Vegan Gelatin with Chia Seeds

Vegan Gelatin with Chia SeedsIMG_6465So, looking for a fun, refreshing, low calorie, low sugar snack that jiggles like Jell-O and is also vegan? These should satisfy your craving! Made from agar agar, a sea plant, this is one awesome way to avoid the animal-derived gelatin (which to Cupcake’s chagrin, is usually made of pork :( ), but still have the beloved treat from childhood.

IMG_6459And I added chia seeds. Why? Well, for one thing they’re all the rage, they’re also a great source of Omega-3′s and other nutrients, they’re flavorless, and quite frankly, I thought having them suspended in a jello snack would look pretty cool. They do, don’t they?!

To keep these low-sugar and low-calorie, I turned to Crystal Light for flavoring. However, since original Crystal Light is made with aspartame, which is rumored to have a million side-effects (although apparently none of them have been scientifically proven), and I’m not a personal fan of artificial sweeteners, I was really excited to find out that they have come out with an all-natural product, Crystal Light Pure.

IMG_6457This version of the product is not sugar-free like its original counterpart, but if you make your snack into 2 servings (as shown), it only has 4g of sugar per serving. That’s pretty awesome! And just one pack of the tropical blend added the perfect amount of flavoring. Truly delightful, and the chia seeds (look awesome) are virtually undetectable! Take that healthy snack and put it in your back pocket (or don’t, cause it’d be a little messy…)!

Vegan Gelatin with Chia Seeds

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Agar Agar Flakes
  • 1 Packet Crystal Light Pure Tropical
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds (optional)

In a saucepan with lid over medium-high heat, bring water and agar agar flakes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the agar agar flakes have dissolved.

Remove from heat and add Crystal Light, stirring it in well. Pour into 2 trifle cups, little ramekins, or into a glass pyrex baking dish. Add chia seeds (separate the Tbsp. into equal servings).

The chia seeds will sink to the bottom. In order to get them to suspend in the gelatin, allow it to cool slightly, then add a couple of ice cubes and stir. As the mix cools further the chia seeds will become suspended. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

IMG_6460Yummy yummy!

Vegan Gelatin with Chia Seeds
 
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Vegan tropical flavored gelatin snacks made with agar agar and chia seeds!
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Recipe type: Vegan
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Agar Agar Flakes
  • 1 Packet Crystal Light Pure Tropical
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan with lid over medium-high heat, bring water and agar agar flakes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the agar agar flakes have dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and add Crystal Light, stirring it in well. Pour into 2 trifle cups, little ramekins, or into a glass pyrex baking dish. Add chia seeds (separate the Tbsp. into equal servings).
  3. The chia seeds will sink to the bottom. In order to get them to suspend in the gelatin, allow it to cool slightly, then add a couple of ice cubes and stir. As the mix cools further the chia seeds will become suspended. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Vegan Gelatin with Chia Seeds”

  1. Helen
    January 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    OK, this is great! I can’t wait to try this out because I just found agar agar a few weeks ago at Whole Foods and I bought it because I had heard about it but I didn’t actually have a recipe to use it on (typical). You’re right the chia seeds look really cool, also. I’ll have to keep my eye out for the crystal light.

  2. January 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    This is gorgeous! Do you think I could use an Emergen-C as a substitute for the Crystal light? :)

    • Rachel
      January 11, 2013 at 12:29 am #

      Haha, great question! I wonder… Emergen-C is effervescent, isn’t it? I wonder what that would do to the texture. You might as well give it a try ;) Recover from a cold while eating vegan jello :P

  3. January 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Rachel, this is such a beautiful and refreshing-looking dessert. I’m inspired to make this!

    Alaiyo

    • Rachel
      February 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Refreshing is a great word for it! It would be absolutely fabulous for a hot day (and you can even make it into jigglers in a glass baking pan and cut them out with fun cookie cutters)

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