These Vegan Jello Jigglers are such a fun treat for kids….of all ages!!!
Vegan Jello Jigglers
Do you guys remember the jello treats made popular in the 80’s? Or 90’s? Jello jigglers? One would assume that these would be hard to veganize, as the main ingredient in jello is gelatin. But I’ve found a work around and I present to you VEGAN JELLO JIGGLERS!
There is a great product on the market called Bakol Jel. It is essentially vegan jello, made with vegetable gums for thickening, and without any artificial colors! I’ve used it before as jello, and also in David’s birthday cakes from last year, and it works really well!
A few weeks ago I got an email home from David’s preschool teacher saying that the class was interested in trying jello for a snack, and that David had told them that a vegan jello exists. She wanted to make some with the class and was so sweet to reach out and see how she could do it and include the entire class. Bonus—the whole class gets to try vegan jello!!!
After her emails I grabbed a few boxes at Whole Foods and wanted to play around with them. One of my mom’s friends always brought these beautiful layered jello treats to any party she went to! And Christmas time they would be layered with red, white and green, at 4th of July it would be red, white and blue. They were so pretty and I wondered if I could recreate them!
The answer is yes! Instead of conventional jello and condensed milk I used the vegan jello and coconut milk. It’s super easy, sets up FAST, and tastes great. Scientific studies have proven that kids love them.* Bonus that these are free of most common allergens and would be perfect as a classroom treat!
*these tests were not scientific at all. My kids just shoved them into their faces and grunted “more.”
Need more Valentine treats? Try some of these recipes:
- Cream Cheese Peppermint Patties
- Fruity Valentines
- Cherry Berry Cupcakes
- Sugar and Spice Cookies
- Classic Vegan Sugar Cookies
You can cut these Vegan Jello Jigglers into shapes using cookie cutters or keep it simple and just cut squares. I should note that if you cut them out into shapes it’s your responsibility to eat all of the scraps. Sorry, somebody has to do it! Go ahead and give these a try—if you can’t find the jel at your local Whole Foods you can order it on Amazon. And when you make them, take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag it with #frieddandelions!
These Vegan Jello Jigglers are such a fun treat for kids....of all ages!!!
- 2 boxes of flavored Bakol Jel**
- 1 box unflavored Bakol Jel**
- 2 cups water divided
- 1 cup coconut milk from a can***
- food coloring (optional)
I used cherry and raspberry flavors, and added a few drops of food coloring to my cherry (bottom) layer to create red, white, and pink layers for Valentines. If you want to try more than 3 layers it may be hard to use a cookie cutter to cut them out (they'll be too tall). They will work great cut into squares with more layers.
Before you begin make sure you have everything ready, as this jello sets much more quickly than regular jello. Clear a space in your fridge as a "landing spot" for when you need to chill your layers. Have ready your jello packets and an 8x8" pan. Do NOT spray the pan with any oil. The jello comes out easily without any grease. When I tried greasing it the oil hardened and left little hardened bits of oil all over my jigglers. Don't do it!
Bring 1 c of water to boil in a small pot on the stove. Once it boils remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the contents of the first flavored jel packet. If you would like to brighten the color add a few drops of food coloring. Once mixed together pour into your pan. Work quickly as this begins to set up fast! Place your pan into the fridge and let it set. While it sets quickly, I gave it an hour between each layer. This probably isn't necessary but I had the time and didn't want to risk my layers mixing.
Once the first layer has set completely start with the middle (white) layer. Bring 1 cup of coconut milk to a boil in a small pan. Once it boils remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the entire contents of the unflavored jel packet. Carefully pour on top of the first layer and place in the fridge right away to set.
Once the middle layer has set up bring 1 c of water to a boil. Once it boils remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the contents of the final flavored jel packet. Carefully pour on top of the middle layer and place in the fridge right away to set.
Once all three layers have set you can cut the jigglers into squares or shapes. I used a long and thin icing spatula to help remove the jello from the pan. You want to be sure to really scrape the bottom with the spatula so that you don't break your layers. Store the jello in the fridge until serving time. If the jello "sweats" when you pull it out to serve just dab the tops gently with a paper towel! Enjoy!
** While I am sure that other vegan jello will have similar results I have not tested them. If you do test them keep in mind that your results may be different.
***If you can't have coconut you would probably have success with another plant milk but I have not tested it this way. Let me know if you do!