Creamy Gelatin Dessert Recipe
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Creamy Gelatin Dessert Recipe

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"This yummy recipe from my husband's sister, Gloria, is a favorite when we gather with our five married children," reports Janis Garrett of Macon, Georgia.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 large ripe bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 186 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Sprinkle gelatin over boiling water. Remove from the heat; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in marshmallows until melted. Stir in bananas. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add pineapple and cold water to gelatin mixture.
  2. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. pan; chill until set. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and flour. Gradually stir in reserved pineapple juice. Add butter; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature, about 35-40 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl beat the cream until firm peaks form; fold into pineapple juice mixture. Spread over gelatin mixture. Sprinkle with nuts. Chill for 1-2 hours. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Gelatin Dessert in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p18

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I've made this several times, always a hit!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"I made this for a club meeting last week,using SF Jello & whipped topping & they loved it. Brought rest to work the next day & got additional raves."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Made it for 1st time for garden club mtg - used SF Jello, Splendah & Whipped Topping. Brought leftovers to work -- all loved it. Would use less cold water next time."

Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"Can you use sugar free Jell-0 in this recipe? My husband is diabetic and I need to reduce the sugar.


Reviewed Apr. 7, 2009

"My mom made this recipe every Easter, and once I moved out, I started to make it for my family and friends. I love it."

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