Vegan Jello Shots

In your search for full-on summer recipes, make sure you keep this vegan jello shots recipe on your list. If you’re wondering why, read on.

Several Chocolate Cherry Jello Shots on a plate. Each is topped with a fresh cherry with tall stems.

What’s the deal with summertime and simplicity? I mean, if you weren’t already into the concept of simplicity, it seems to take over you like a fever in summer.

It starts with spring cleaning in, oh, March or April or May…or never, and leads straight into summertime simplicity syndrome, otherwise known as SSS.

The primary SSS symptom is, a feeling of dread that comes over you when you think about

on a laborious recipe that keeps you in the kitchen for hours. Hey, I’ll be honest with you and confess that this is even true for me and I love spending time in the kitchen. I’m just saying if I feel this way, then it must be a thing.

You gotta follow the thing.

Simple recipes + Summertime = Success!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Coconut oil
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips dairy-free
  • Vodka
  • Cherry syrup
  • Agar agar
  • Dairy-free vanilla-flavored yogurt
  • Fresh cherries

How to Make Vegan Jello Shots

  1. Heat your oven to 325F. Cut parchment paper into strips and criss-cross them at the bottom of each muffin compartment. This will help easily remove the jello shots when they’re ready to eat.
  2. Place the Oreos in a food processor with the coconut oil. Pulse until a course meal develops. Press this evenly amongst the 9 mini muffin pan compartments.
  3. Place in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  4. In a saucepan combine the vodka, cherry syrup, and agar agar. Give it a stir to combine and then place over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 3 minutes or so, until the agar agar is dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a moment or two before adding the yogurt and the approximately 5 chopped cherries. Pour the cherry mixture over the Oreo crusts. Place in the fridge to set, at least 30 minutes, but up to an hour.
  6. Slice a sliver off the bottom of each of the remaining cherries to create a flat base and when the Vegan Cherry Jello Shots are set, place a whole cherry on top of each. Serve and get ready for the fun!
Looking down on a mini muffin pan with crushed oreo crusts.
Fresh cherries on a cutting board.
A jello shot in a mini muffin pan with parchment paper sticking out on four sides.
Looking down on several Vegan Chocolate Cherry Jello Shots on a plate. There's a stack of Oreo cookies and fresh cherries beside it.

The Best Jello Shots

Jello shots are not a new thing. You’ve probably seen them a thousand times before. The problem is, jello is not vegan. Well, to be completely honest, jello is not even vegetarian. Yes, gelatin, which can be found in lots of commercially bought products (like PopTarts, Frosted Mini Wheats, and Jello), is made from animal products.

Do you want me to go into the gross details? I didn’t think so. But if you’re interested here’s how you can learn more about Gelatin and how it’s made.

So what’s a vegan to do when she wants a good jello shot? Well, that’s where agar agar comes in.

Agar Agar comes from algae and we vegans use it to create jello-like dishes. Of course, we can’t take credit for it because folks in Asia have been creating dishes from agar agar since the 1600s. Seriously.

A hand holds a vegan cherry Jello shot with a bite taken out of it. There's a fresh cherry with a stem on top.

Do you want to hear something awesome about agar agar? Of course you do!

Agar agar is nearly 80% fiber. That means in addition to a delicious dessert recipe below, you’re actually getting some much-needed fiber in your diet. In fact, in a recent episode of the Rich Roll Podcast, Dr. Garth Davis said that we need to be eating 35 grams of fiber a day. That’s a lot of fiber!

I’m not saying this recipe is the way to all your fiber needs, but it can help.

I buy agar agar at our local health food stores and even at the health food section of our grocery store. But if you don’t have agar agar at a nearby store, you can also buy it online. It may seem a little pricey at first, but you only need a little bit for each recipe so you can stretch it out for awhile.

More Cocktails

Several Chocolate Cherry Jello Shots on a plate with fresh cherries on top and behind them.
Chocolate Cherry Jello Shots make for a perfect party treat!

Vegan Jello Shots

Add a little fun to your weekend with these vegan jello shots, made with a vegetarian version of gelatin and with less than 10 ingredients!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 8 Oreo cookies
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips dairy-free
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • ¼ cup cherry syrup
  • 1 tablespoon agar agar
  • 5 oz dairy-free vanilla-flavored yogurt
  • approximately 14 fresh cherries – 9 left whole the rest pitted and chopped

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 325F. Cut parchment paper into strips and criss-cross them at the bottom of each muffin compartment. This will help easily remove the jello shots when they’re ready to eat.
  • Place the Oreos in a food processor with the coconut oil. Pulse until a course meal develops. Press this evenly amongst the 9 mini muffin pan compartments.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  • In a saucepan combine the vodka, cherry syrup, and agar agar. Give it a stir to combine and then place over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 3 minutes or so, until the agar agar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for a moment or two before adding the yogurt and the approximately 5 chopped cherries. Pour the cherry mixture over the Oreo crusts. Place in the fridge to set, at least 30 minutes, but up to an hour.
  • Slice a sliver off the bottom of each of the remaining cherries to create a flat base and when the Vegan Cherry Jello Shots are set, place a whole cherry on top of each. Serve and get ready for the fun!

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Jello Shots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

8 Responses to Vegan Jello Shots

  1. SO glad you posted this. When I first became vegan I tried a jello shot recipe with agar agar and apparently I went overboard with it. It was so nasty…the texture was all wrong. I am looking forward to making a tried and true recipe. Plus chocolate and cherries are meant to be together….enough said

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I know how you feel, Jennifer. Sometimes working with new ingredients can be a challenge. I think agar agar is definitely worth giving it another try. I hope you like it!

  2. Those look terrific! Oreos and cherry, two great flavors right there!

    I think you may be onto something with SSS. Sounds suspiciously like me lately. Or it might just be finals getting to me, lol 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Finals can bring on a whole host of symptoms. The good news is…vegan jello shots make most things better. 🙂

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMegan {Country Cleaver} Reply

    Ohhh these look dandy for summer!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyThalia @ butter and brioche Reply

    Perfect for summer! These jello shots are such a cool idea.

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyVegan in Vegas Reply

    For the agar agar – flakes or powder?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Great question – I used agar agar flakes. Love that stuff!

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