Broth Blocks for Snacktime or Sleepytime

Broth Blocks for Snacktime or Sleepytime | RealFoodCarolynYou know I’m a fan of nourishing bone broth, right? I brew big batches of broth and use it to make nutritious soups and stews. We also drink bone broth by the mugful, seasoning it with unrefined salt and stirring in a dollop of coconut oil. But sometimes I like to switch things up! What do you think of these little Broth Blocks? The recipe is super-simple and they make a great snack to keep on-hand in your fridge.

Poulet Pudding?

Such a fun and healthy snack. Kids, big and small, will get a kick out of the jiggly-ness of Broth Blocks made with chicken broth but be sure you let them know these are savory little nuggets not sweet treats. Prepare their palates for the experience, ya know?

Bedtime Snack?

A small bowlful of these Broth Blocks are also handy for those of us who are working to improve the quality of our sleep. During the past few months, I’ve been focusing on managing my hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and have found that a nourishing snack shortly before bedtime helps me sleep more soundly. My smart friend Laura, at AncestralizeMe, explains why broth and gelatin are helpful for sleep in this post. Be sure to note her other great nutritional tips for better sleep!

Get Well Goodness?

Bone broth is revered in traditional cultures for it’s healing effects in times of illness. Sometimes a warm mug of broth is not convenient or desirable. For instance, I’ve found that Broth Blocks can be suitable for those who are recovering from dental surgery such as wisdom tooth removal.

Ready to mix up a batch?

It’s so easy! All you need is:

1 tablespoon gelatin from grass-fed animals (I prefer the Vital Proteins brand but there is also  Great Lakes or Bernard Jensen.)
2 cups homemade chicken broth seasoned with unrefined salt, divided


Note: Sometimes it’s tricky to get the gelatin to completely dissolve without ending up with some lumps. The best technique is to first dissolve the gelatin in a little bit of cold liquid then combine it with warm liquid to complete the process.

Here’s my technique to make these fun and nourishing Broth Blocks:

  1. Place 1 tablespoon gelatin in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of cold bone broth. Immediately stir with a fork or small whisk to dissolve the gelatin. It will set up very quickly.
  2. Warm the remaining broth in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Combine the dissolved & firmed-up gelatin with the warmed broth. Whisk to dissolve. If you see a few little lumps, just pour the broth through a fine sieve.
  4. Now pour the broth into a shallow glass container (I used a rectangular Pyrex storage dish) then cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 or more hours.
  5. The Broth Blocks will congeal and you can cut it into any shape for serving.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

That’s it! Of course, you can double or triple the recipe, as needed.

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28 Responses to Broth Blocks for Snacktime or Sleepytime

  1. Amanda February 25, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    What a great concept. I am learning more and more the benefits of bone broth and will have to try this out some time! If you are ever looking for another group to link up with, some pals and I run Delicious Dish Tuesday (opens up at midnight EST each week) and we would love to have you join (

    • Real Food Carolyn February 25, 2014 at 1:47 am #

      Thanks so much, Amanda! I’ll definitely hop over to Delicious Dish Tuesday. 🙂

  2. Bonnie Williams February 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    I will be trying these soon:)

    • Real Food Carolyn February 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      Hey Bonnie! Let me know how you like ’em! 🙂

  3. Laura P. February 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Such a great idea! I’m wondering if these could be frozen without losing the goodness from the gelatin. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • Real Food Carolyn February 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

      Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
      I’m not sure about freezing the Broth Blocks but will try it to see who it affects the texture. Sure be okay, I think. Will let you know!

  4. sabrina February 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    I’ve pinned this and look forward to making it for me and my family!! Thanks so much!

    • Real Food Carolyn February 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Sabrina! Hope you and your family enjoy the Broth Blocks. 🙂

  5. Eva@Whole Food Mom on a Budget March 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    What a great idea! I wonder if my picky kid would like these. It’s worth a try! I’d love for you to share this at Savoring Saturdays!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 2, 2014 at 12:34 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Eva! I shared my Broth Blocks at Whole Food Mom on a Budget. 🙂

  6. Raia March 3, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    These are great! Since dong the GAPS diet I try to drink a cup of broth at least 1x a day. You’re right, a hot cup is not always what I want! I am definitely going to make some f these tonight! Thanks for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays – I hope you’ll link up again next week!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 3, 2014 at 12:57 am #

      Thanks, Raia! Hope you enjoy the Broth Blocks. 🙂

    • Real Food Carolyn March 3, 2014 at 12:58 am #

      And thanks for hosting Savoring Saturdays!

  7. Mary March 4, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    This post is just great! I love how invents rice and versatile this recipe is :). Thanks for sharing at Delicious Dish Tuesday .

  8. Alesha @ Full Time Mama March 4, 2014 at 4:30 am #

    I had no idea broth had so many health benefits! Honestly, the idea of having broth “jello” doesn’t sound very appealing, but I better not knock it until I try it, right? I do enjoy warmed broth on occasion, and if helps me sleep, I’m in!
    Thank you so much for linking up with Delicious Dish Tuesday this week! Please come back tonight and share another great recipe!

  9. Eileen @ Phoenix Helix March 6, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Hi Carolyn. I highlighted this recipe as one of the favorites at this week’s Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable. I love broth, and I love tricks for a good night’s sleep. Thanks so much for linking up. I hope you’ll join us again!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 6, 2014 at 2:31 am #

      Thanks SO very much, Eileen! I’ve been enjoying the broth blocks and I hope you will, too!

  10. Eva@Whole Food Mom on a Budget March 7, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    You will be featured at Savoring Saturdays tomorrow morning! Thank you for linking up and I hope you join us again!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 8, 2014 at 1:00 am #

      Thanks so much, Eva!

  11. Heather April 9, 2016 at 11:41 pm #

    I’m wondering if these might be a nourishing snack for my dog. Might give it a try.

    • Real Food Carolyn April 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks for commenting, Heather! I think that’s a great idea and often give broth to my dog, Charley. BUT I only give him my homemade broth if I haven’t included onions, garlic, leeks or chives in the recipe. Dogs should never consume those. See this post:
      Honestly, I usually make my bone broth with a very basic combo of bones, water, and a little apple cider vinegar. When using the prepared broth in a recipe, I’ll add seasoning, aromatics and other flavorings at that point. That’s just what works for me. 🙂

      • Heather April 21, 2016 at 1:05 am #

        Thanks for the tip!


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