No Added Sugar: Coconut Jelly

These little jellies are a simple but impressive looking dessert.

If you are looking for an unusual dessert to serve to friends then I can recommend this recipe. It takes under 5 minutes to prepare and you can make it a day in advance – no stress, no mess.

The jelly itself is simply made from coconut cream and evaporated milk plus a splash of lime juice, with gelatine added as the setting agent. The evaporated milk has a sweetness that is enough for these mini jellies, but you can add a little sugar if you must have a sweet dessert.

Another fantastic option is to use different fruit to completely change the nature of the dish. I served my jellies with slices of mango – as they aren’t in season at the moment I had to use canned fruit, but the syrup that surrounded the mango almost acted like a free ‘sauce’. You could also easily use canned pineapple, or any form of berries.

I used a 12-hole silicon pan to act as the mould for my jellies. Of course you can just make one big jelly if you prefer. This would also be a perfect base for pina colada jelly shots…but that is another recipe 🙂

Ingredients – makes 12 mini jellies:

  • 400g/14 oz can coconut cream
  • 185g/6.5 oz can light evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (from a bottle is fine)
  • 200ml/7 fl oz recently boiled water
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp powdered gelatine
  • sliced mango or other fruit, to serve
  • small sprigs of fresh mint, optional, to serve


  • Mix together the coconut cream, evaporated milk and lime juice in a jug.
  • Put the water into a small bowl and sprinkle over the powdered gelatine. Mix together until the gelatine dissolves.
  • Pour the gelatine mixture into the jug with the coconut cream etc. Stir well.
  • Carefully pour the jelly mixture into the 12-holes of a silicon pan, (or other jelly mould), which has been placed onto a baking tray.
  • Put the filled pan into the fridge and leave to set for at least 3 hours.
  • Remove the jellies from the pan by peeling back the silicon.
  • Serve with your choice of fruit.
  • Enjoy!

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