Vegan Jello (Gelatin Free Jello)

May 16th, 2013 filed under Desserts, Gluten Free, Snacks, Vegan
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This is a great vegan recipe for Jello! Jello is a simple easy snack that most kids love. Instead of adding gelatin, I am using Agar-Agar. It is an excellent vegetarian alternative for gelatin. It’s a good snack for kids and adults alike.

Recipe will serve 4.

Vegan Jello (gelatin free) Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon agar-agar powder (available in Indian and Asian stores)


  1. Dissolve the agar-agar in water, in saucepan combine juice, sugar, and water with agar-agar.
  2. Bring it to boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally making sure agar-agar is mixed well. Let it boil for about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat pour into individual cups or molds, or in a small glass tray. Refrigerate for about 3-4 hours.
  4. Jello is ready to serve.


  1. Pour the juice in the dish while it is hot as Jello will start getting set as it cools.
  2. I have experimented many times to give the right texture to the Jello and this combination comes out just right. Adding more agar-agar or not adding water with the juice will make jello very firm.
  3. Store bought orange juice did not work well for this recipe, but fresh orange juice works great.


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10 Responses to “Vegan Jello (Gelatin Free Jello)”

  1. Nishko says:

    This recipe is really easy !
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tamara says:

    Can I use other sweeteners than sugar?

  3. Maria Zermeno says:

    Thank You for this jello recipe with juice and the alternative ajar ajar. I was about to use unflavored gelatin and I was grossed out with the odor. I would like to ask you if you know if ajar ajar will work with a jello that has cream cheese and condensed, fruit such as mango , strawberry in the recpie .Will the ajar ajar thicken or work in this recipe ?? I will try, what is your opinion please. Have a great day Manjula

  4. deepthi says:

    I have got agar agar as strips. how much should i use?
    Also should i freeze the jello or refrigerate?

  5. Nicko Django says:

    Very nice dear manjula!!!
    i’ve made it and the texture is like real jello!!!
    in the first time i didn’t boil it…
    just heat it…
    and it didn’t thick at all…
    then i’ve put it again in the pot and boil it and it worked excellent!
    i’m ovo vegetarian trying to be vegan…
    thanks a lot….
    Peace Love and Prosperity…

  6. arti says:

    hello manjulaji, can we use agar agar in whipped cream also

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