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Berry Kanten Kuzu Recipe: Jell-o of Champions

Berry Kanten Kuzu Recipe: Consider kanten the Jell-O of champions.

Kuzu is the starch of the kuzu plant, is a wonderful thickener and is easy to get in health food stores. It is completely natural. Kanten, the dessert made with kuzu, is quick and delicious, and does wonders for upset stomachs. You’ll never buy store-bought boxed Jell-O again! In the colder months, it is just as amazing warm, too. If you wanted an extra speedy kanten, make this dessert without berries, using just the kuzu and the juice of your choice.

Do yourself a favor and make this stat!


  • ⅔ cup kuzu
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot
  • 4 cups unfiltered apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice
  • 6 cups mixed frozen berries
  • optional: 1/4 cup creme de cassis
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup


In a medium saucepan, mix the kuzu and cider until dissolved. Turn on the flame and cook on medium-high flame until thickened, just a few minutes. Add the berries and maple syrup and cook a few more minutes until the mixture is heated through and loses its cloudy shade.

Transfer to a mold (maybe try a fun shape!) or individual cups and chill.


For another variation see my Lychee Kanten Recipe.

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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