With all of the fairly heavy casseroles we have posted lately I thought we better blog about something a little lighter.
This Creamsicle Pudding is very light.
And low calorie.
It is the perfect dessert to follow a heavy meal.
Plus...it is fairly inexpensive as it only contains 4 ingredients.
PLUS....it only takes 30 minutes to put together.
Plus plus plus...it looks soooo pretty.
Have I convinced you to try it yet?
(The container of Mandarins in the photo was the smallest I could find. I didn't use the whole container.)
1 (10.2 gr) pkg of sugar free Orange Jell-O
1 small can Mandarin oranges, drained (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 (30 gr) pkg of Fat Free Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 1 litre container of Light Cool Whip (Or Fat Free Cool Whip)
Dissolve Orange Jell-O in 1 cup boiling water. Fill a 1 cup measuring cup 1/2 full with ice cubes and fill with cold water. Add to Jell-O. Stir until ice is melted and then set aside for 5 minutes.
Stir in 1 cup of Mandarin oranges. Save the other half cup for decorating the dessert.
With an electric mixer, blend in instant vanilla pudding, beating until well blended. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Fold in half the tub of Cool Whip.
Spoon into individual serving dishes or one large dish, top with remaining Cool Whip. Decorate with the remaining 1/2 cup mandarin slices.
Store, covered, in fridge until ready to serve.
I have made this several times as it is a perfect low calorie meal for those watching their calories. (This is an approximation using the nutritional info on the boxes - but only 64 calories per serving!! based on 12 servings.) It is also a great choice for a healthy alternative snack for kids during Halloween - you know, being all orangy and everything.
I am really curious to try this with different Jell-O and fruit.
For example: cranberry Jell-O with cranberries
or strawberry Jell-O with strawberries
or grape Jell-O with blueberries
or lime Jell-O with kiwi.
I was thinking for Christmas I could make a batch of either cranberry/strawberry and a batch of lime Jell-O with kiwi to get a pretty red and green theme going.
I can't think of another green Jell-O / fruit that might work. Any ideas?