This fruity gelatin dessert is perfect for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). It’s espcially great if you’re just starting out and need something a little lighter. I like that these are healthy and not too sweet. They’re great for a snack and would work great in a lunch box (you may want to use plastic ramekins for that).

They’re a little time consuming, but easy to make and totally worth it. You can subsitute other flavors, just keep in mind that some fresh fruits will cause gelatin not to set. These include:

  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Guava
  • Fresh figs

The reason these fruits don’t work is they contain an ezyme that breaks down proteins (they do work great as meat tenderizers). Gelatin is a protein so these fruits will work against the setting process. The enzyme is deactived when heated above 170 degrees so you could cook the fruit if you want to use one of these. You could also use canned pineapple (make sure it is SCD-legal).

I’ve also found that bananas get very soft when used in gelatin, which I don’t like.

SCD Recipe: Berry Watermelon Gel Cups

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Paleo, SCD, Sugar-free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Stand Time 3 hours
Servings 8 cups


  • 2 cups fresh watermelon (rind removed)
  • 2 1/4 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 packets plain gelatin (2 tbsp)
  • 2 cups berries (thawed if using frozen)


Preparing the watermelon

  1. You'll need two cups of fresh watermelon. I used half of a personal seedless watermelon (it was a fairly large personal watermelon)

  2. Put watermelon in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth

  3. You should have about a cup and a half of puree

  4. Pour puree through a strainer to strain out thicker pulp and any seeds

  5. This will leave you with about one cup of watermelon juice

Preparing the gel cups

  1. Heat apple cider and lime juice in a smal sauce pan until juice is just hot, but not boiling. If liquid boils allow it to cool for a few minutes

  2. Sprinkle gelatin packets over cold watermelon juice and let stand for one minute

  3. Add gelatin mixture to the hot apple juice and stir for about five minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved

  4. Pour mixture into eight ramekins so they are about 3/4 full

  5. Refrigerate cups for 30 - 60 minutes so gel just starts to solidify. It makes a difference if the cups are covered or not. Covered cups will take longer to solidify. If not covered they'll probably ready to add the fruit after 30 minutes

  6. Add berries to the gel cups

  7. Refrigerate cups for at least two more hours until gelatin is set

  8. Store covered in refrigerator

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Sherry is a writer/blogger specializing in entertainment and food writing. She has been following a gluten, grain, and sugar-free diet for over 15 years and is the author of Don't Skip Dessert: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Sugar-Free Sweet Treats. She also enjoys writing about movies and television. You can find her entertainment articles at

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