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Sparkling Strawberry Agar-Agar

Sparkling strawberry agar-agar is a refreshing summer dessert. This recipe is super light and clean—ideal for hot days. With only three ingredients, it's easy to prepare ahead of time. —Kathy Chan, Onolicious Hawai’i
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons agar agar powder
  • 1-1/2 cups sparkling apple cider


Sparkling Strawberry Agar-Agar Tips

What is agar made of?

Agar-agar, or agar, is a gelatin substitute made of red algae (seaweed) derivatives. You can purchase different varieties of agar, but for this recipe, we recommend using agar powder.

Is agar-agar healthier than gelatin?

Between agar-agar and gelatin, there really isn't one that is healthier compared to the other. Since agar-agar is plant-based, many vegan eaters use it as a substitute for traditional gelatin. Gelatin, which is an animal product, contains collagen.

What else can you do with agar-agar?

Many traditional Japanese desserts use agar-agar, but you can also use it as a replacement in other gelatin-based recipes, like this vegan marshmallow recipe.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 61 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit.

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