Wondering why anyone would need 30 collagen and gelatin recipes?
Well, if you’ve read my previous article, you know that collagen and gelatin have impressive health benefits. But how do you get more gelatin or collagen in your daily diet?
Because let’s face it adding a scoop of collagen in your smoothies or shakes gets boring. Fast.
So, if you’re at loss about how to use gelatin and collagen, this article is for you. Go through these 30 collagen and gelatin recipes; I’m sure you’ll find a few that’ll call your name. And nope, they’re not all wiggly, jiggly recipes or smoothies – keep reading to find out what I mean.
Common misconceptions regarding collagen & gelatin recipes
1. Collagen can be used in gelatin recipes.
Yes, you can use collagen in recipes that call for gelatin. But you’ll have an epic fail. And that would be a shame considering that collagen and gelatin aren’t exactly cheap.
‘Don’t you get gelatin when you heat collagen???’ you’re probably wondering.
Yes, the structure of collagen changes when you heat it and the end-product is known as gelatin. But collagen and protein have very different properties:
- Adding one teaspoon of gelatin to two cups of fluid will cause the fluid to gel. On the other hand, collagen does not congeal liquids at all! [In other words, if you use collagen in a gummy recipe that requires gelatin, you’ll end up with a soup and zero gummies…]
- Collagen will dissolve in both hot and cold liquids. Gelatin dissolves only in hot liquids.
To learn more about collagen and gelatin, check out this evidence-based article.
2. Collagen and gelatin recipes are as unhealthy store-bought gelatin products.
It depends on the ingredients.
Commercial Jell-O, gum drops, gummy bears, and marshmallows don’t just contain gelatin. They’re also little sugar bombs with all the high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and sugar they contain. And their lovely colors come from food dyes which are anything but natural.
But don’t worry; the collagen and gelatin recipes listed in this article do not contain any of these nasty ingredients.
3. Collagen and gelatin recipes are marketing scams.
I agree: the following collagen and gelatin recipes are irresistible. But they’ll also keep your body happy. Research suggests that collagen and gelatin can help:
- Protect your heart
- Improve sleep quality
- Improve your digestion
- Give your gut some love
- Repair damaged connective tissues
- Keep your skin, nails, and hair healthy
- Enhance the liver’s innate detox mechanisms
- Reduce fibromyalgia symptoms and joint pain
Wondering how collagen can do all that? Check out this article on the benefits of collagen. You’ll also learn about factors that mess with the body’s collagen production.
Let’s (finally) have a look at those collagen and gelatin recipes! As usual, you simply have to click on the recipe’s name to access it.
A. Pancakes, Rolls, Breadsticks, and Pizza crusts
There’s something extraordinary about these Paleo, AIP, and GAPS compliant pancakes. Can you guess what it is? Although they’re egg-free, they still contain eggs. Gelatin eggs to be precise.
To make gelatin eggs, you only need gelatin, cold, and hot water. [Check out the recipe for directions.]
And for the pancakes, you’ll require green plantains, coconut flour, applesauce, and melted coconut oil.
Can’t wrap your head around how to peel a plantain? Check out the video below – it’s not a ‘new’ way but it is fast.
Craving for a fluffy and slightly chewy bread roll that’s grain-free, egg-free, and nut-free? Then, you might want to try these rolls which contain nothing but coconut flour, coconut oil, gelatin, some Italian seasoning, and a dash of sea salt.
Don’t worry about leftovers – these rolls are perfect even after a couple of hours.
Read this before trying this recipe: Working with coconut flour can be pretty tricky. So keep in mind to gradually add in the gelatin eggs to give the coconut flour enough time to absorb the liquid. Otherwise, you’ll end up with rocks instead of fluffy rolls.
- Jazz up your dinner rolls by sprinkling some poppy seeds or sesame seeds on top of them just before baking.
- These dinner rolls are also great as snacks – if you eat dairy products, you could mix some garlic paste with some grass-fed butter and use this as a spread.
These breadsticks are the perfect healthy snacks for special occasions. While they taste great on their own, they taste even better with a sauce or a dip like the cashew-coconut milk dip below.
For this cashew-coconut milk dip, you will need:
- Full-fat coconut milk (½ cup)
- Virgin coconut oil (½ cup)
- Raw cashews (¼ cup)
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Italian seasoning (¼ teaspoon)
To make this dip, simply follow the instructions below:
- For about 2 minutes, on high speed, blend together all the ingredients.
- Once you obtain a smooth and creamy sauce, throw in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3½ tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Blend for another minute.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Great to know: This dip can be stored up to one week in the fridge. (Yay!)
This pizza crust is not only nut-free, dairy-free, and grain-free. It also does not contain a yeast dough. Amazing, isn’t it? As a result, you get to enjoy a thin, crispy crust.
Great to know: You can make as many of these crusts as you want and freeze them for later. Once you remove the crusts from the oven, let them cool down completely and separate them with parchment papers. Then, gently place them in gallon sized Ziplock bags. When you feel like eating pizza, you’ll just have to pull one crust out of the freezer, sprinkle some of your favorite toppings on top and reheat it in the oven.
This ready-in-30-minute flatbread can be served for breakfast, as a late afternoon snack, and even a pizza crust! Pretty cool, right?
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