The agar-agar, which is what I’m using in the recipes below, is a great vegan substitute for gelatin, for its thickening and gelling abilities. Yes, it is expensive, however with agar agar a little goes a long way, and you’d usually just use a teaspoon or 2 for any dish so a package should last long.
I would use agar-agar instead of gelatin regardless of my vegan diet preferences, as it provides more vitamins and minerals than gelatin, and some sources claim that agar-agar also helps sooth the digestive system and can help us feel more full as it absorbs water.
For another healthy sweet treats you can make with your kids, check out my dates and puffed quinoa (home made!) larabars.
The 3 recipes below are:
Easy healthy jellow: You can pretty much use any juice or even ripe fruit for this one to play with the colors and taste as long as you keep the proportions the same. Notice that citrus will require a bit more agar agar to set though.
Dairy Free Pudding: An easy, homemade, healthy version to the commercial ones.
Sandwich Dressing Stripes: – If you ever prepared a sandwich in the morning and only ate it a few hours later, then you know how the dressing can affect the vegetables and make them all soggy. By using agar-agar, you can create stripes of your favorite dressing (I’m sharing mine below, but this would work for your favorite dressing as well), then place them in your sandwich to keep it fresh for hours.
- 1 cup apple juice (made from 3 table spoons 100% apple juice and water)
- 1 tea spoon agar agar powder
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 tea spoon vanilla extract
- 1 pitted madjul date
- 1/4 cup 100% pure apple juice
- a pinch less of 1 tea spoon agar agar powder
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 cup rice vinegar
- 1/8 cup mirin
- a pinch more than half a tea spoon agar agar powder
Moran is a wife, a mother of 2 little girls, a full time high tech employee, and a savvy home cook. In her blog, VeganHightechMom, Moran shares easy and quick vegan recipes, targeted for busy people (like all of us..) that still want to feed their family healthy, colorful, nutritious and tasty food.