Mango Jello Fruit Squares

After I recreated my mom’s granola I started thinking about one of my favorite summertime desserts.  It was this fruity, jello, creamy something with a pretzel crust.  This memory I had of this specific dessert is something I probably haven’t tasted or seen in maybe 25 years.

I immediately contacted my sister to see if she knew what I was talking about just to make sure I wasn’t crazy and she knew exactly what I was talking about.

It is moments like this where I imagine a voice like Morgan Freeman’s permeating my kitchen saying,”Your mission Hillary, should you choose to accept, is to recreate the healthiest and most delicious version of your favorite childhood dessert.  Should you decline this mission, everyone will roam the earth with upset stomachs, arthritis, and sourpuss faces… no pressure.”

Who knew Morgan Freeman understood Jewish guilt so well?!!   So I present to you something that you can have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or just as a snack!

Directions For the Crust:

Granola Crust



Bake this granola in the Pyrex pan for about 5-7 mins on 350 and then let cool for a few minutes before pouring Jello over.

Ingredients For the Jello:

  • 1 cup organic frozen mango
  • 2 dates (pitted… or just remove the pits yourself)
  • 2 tsp of fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp of Great Lakes Kosher Beef gelatin
  • water to fill the remainder of the single cup blender to the fill line
  • 1 cup water for the sauce pan



Add your dates, mango, vanilla, ginger, lemon juice and fill the rest of the way with cold water.  Blend well.


Pour contents of blender into saucepan and add 1 cup of water.  Put between medium to high heat.  When it is hot add in 2 tbsp of Great Lakes Gelatin and whisk in until it is mixed well.  Then remove from heat.

I had a bag of frozen mixed berries that I poured over my already baked granola crust right before I poured my Jello over.


Put into the refrigerator and let cool until it has completely congealed.


Ready, Set, Eat!

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