- 4-5 tablespoons agar-agar flakes (also called kanten flakes)
- 4 cups apple juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- pinch of unrefined sea salt
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups fresh fruit
- Place juice, agar flakes, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until all flakes are dissolved. If flakes are not dissolved the mixture will not gel.
- Stir in pure vanilla or almond extract.
- Pour over sliced fruit. Use berries, peaches, cherries—nearly any fruit would work.
- After mixture stops steaming, refrigerate until jelled.
- You can pour kanten into a Jell-O mold or any dish. The more shallow the dish the faster it will gel.
- You can top the jello with almond cream simply by blending together one cup of the jello with 1/2 cup almond butter until smooth. Garnish with slivered almonds.
You can use any natural fruit juice without added sugar and any fruit of choice.
If using agar powder rather than flakes, use 2 TB. powder
Agar is a sea vegetable that has no taste. Its purpose is to gel foods. It is very nutritious as well. It is a type of red marine algae known as agarophytes containing a complex starch that is used throughout the world as a vegan gelling agent. It is superior to gelatin in that it doesn’t easily melt, has a firmer texture, zero calories and no animal products.
Agar is rich in iodine, calcium, iron, phosphorus and vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, and K. Agar soothes the digestive tract and acts as a mild laxative. It has no taste.