Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. When my children were growing up; I always tried to feed them healthy foods. I limited the amount of sugar and unhealthy ingredients they ate by making jello, using fruit juices and I served homemade snacks. Now that they are grown, they still eat a healthy diet and do not drink sodas or eat a lot of junk foods. I am sure many of us have wondered if our parenting skills are paying off when our children are young and acting out.  Well, I believe they do! I have seen it more times than not. Sometimes the sweet rewards come a couple of years after they have experienced the world as an adult and before parents experience the rocking chair. 

This tutorial will show how to make Jello using fruit juice and will also show you how to make heart designs in bananas as well as using jello to fill a banana. I have seen writing on bananas and Jello filled fruit, but I have never seen a banana filled with Jello made from fruit juice or heart shapes in the bananas. These are meant to be eaten the first day for best appearance. This instructable was inspired by the Valentine's Contest. Let's get started!

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

The good news is . . .  . .  you won't need to practice on 20 bananas! But you might plan on using more than what you want to make because there is a trick to getting it right. I will try and walk you through my experiments so you won't make the same mistakes that I did. I used store bought flavored jell-0 for the jello filled banana because it worked better.

Fruit juice (I am not sure about pineapple juice though) 
Knox unflavored gelatin or Agar Agar.
Greenish firm Bananas
Lemon juice approximately 2 Tablespoons, used to help prevent browning on the bananas
Sweetener if desired
Funnel, ladle or spoon 
Tiny heart shaped cookie cutter 
Tooth pick is helpful
A bowl or something to prop the banana up as well as the banana end as shown in the pictures.
I made some banana jello that was made using apple juice, Knox unflavored gelatin  and the banana. I blended the juice together with the banana and followed the recipe.  It tasted very good. The color was off unfortunately, so I did not use it. I thought it would be awesome to make a banana jello filled banana! It tasted just like a banana only it had a different texture! 

<p>Wow. Going to try this one. Really innovative !</p>
That's really neat. Going to have to try this for my daughter! Thanks for the idea!
Thank you for stopping by and do have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
BANANNA <br>*opens bannana* <br>JELLOOOOO
Yes, it was a fun experiment! Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day shines! <br>sunshiine
Thanks! Great to see you! Have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
i really like ur idea . i mean it is soo inovative...
Thank you for the sweet comment! It was a challenge to figure out how to do it but the rewards were sweet! Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a beautiful day! <br>sunshiine
You are very creative, Sylvia!
Thanks rimar! I have learned from the best, my mom, scoochmaroo, and Jessyratfink! I always appreciate your comments! Have a beautiful day! <br>Sunshiine
Awesome! I'm definitely going to give this a shot this weekend. Jello is way too good. <br /> <br />GM
Super! Be patient it is tricky trust me! So fun though. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! <br>Sunshiine
Sorry, but all your recipes look delicious for me. So, if I repeat everytime &quot;delicious&quot;, it's your fault for making delicious things everyday! :-)
Thanks MC! Homemade jello is much tastier than store bought. It is not as sweet which makes the natural fruit flavor stand out! I wished we had citrus fruit here but all we have is peach and apricot. It is too cold for citrus here. Again thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is especially bright and beautiful! <br>Sunshiine
Thanks Sunshiine! The same for you! :-)
Thanks! I am counting down! Big grin!
Of all the tricks to perform with a banana, this is one of the best i've ever seen
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a splendorous day always! <br>Sunshiine

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