8 Minute Dessert

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wine glass dessert

 

Okay, so I’m a cheater.  I LOVE super easy recipes that only taste like I put a lot of effort into them.  The easier, the better.  Also, the less time I have to spend on them, the better.  If I’m preparing a nice meal (or an easy one that just tastes nice) I probably don’t have the time to make dessert.  Time time time time!  That is what it comes down to.  I need something easy, that I don’t have to worry about forgetting in the oven, that doesn’t take me more than ten minutes.  I’d also prefer if it was semi-healthy, and inexpensive too.

 

Enter, a simple box of cook and serve jello puddingPudding, over the last dozen years, has become associated with that nasty sludge in the plastic cups in childrens’ lunch bags.  Gross.  Pudding (what Americans know as pudding, which is closer to custard) in the 19th century, was known as a dessert of only the wealthy!  This recipe tries to bring dignity to pudding once again.

 

There is no better way to dress up pudding than by adding other ingredients for texture and flavor, making it a little more complicated of a dish.  My favorites are almonds and coconut.  Yes, this is essentially a lower fat Almond Joy.  And it is every ounce as delicious.

 

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This recipe is brainless…

1.  Cook pudding according to directions on box (yup, that easy).  I use skim milk, just to keep it lower in fat.

2.  Once cooked, mix in half a cup of sliced almonds and half a cup of coconut shavings (I prefer the sweetened coconut used for baking as opposed to the unsweetened).

3.  Spoon pudding into wine glasses (I told you we were fancying this stuff up!)

4.  Decorate with a few almonds on top.

5.  Serve (you can serve this chilled, but I prefer it warm right out of the pot).

 

This is simple, it looks nice, it tastes delicious, and it only takes 8 minutes and costs less than a dollar a serving!

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