) powdered stevia (buy here)
1 pinch sea salt (buy here)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (buy here)


Directions: Bring water and coconut milk to a simmer over medium heat.  Add gelatin, stevia, salt, and extracts. Stir with a whisk or a fork (fork is easier to clean, that’s what I use!) every few minutes for 10 minutes, or until all gelatin lumps have broken up.  Pour into bowls, cups, or popsicle molds.  Chill and serve when set.  The fatty layer of the coconut separates a bit from the liquidy part, but it still all tastes great.


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  1. This recipe sounds great! I have a couple of questions: 1) Can you leave out the lemon extract to make it a vanilla jello and would this still taste good? 2) I don’t like stevia either, what other natural sweeteners would work well with this?

    • Yes, you can leave out the lemon extract. Maple syrup (maybe 1/4 cup in this batch) would be really good, but not low carb.

      • Sorry just saw your answer and quantity, maple syrup sounds great! Could I also use raw honey to make it GAPS friendly?

        • Yes! I just think if you’re not on GAPS, maple syrup would be tastier with the coconut. Pureed dates could work as well

  2. Me again, would I still needt he pinch of salt if I use another sweetener other than stevia? Also, how much of the other sweetener would I use, for example could I use raw honey and if so how much?

  3. Just curious where it says from grass-fed cows on the geletin you buy??? I buy Bernard Jensens and am just wondering if the one you get is better???

    • @Laura – I personally called both Great Lakes and Bernard Jensens to find out if they were grass-fed. Great Lakes confirmed that their gelatin came from grass-fed cows. Bernard Jensens could not confirm from grass-fed and pretty much told me they are just from “regular” cows. That was enough for me to know I wanted to buy from Great Lakes.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Hi, the stevia i have is powdered green stevia leaf and it did not come with a scoop so i have no idea what ‘5 scoops’ equates to. Roughly how much is it?

    • Maybe 1/4 teaspoon total? It’s more about what they consider a ‘serving’ to be, some stevia is sweeter than other, so I don’t want you to be lead wrong. 5 servings should work well, ie 5 x however amount you’d stir in tea to make it sweet.

  5. Melissa Carey says:

    I have to tell you I tried this and loved it. I didn’t have extract, So I did lemon juice and used less Stevia. Brought the sweetness in the coconut out. I would totally eat this flavor flan!!!! I wonder if I would just add eggs and omit the gelatin???? I will have to look into this. I’m on an anti candida diet and this was awesome!!!! Thank you.

    • Thanks for writing! I always love knowing when people try my favorite recipes and they become their favorites as well :)

  6. Hi — I love this recipe! Do you have a nutritional breakdown for it? How many carbs, how much protein, how much fat?

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