Butterfly Pea Flower Jello

I already have quite a few Butterfly Pea Flower recipes on the blog, but one of the easiest is making butterfly pea flower jello. In fact the only recipe easier may just be making Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, since that’s the first step of this recipe as well. Now, I know Jell-o is a brand name, so technically this is a jelly or gelee, but I’m calling it jello for simplicity. There are only a few ingredients, making this a great recipe to make with kids.

Like with most recipes using this flower tea the first step is to boil some water. There are no unnatural colors in this jello, with the beautiful blue color coming from the natural dye of the butterfly pea flower. A cool thing about this natural dye is that it has color changing properties. That link has a video showing another one of my popular recipes, Creme de Butterfly, changing from dark blue to bright purple when some lemon juice is added.

For this butterfly pea flower jello I use leaf gelatin, but you could absolutely use powdered if you prefer. With my recipe though there are only four ingredients: water, sugar, leaf gelatin, and butterfly pea flowers.

soften the gelatin in cold water

After simmering the water with the sugar and flowers, I wring out the leaf gelatin and add it. It will dissolve into the liquid almost immediately. At this point I turn off the heat, use a slotted spoon or ladle to scoop out the flowers, and pour the hot jello into molds. For this recipe I used the same molds I used for my Mango Passionfruit Entremet because I like how the swirls look. This jello is also the same recipe I used for the gelee center of my Butterfly Pea Flower Entremet With Chocolate Sable.

Butterfly Pea Flower Jello

An easy jello – jelly recipe that uses butterfly pea flowers for a beautiful blue color and light earthy floral taste.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 6 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • Pot
  • Jello Molds (optional)


  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 4 sheets Leaf Gelatin
  • 1 tbsp Butterfly Pea Flowers dried


  • In a pot add the water and bring up to barely a simmer. Add the butterfly pea flowers and sugar, stir until the sugar is melted, then let steep for 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl add some cold water and the leaf gelatin. Let soften while the pot simmers.
  • Strain out the flowers from the pot, add the leaf gelatin, and stir to combine. Pour jello into molds (optional) and place in the fridge for at least two hours.


You can also add some lemongrass to the pot along with the pea flowers for a more traditional Thai flavor. 
Keyword butterfly jelly, Butterfly pea flower jello, Butterfly Pea Flowers, Jello
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