Gelatin sa Gata

This delicious Gelatin sa Gata will surely put a smile on everyone! Creamy gelatin with coconut milk, macapuno and nata de coco. A festive dessert for the festive holidays!

dessert with coconut and syrup in a plate

I always look forward to dessert when I know it’s Gelatin sa Gata waiting after a hearty meal. My eyes light up when I see this jiggly pink jelly dessert being served on the table. With Christmas just around the corner, I decided to share this Filipino dessert that I enjoyed growing up.

This gulaman dessert recipe is similar to cathedral window gelatin but way easier to make. The jelly mixture is made of coconut milk and condensed milk making a not-too-sweet creamy gelatin. I used sweetened coconut strings and nata de coco to add some texture and extra coconut flavor. This is the perfect dessert for your Noche Buena!

dessert sliced in a plate

What gelatin to use?

I used unflavored gelatin sheets for this recipe but you can also use gelatin powder. Gelatin sheets needs to soak in water before adding with the rest of the ingredients. If you’re using jelly powder, you’ll need 10 grams that you will add in 2 cups of water and let it bloom before adding to the coconut milk.

You  can also use agar-agar for making this dessert. It is also good for vegetarians since it’s made out of seaweeds. Break the agar-agar bars to smaller pieces and soak in water to soften before adding.

ingredients for dessert on top of table

How to make the jelly set quicker

To speed up the setting process of the gelatin, you can Place your jelly in the coolest part of the refrigerator after it cooled down to room temperature. Or, place the jelly in the freezer for 20 minutes then transfer it in the fridge to set completely. Avoid it sitting in the freezer longer than 20 minutes if you don’t want frozen jelly.

dessert in a plate on top of table

Other toppings

Aside from macapuno and nata de coco, you can also use other toppings as alternative. To make it more tropical, try replacing the coconut strings with fruit cocktail or pineapple. You can also use fresh shredded young coconut if you fancy. 

slice of dessert in a plate

Tips for an amiable experience

  • You can either use a mold or a baking dish to make the dessert!
  • Lightly grease mold or dish to release the gelatin much easier.
  • Carefully slide a pointed knife and run it around the edges of the mold to release the jelly. 
  • I find placing a plate on top of the mold and flipping them together is the easiest way to transfer the jelly into the plate.
dessert with coconut in a plate on top of table

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

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dessert with coconut

Gelatin sa Gata

This delicious Gelatin sa Gata will sure to put a smile on everyone! Creamy gelatin with coconut milk, macapuno and nata de coco. A festive dessert for the festive holidays!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: gelatin sa gata recipe, jelly dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Setting Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Mia


  • 20 pcs. gelatin sheets
  • 2 cups water
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 397g can condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • red food coloring (or pink food coloring)
  • 3/4 cup macapuno
  • 3/4 cup nata de coco


  • Place gelatin sheets in a bowl and soak in water for at least 5 minutes. Set aside.
    20 pcs. gelatin sheets
  • In a pot over medium heat, simmer 2 cups of water. Add coconut milk the add sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
    2 cups water, 1/4 cup sugar, 400 ml coconut milk
  • Pour condensed milk then stir until well incorporated. Simmer for 3 minutes then add food coloring gradually until desired color is achieved.
    1 397g can condensed milk, red food coloring
  • Take gelatin sheets and squeeze to removed excess water. Add to the coconut milk mixture then stir until fully dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Prepare 5-cup mold or baking dish then add macapuno and nata de coco at the bottom. Pour the gelatin mixture the let it set for at least 4 hours or overnight.
    3/4 cup macapuno, 3/4 cup nata de coco
  • Transfer in a serving plate and enjoy. Bon appetit!




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Serving: 10g | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.2g | Protein: 10.6g | Fat: 15.2g | Saturated Fat: 12.6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 32.2g | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg
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