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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)

  • c4a17t 28 Mar, 2013

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

  • Debra47909 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!

  • thewindykitty 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. ;)

  • janettetsmith 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.

  • janettetsmith 3 Nov, 2010

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

  • janettetsmith 3 Nov, 2010

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

  • janettetsmith 3 Nov, 2010

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

  • SheRaa 4 Jun, 2010

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

  • mmmorgans 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.

  • mmmorgans 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.