How to Make Vegan Jello

Make easy vegan jello with agar agar, a gelatin substitute that comes from red algae. Use fruit juice or fruit puree for a tasty vegan treat.

Vegan Jello

If you eat a vegan diet, you don’t have to give up jello. The trick is to use agar agar, a plant-based gelatin substitute that comes from seaweed. When mixed with water and fruit juice (or puree), agar agar creates a wonderfully fruity jello treat.

The best part? You can use fun silicone molds to make to make fun and enticing shapes. It will be a hit with kids and adults alike! Here you’ll find two ways to make vegan jello from scratch without gelatin.

Vegan Jello on a plate with berries
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

How to Make Vegan Jello with Juice

The first method uses juice. We used 100% cranberry juice for this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite kind.

You will need:

  • 100% fruit juice
  • water
  • sugar or maple syrup (optional)
  • agar agar powder

You’ll also need silicone cupcake liners or a silicone mold. Alternatively, you can grease a deep dish and cut the jello into squares.

ingredients for making vegan jello with juice
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

In a small pot, combine all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, mixing frequently to dissolve the agar agar and sugar. This will also help prevent the agar agar from settling along the bottom of the pot.

Once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Continue mixing.

boiling and stirring the vegan jello mixture
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Carefully pour the mixture into the silicone molds. We suggest placing the silicone molds in a larger baking dish or container so they’re easier to handle.

Let sit until close to room temperature. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until set.

vegan jello mixture in silicone baking cups
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

How to Make Vegan Jello with Fruit Puree

You can also use fruit puree instead of fruit juice. This option is ideal if you prefer fresh fruit or don’t have any juice on hand. Also, it calls for slightly less agar agar powder than the fruit juice version.

You will need:

  • fruit puree
  • water
  • sugar or maple syrup (optional)
  • agar agar powder

To make fruit puree, simply add 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit in a blender and blend until smooth. (Alternatively, you can leave a few chunks if you want jello with pieces of fruit!) We used mango puree for this recipe.

Want to use frozen fruit? Defrost the fruit first. Drain the excess liquid then puree as usual.

ingredients for vegan jello with fruit puree
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

In a small pot, combine all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, mixing frequently to dissolve the agar agar and sugar. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, whisking often.

boiling fruit puree with vegan jello ingredients
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Grease a heat-safe dish with a neutral oil, like grapeseed or vegetable oil. You can also line the dish with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Pour the mixture into the dish, then let sit until it reaches room temperature.

vegan jello ingredients in a dish before chilling
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until set. Carefully slice the jello into squares and serve.

Completed vegan jello from fruit juice and fruit puree

Vegan jello squares can be served individually and topped with fruit or coconut flakes. Alternatively, you can cut the jello into smaller squares and serve them in a bowl. Anything goes when it comes to vegan homemade jello.

Again, take note: If you’re making vegan jello with fruit juice, you’ll need more agar agar powder than if you were using fruit puree. That’s because fruit juice is much thinner than puree, so it needs an extra boost of gelling power.

Vegan Jello

Vegan Jello

Make easy vegan jello with agar agar, a gelatin substitute that comes from red algae. Use fruit juice or fruit puree for a tasty vegan treat.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: vegan jello
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Kirsten Nunez, MS

Ingredients

Vegan Jello with Fruit Juice

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fruit juice 100% fruit juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar adjust according to sweetness of juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons agar agar powder

Vegan Jello with Fruit Puree

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fruit puree
  • 4 tbsp sugar adjust according to sweetness of juice
  • 1 tsp agar agar powder

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small pot.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, mixing frequently. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Carefully pour into silicone molds or a greased heat-safe baking dish. Let sit until it reaches room temperature, then chill for 2 hours or until set.

Notes

Note: vegan jello nutrition information is based on the fruit juice version above. Nutrition facts will vary depending on the specific fruit juice or puree you use.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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