August 4, 2009


Jello Fruit Dessert – What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free?

What can I eat

Welcome to “What can I eat that’s gluten free?” It is a weekly blog carnival where bloggers share links to their gluten-free eating ideas. This week there is a theme of cold treats, but that’s just a suggestion. Any gluten-free eating links are welcome.

My mom has made this recipe for years and I doubt she remembers where it came from. It’s one of my favorite summer time treats. It’s versatile in that you can change the Jell-O flavor and the fruit, though I tend to use the same ones.

Jell-O Fruit Dessert

Ingredientsjello dessert bowl


Dissolve the jello in two cups hot water. Use juice from the fruit and enough water to make 1 1/2 cups. (I add ice to the juice to help speed the cooling process.) Add the juice/water mix to the Jell-O. Stir and chill until slightly firm. It shouldn’t be watery any more, but not well set.

In a blender, combine about 1 cup of the Jell-O and the cream cheese. Add the remaining Jell-O and mix well. Cut the fruit into bite size pieces. Add to the Jell-O, then stir in the cool whip. You have to stir it well so the cool whip doesn’t stay in big lumps. A few small ones are fine.

jello dessert dish

Put into serving dishes, a large bowl, or a rectangular dish and chill.

Note: I like using canned pears the best. They go well with most flavors, but I particularly like them with cherry or raspberry.

Please join in and add your link below.

1. Jen ( Spinach Smoothie)
2. Debbie (Cherry Coconut Ice Cream)
3. Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free (Cheese Blintzes with Blueberry Sauce)
4. Brian (Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate)
5. Gluten Free Taste of Home (Cherry Chocolate Cookie Tart)
6. Mikki (Ben and Jerry's ice cream cake)

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Your recipe brings back delicious memories of my childhood when my mother made a recipe very much like yours. Thanks for hosting the blog carnival.
When I was growing up, my family had a variation on this that we had at every get-together. We called it Pink Jello. Whenever one of us started dating someone new, used to joke and say that they really didn't belong there unless they ate Pink Jello. Everyone always loved it.

I have an angel food cake variation posted on my site: Strawberry Angel Food Cake Dessert
Haha! We call it pink salad, and always make it with strawberries and strawberry Jell-o. My mom told me that her mom got the recipe either from the Good Housekeeping magazine or from the Jell-o box itself!

We can't have a holiday without pink salad!
jello recipes always remind me of my grandma. this one has me intrigued. thanks for sharing.

erin @ glutenfreewithapurpose
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