Orange Coconut Water Jelly

orange coconut water jelly

Dessert Time!


No, seriously, it’s about time we had another nice dessert again. Don’t you think? Something light and fresh, summery even.

Ever since I bought this horrendously overpriced gelatin to heal my leaky gut issues I have waited for an opportunity to actually make a dessert out of it.

A fruit jelly seemed the easiest option. It reminds me of being a child — dipping my spoon into a bowl of luminescent jello, totally absorbed and happy as can be. Mind you my mum always served it with a sweet vanilla sauce, sigh.

We are keeping it plain and simple today though.

It’s hard enough to make a jelly without some form of sugar anyhow. I couldn’t find any sugar free candida diet friendly jelly recipes online, so I experimented myself.

My first idea was to make a jelly with coconut water. And as much as that idea was brilliant in the sense that it didn’t need any sugary fruit, it was also a little bit flawed as to dissolve the gelatine you need to add water — which in effect dilutes the fresh coconut water flavour.

coconut water jelly

Don’t get me wrong — if you’re just starting the candida diet, where you can’t have any desserts — I think the coconut water jelly might be novel enough to be enjoyable. But I feel it needs to be experimented with further to give it more flavour. Perhaps some vanilla and rice milk would do the trick or lime and orange essence. I did try making it with lemons and lime, but that was just too sour.

So in the end I added orange and mint to boost the flavour – and boy was that delicious :)

By the way this actually makes a whopping amount of jelly – if you just want to test it, I’d half the amounts to get just one bowl (1 pint). As a guideline 1 tbsp gelatin gels 1 pint of liquid which is half a litre.

In my first attempt I was anxious that it might not solidify so I added three heaped table spoons of gelatin but that isn’t necessary. Two works just fine.

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Orange Coconut Water Jelly
Recipe type: dessert
Prep time:  2 mins
Cook time:  3 mins
Total time:  5 mins
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup room temperature water
  • 2 tbsp agar agar or gelatine powder
  • 11/2 cups hot water
  • 11/2 cups coconut water
  • or 1 cup coconut water and juice of two oranges and one lime
  • finely chopped mint to taste
  1. Pour the room temperature water over the gelatin powder let it soak for a minute and stir.
  2. Then add the hot water and keep stirring to dissolve it fully. Add the coconut water (and fruit if using) and the chopped mint. Cover and store in the fridge for a few hours to set, ideally over night.

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shakti September 27, 2013 at 09:25

Thank you Sandra, this is much more to my liking.
Now, if I substitute agar agar for that (eek!) Gelatin then it is edible (vegetarians DO NOT touch gelatin).
I grow my own mint (or rather it is actually forming a hedge at the bottom of my field) I started it there as it takes over.
My own pure well water will be perfect!


Sandra September 27, 2013 at 10:47

Thanks so much for pointing this out Shakti – it hadn’t even crossed my mind what went into gelatin…
I love mint – you are very lucky to have that growing in your garden and a well… you must live very idyllic – awesome.
Yes, the jelly is fruitilicious – you’ll love it :)


Cat September 27, 2013 at 11:51

I, too, have a large container of (ugh) beef gelatin left over from treating my gut. Going to give this a try. :-)


Sandra September 27, 2013 at 19:08

It’s the best way to use it by far!


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