Lemon Meringue Pie on a Stick

Lemon Meringue Gelées | Party bites | Recipe Renovator | Paleo, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sodium
I saw the recipe for
piña colada on a stick in the July issue of Cooking Light and was instantly intrigued. I decided to try a version of it for the Melissa’s Produce Lemonade Challenge to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand. What I didn’t expect: this easy dessert tastes exactly like lemon meringue pie! Bonus, it’s paleo, sugar-free, gluten-free, low-sodium, and dairy-free! The gelatin naturally separates into layers as it sets, giving you a clear layer on the bottom with the flecks of zest, and a rich creamy layer on top.

While this is dairy-free, it’s not vegan because of the gelatin. You could try using agar agar powder in place of the gelatin for a vegan version, but I haven’t tested it.

How I renovated this recipe

The original recipe from Cooking Light made a toasted-coconut-infused gelatin. Since I wanted to highlight the beautiful Meyer lemons, I skipped all those steps and simply replaced some of the coconut water with fresh Meyer lemon juice. I added the lemon zest for pretty flecks and also more flavor. I used full-fat coconut milk and added one tablespoon of coconut manna (also called coconut butter) instead of the heavy whipping cream their recipe called for, and I omitted the salt. I hoped that would add the right amount of fat for the gelatin to separate. My layers weren’t as distinct as theirs. I replaced the sugar with high-quality organic stevia in packets for just the right amount of sweetness with no aftertaste. I did try marinating the plum pieces in a mixture of lime juice and rum, as their recipe did with pineapple. I did not care for that flavor combination, so I’ve simply suggested using more lemon juice to keep the plum pieces from browning.

[Migraine diet peeps should note that I have already tested lemons and they don't cause problems for me; this is not approved for the migraine diet because of the lemon. But I will definitely be making some jello recipes in the future that will work for the migraine diet.]

Suitable for:

gluten-free, dairy-free, GFCF, sugar-free, low-sodium, paleo, vegetarian diets

Not for:

vegan or migraine diets
Lemon Meringue Gelées | Party bites | Recipe Renovator | Paleo, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sodium
You might also like:
Piña colada on a stick from Cooking Light (inspiration recipe)
Honey grapefruit gelée from Empowered Sustenance
Paleo Strawberry Jello (that looks like adorable mini watermelons) by Rubies and Radishes
Required FTC disclosure: I was sent the Meyer lemons, plums, and muscato grapes from Melissa’s Produce for this post. I was not paid to write this post.

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These jello bites taste exactly like lemon meringue pie, and make fun little party snacks paired with fresh fruit.
Servings Prep Time
18skewers 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5minutes 4hours
Servings Prep Time
18skewers 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5minutes 4hours
Lemon Meringue Pie on a Stick
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These jello bites taste exactly like lemon meringue pie, and make fun little party snacks paired with fresh fruit.
Servings Prep Time
18skewers 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5minutes 4hours
Servings Prep Time
18skewers 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5minutes 4hours
Ingredients
Servings: skewers
Units:
Instructions
  1. Zest the lemons into a medium saucepan.
  2. Juice the lemons, then add the juice to a one-cup measuring cup.
  3. Fill the cup to the top with coconut water.
  4. Add coconut water mixture to saucepan, then add the gelatin packets, stirring with a whisk to combine.
  5. Let sit five minutes.
  6. Put the saucepan on the stove on medium heat, adding the coconut milk and coconut manna or oil. Stir with a whisk for five minutes, but do not boil.
  7. Take off the heat and whisk in the vanilla and stevia.
  8. Spray a square pan and pour into the pan. Refrigerate for four hours until set.
  9. Cut into 36 squares.
  10. To make the skewers, quarter the plums and toss with some lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
  11. Thread party picks with jello square, grape, and plum pieces. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

Per skewer:

  • 47 calories
  • 2 g fat
  • 2 g saturated fat
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 8 mg sodium
  • 61 mg potassium
  • 7 g carbohydrate
  • 0 g fiber
  • 6 g sugars
  • 0 g protein
  • 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus
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  1. says

    This look adorable. Definitely the kind of dessert I’d like to try. Except, I’d probably switch it up and use whipping cream because I am not a coconut milk fan. ;)

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