Sugar Free Jello With Applesauce Recipe

Creating a great dessert can be hard for people with kidney failure.  This Sugar Free Jello With Applesauce Recipe to the rescue - it's a healthy dessert and easy to take to events and tastes good.  Even if you don't feel well, you like to have some jello to soothe you.  

It's a great recipe for people with CKD and Diabetes as it combines sugar free elements with the delicious flavor of a dessert. I made adjustments based on chronic kidney disease and my previous post with Strawberry Applesauce Jello Recipe (which is not sugar free but also is delicious).

It's interesting because it has unsweetened applesauce but it doesn't really taste like it. Tell me what you think!

Sugar-free jello desserts are a fantastic choice for those who are mindful of their dietary needs, especially for individuals with CKD and Diabetes. They offer a delightful treat without the added sugars, making them a healthier option.

Whether you're planning a festive gathering or a casual get-together, sugar-free jello can be customized with various flavors to suit the occasion. Consider a strawberry applesauce jello made without sugar, and for a patriotic touch, add blueberries for a red, white, and blue theme.

Moreover, for those managing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Diabetes, these desserts are particularly beneficial. They're low in potassium and phosphorus, aligning with dietary recommendations for CKD.

Plus, the absence of sugar makes it diabetic-friendly. And on those days when you need a light and refreshing treat, sugar-free jello can be the perfect pick-me-up.

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🥘 Ingredients

I used the zero sugar lemon lime soda to keep the phosphorus and potassium amounts in the recipe down, and you can easily use other brands of lemon lime soda if you prefer. Using the applesauce keeps the gelatin moist and adds soluble fiber without adding much difference to the end product. And whipped topping makes it fun (lower calorie version if desired).

See recipe card for quantities.

📖 Variations

Sugar-free jello is not only a delightful treat but also a versatile dessert that can be tailored to various tastes and occasions. For individuals managing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), it's especially beneficial.

Offering a dessert option that's low in potassium and phosphorus, sugar-free jello provides a safe and tasty alternative. Moreover, it adds much-needed variety to the dietary restrictions that often come with CKD.

Whether you're watching your sugar intake due to health reasons, managing CKD, or simply prefer a lighter dessert option, these sugar-free jello variations are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Let's dive into some creative and delicious variations that you can try at home.

  1. Tropical Mango-Pineapple Jello: Combine sugar-free mango and pineapple jello flavors. Once set, top with diced fresh mango and pineapple chunks for an added tropical twist. Eating kidney friendly fruit with CKD can be easy.
  2. Berry Bliss Jello: Use sugar-free berry-flavored jello as the base. Once it begins to set, stir in a mix of fresh raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. This not only adds texture but also a burst of natural sweetness.
  3. Creamy Coconut-Lime Jello: Start with sugar-free lime jello. As it sets, swirl in some coconut milk for a creamy texture. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes and a slice of lime.
  4. Spiced Orange-Cinnamon Jello: Opt for sugar-free orange jello and infuse it with a cinnamon stick while it's still liquid. Remove the cinnamon stick before it sets. Serve with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top.
  5. Minty Lemon-Cucumber Jello: Choose sugar-free lemon jello as your base. Add thin slices of cucumber and a few fresh mint leaves for a refreshing and cool flavor profile.

Exploring the world of sugar-free jello recipes opens up a realm of delightful possibilities. These variations are just the tip of the iceberg, and the beauty of jello is its adaptability. Remember any changes you make could alter the nutritional value of the dessert so check to ensure compatibility.

Feel free to mix and match flavors, add your favorite fruits, or even incorporate herbs for a unique twist. With sugar-free jello, you can indulge in a sweet treat that aligns with your dietary preferences and health goals. Happy dessert-making!


If you don't want to add the whipped topping, it reduces the nutritional values by 14 calories, 4 mg sodium, 6 mg potassium, and 4 mg phosphorus.

🔪 Instructions

  1. Add applesauce to pan and start to warm on low heat.

2. Add the gelatin using a whisk. Mix together and heat gently until Jell-o is dissolved - you may see a few bubbles as you stir continuously. Warming gently takes about 5 minutes on low - medium heat.

3. Remove from heat, then add the sugar free lemon-lime soda a little at a time while mixing into the gelatin.

4. Pour into the 2 quart pan - it will be a little foamy on top. Refrigerate until it sets - about 2 hours.

Hint: Using any gelatin color mix is fine, whatever flavor you want as long as it's sugar free. The lemon-lime sugar free soda does not change the flavor of the product.


After cooking the gelatin, you will need to make sure that you have room to put it into the refrigerator to cool, then add whipped topping. You can cover any leftovers and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

FAQs About Gelatin and CKD

Is sugar-free Jello safe for CKD patients?

Sugar-free Jello is generally considered safe for CKD patients as it is low in potassium and phosphorus, which are two minerals that CKD patients often need to monitor. However, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional or dietitian familiar with CKD dietary restrictions.

Can sugar-free Jello help manage fluid restrictions in CKD?

While sugar-free jello is a hydrating dessert, it's important to note that it still contributes to daily fluid intake. CKD patients on fluid restrictions should account for jello as part of their daily fluid allowance.

How can I add protein to sugar-free jello recipes for CKD patients with protein needs?

For CKD patients who need to increase their protein intake, unflavored protein powder or Greek yogurt can be incorporated into sugar-free jello recipes. However, it's essential to ensure that the protein source is low in phosphorus and potassium.

Can I add other fruits to the gelatin dessert?

Many fruits have varying amounts of potassium. While apples are generally safe, adding other fruits might increase potassium levels. It's essential to be aware of the potassium content in any added fruits. Consider what fruit is good for a renal diet when you are trying to decide on options.

How often can CKD patients consume sugar-free Jello?

While sugar-free jello is a kidney friendly options, moderation is key. The frequency of consumption should be based on individual dietary needs, overall diet, and any other health considerations. Regularly consulting with a dietitian can provide personalized guidance.

Are there any concerns about the gelatin used in sugar-free Jello for CKD patients?

Gelatin, the main ingredient that gives Jello it's texture, is derived from animal collagen. It's generally safe for CKD patients. However, it's worth noting that gelatin does contain amino acids, which can contribute to protein intake. For those on a restricted protein diet, it's essential to account for this when planning meals.

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Sugar Free Jello With Applesauce

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Great dessert for the party or potluck - choose any color sugar free gelatin.

  • Author: Mathea Ford
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 120
  • Total Time: 125
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Fat


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  • 12 ounces Sugar Free Sprite (Sprite Zero) or other clear soda beverage
  • 2 cups applesauce, unsweetened, without added Vitamin C
  • 2 packages of sugar free Jello mix
  • 1 cup whipped topping


  1. Use a 8 x 11.5 pan that is 2 quart capacity for the final product to chill in.
  2. Put the applesauce in a 2 quart saucepan, then add the gelatin using a whisk. Mix together and heat gently until gelatin is dissolved - you may see a few bubbles as you stir continuously. Warming gently takes about 5 minutes on low - medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat, then add the sugar free lemon-lime soda a little at a time while mixing into the gelatin. Pour into the 2 quart pan - it will be a little foamy on top. Refrigerate until it sets - about 2 hours.
  4. Add the whipped topping once the gelatin is set and firm.  Then cut into pieces and enjoy!


This is delicious and you can do with or without the whipped topping.  Make sure you use a pan you can put into the refrigerator to chill the Sugar Free Jello With Applesauce dessert.  You can store in your refrigerator covered for up to 5 days.  

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