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Paleo Kissel (Russian Berry Pudding)

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Paleo Kissel (Russian Berry Pudding)

Paleo Kissel

This recipe for Paleo Kissel is a variation of traditional Russian berry kissel. (Although it’s spelled Kiss-el, the actual pronunciation is Keesh-ell.) Historically based on sweetened fruit juice with an added thickener of arrowroot, corn or potato starch, it can be served either hot or cold, as a beverage, or as a dessert. It also can be used as a sweet sauce atop waffles, pancakes and granola. I found it tasted wonderful with a dollop of almond butter surrounded by banana slices.


Poland, Russia, Latvia, Finland and the Ukraine all have traditional kissel recipes made from seasonal, local berries. Historically the most popular flavors are raspberry, cherry, strawberry, red currant, and gooseberry. This Paleo Kissel recipe lends itself well to substitutions to include your berry favorites or any combination of which you choose.

Paleo Kissel (Russian Berry Pudding)


  • Prep time:  0
  • Cook time:  20 minutes
  • Servings:  4


  • 16 oz. fresh or frozen berries, or other sliced fruit of your choice (I like ½ blackberry, ½ raspberry)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen pureed pineapple, or 1/4 cup pineapple juice concentrate (feel free to substitute other flavors)
  • 2 TBS. tapioca or arrowroot starch mixed in 1 cup cold water


(Payton’s Paleo 30 Day Challenge friendly)


1) In a large sauce pan, combine fruit, 1 cup water, salt, lemon juice and pineapple. Bring to a boil, them simmer for 10 minutes.

2) After the 10 minutes, use a blender to puree the mix. (I used my hand-held immersion blender right in the large sauce pan.)

3) After you have pureed, stir in the cup of water with the potato starch, shaken well into it, into the mixture in the pot. Bring to a boil again, then simmer another 10 minutes.

4) Pour into individual compotes, or a large shallow pan such as a quiche dish, casserole or pie pan. (Note that the consistency of kissel is not as thick as gelatin or usual American pudding, it is closer to hot cereal, or gazpacho.) 

5) Chill, then use as desired. A nice pairing to this Paleo Kissel would be some Paleo Vanilla Sauce added in and served atop a Sweet Potato Waffle.




after 20 minutes of simmering, before pouring into dessert glasses



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