Sugar-Free Coconut-Lime Jell-O with Chia Seeds Recipe

Green gelatin
Andrea Skjold/istock photo
Total Time 7 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 2 min
Yield 8 servings Jell-O with Chia

Looking for a way to get more chia seeds into your diet? Consider this sugar-free Coconut-Lime Jell-O with Chia Seeds recipe.

It turns out that adding them to gelatin desserts works quite well, since the gel-like texture of the seed coating gets lost in the gel of the gelatin.

Are you also looking for a way to get more fat into your diet? Again, this dessert can help, as it uses coconut milk as part of the liquid.

Of course, you can use either the coconut milk or chia seeds alone, or combine them.

This recipe make 8 (1/2-cup) servings of Sugar-Free Coconut-Lime Jell-O with Chia Seeds (1/2 cup each).


  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 (3-ounce) package sugar-free lime gelatin dessert such as Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk (NOT cream of coconut)


  1. Put 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1 (3-ounce) packiage sugar-free lime gelatin dessert in a container or bowl (I like to use a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup).
  2. Add 2 cups boiling water and stir until the gelatin powder is dissolved.
  3. Mix in 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk (NOT cream of coconut), and then add enough water to equal 4 cups (if you're not doing it in a measuring cup, just add a couple of tablespoons of water.
  1. Put in refrigerator. Check in an hour or so. If it's separating, stir it up.

Nutritional Information: Each 1/2-cup serving has 2 grams effective carbohydrates plus 3 grams fiber (5 grams total carbohydrates), 3 grams protein, and 149 calories.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia is a plant which, like flax seed, has 5 grams of healthy omega-3 fatty acid in 2 tablespoons.

And, since Omega-3s are known to reduce inflammation and help the body fight off some of the effects of aging, that's a very good thing.

Where Did Chia Seeds Come From?

Chia originated in central America, near Guatemala, and also in areas of southern Mexico.

For the Aztecs and Mayans, it was a staple food in their diets, like corn and beans. Chia actually got its name from the Mayan word for “strength.” It grows well in these hot, and sometimes arid, regions.  

The chia plant grows well in hot and, sometimes, arid regions but it is hardy and adaptable to climate change and, today, is grown and harvested worldwide and can be found in most grocery and health-food stores.

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