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Agar Coconut Jelly with Berries

Agar Coconut Jelly with Berries

These agar coconut jellies with berries are as refreshing as they are pretty to look at!  The ingredient list was amended to replace gelatin with Agar, a vegan alternative which comes from a red seaweed. Agar has the advantage of being nutrient dense while taking less time to set. The coconut water jellies will set at room temperature and will remain firm even on a hot summer day!

Recipe and photo by Pete Evans

Serves 4

Prep time 30 mins, cooking time 40 mins


  • 500 ml (17 fl oz. / 2 cups) coconut water
  • 1 flat tsp Agar powder
  • 200 g (7 oz.) mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries), plus extra for serving
  • Flesh of 1 young coconut (120 g / 4¼ oz.), chopped
  • 1 tbsp of chia seed


  1. Line six 125ml ramekins or jelly cups with film wrap.
  2. Place 1/2 cup of the coconut water in a small saucepan and sprinkle the Agar powder over the surface. Allow the Agar powder to absorb moisture from the coconut water for 5 minutes. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer whilst stirring continuously until the agar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the remaining coconut water. Stir in the agar mixture, then pour the jelly mixture into the molds to three-quarters full.
  4. Add some berries and the coconut flesh and sprinkle on some chia seeds.
  5. Stand the jellies at room temperature until set or chill to accelerate setting.
  6. Remove the jellies from the molds by turning out onto serving plates and pulling on the film wrap edges. Serve with a scattering of fresh berries.

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