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Do you have agar agar in your pantry? If you don’t, let me introduce you to this wonderful ingredient!

It is made from sea vegetables and has thickening properties similar to gelatin. It is sold in health food stores in both flake and powder varieties, and can be used to make custards, puddings, sauces, and even vegan marshmallows.

On Sunday I used it to make a simple fruit-on-fruit dessert that was a light way to end a beautiful meal. I suspect that you can use any type of chopped fruit and juice in this recipe, so experiment and let me know how it goes!

Apple-Berry Gelée

Serves 4

4 cups apple juice
4 tablespoons of agar agar flakes (substituting 4 teaspoons of agar agar powder is okay)
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 pound chopped strawberries

Put the juice and agar agar flakes in a saucepan and heat on high until boiling. Boil for 10-15 minutes until the flakes are dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the apple sauce and strawberries.

Divide the mixture between four bowls and let cool for 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator until solid (an hour or so). Serve chilled.

Calories - apple berry geleePsst! This is my submission for Virtual Vegan Potluck #16! Check it out if you want more cooking inspiration.