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Watermelon and Cantaloupe Kanten

Kanten, also called agar-agar, is a vegetable gelatin. This is a great palate refresher for a warm summer evening.

Per serving: 175 calories; 2 g protein; 0 g fat; 44 g carbs; 2 g fiber
Body+Soul, September 2006
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield Serves 6 to 8
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Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe (about 3 pounds), halved and seeded
  • 1 wedge seedless watermelon (about 2 pounds)
  • 3 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup kanten flakes
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions

  1. Scoop out cantaloupe and watermelon with a melon baller (yields about 8 cups total) and put in a 9-by-5-inch (8 cup) loaf pan; set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, bring cider, water, and kanten to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the kanten is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in honey until dissolved; cool to room temperature. Pour cooled liquid over the melon and set aside at room temperature until set, about 3 hours.

  3. Invert the kanten onto a platter. Slice into individual portions and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (10)

  • 28 Mar, 2013

    You can get agar-agar at an Asian market. gonna try this recipe, sounds really interesting.

  • 3 Aug, 2012

    Where are you people buying your agar? Lol. I bought a package at an expensive health food store that will do this recipe twice with some leftover and it certainly didn't cost me $48.

    I used organic apple juice for the liquid. I will say there's no way I can get this into a loaf pan; it was too much for a 9x9 pan, too. I had to put it all in a 9x13 pan.

    My son really likes it and I love that I don't have to use that nasty Jello stuff with all of its artificial ingredients and sweeteners. TY!

  • 23 Jul, 2011

    Sorry Martha but if kanten is that expensive no one but you is going to make it. I think I will make a ghetto version with sugar-free jello. ;)

  • 9 Nov, 2010

    Right, agar only costs about $8.00 an ounce ... so let's see, $24.00 for the agar, I don't think so.

  • 3 Nov, 2010

    @mmmorgans: It doesn't say it is vegan, chill out.

  • 3 Nov, 2010

    @mmmorgans: It doesn't say it is vegan, chill out.

  • 3 Nov, 2010

    @mmmorgans: It doesn't say it is vegan, chill out.

  • 4 Jun, 2010

    No one claimed it to be vegan chill, its a good wholesome recipe.

  • 10 Apr, 2010

    This recipe is NOT VEGAN!!! It has honey in it, you can sub agave, maple syrup or cane sugar disolved in water to make it vegan friendly.

  • 10 Apr, 2010

    This recipe is NOT VEGAN!!! It has honey in it, you can sub agave, maple syrup or cane sugar disolved in water to make it vegan friendly.