Frozen Pistachio Dessert with Raspberry Sauce Recipe
- 1-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45 wafers)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
- 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
- 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant pistachio pudding mix
- 6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed, divided
- 1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
- 1. In a small bowl, combine the wafers, finely chopped pistachios and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
- 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the pudding.
- 3. Set aside 3/4 cup whipped topping for garnish; fold remaining whipped topping into cream cheese mixture. Pour filling over crust. Freeze for 5 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining whipped topping.
- 4. For sauce, place the raspberries, sugar and liqueur in a food processor. Cover and process for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Strain and discard seeds and pulp. Refrigerate until serving.
- 5. Remove dessert from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with chopped pistachios and remaining whipped topping. Serve with sauce. Yield: 12 servings.
1 slice with 4 teaspoons sauce equals 214 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.
Reviews for Frozen Pistachio Dessert with Raspberry Sauce
"This was yummy! I didn't get around to making the raspberry sauce but nobody missed it. Will definitely make the sauce next time."
"Excellent dessert! I used the full 8oz of cream cheese. The sauce really makes this delicious and any leftover can be used on ice cream sundaes."
"My family loved this dessert. The raspberry sauce was good but time consuming. We had a lot leftover but it's good on ice cream etc. I'll definitely make it again."
"Light, refreshing and delicious! I thought the raspberry sauce was a nice addition, adding a little tartness to the sweetness; however, my husband preferred it without the sauce. Definitely a repeat at our house!"
"Lots of compliments. Used the full 8 oz. cream cheese, substituted raspberry liqueur for the orange in the sauce. The dessert is good-with the sauce it is exceptional"
"I was pleasantly surprized at how well this dessert was. The raspberry sauce with liquir was a great hit with co-workers"
"I made this for St. Patty's day and everyone loved it!! All the men had 2 pieces. I used shortbread cookie crumbs instead and had to use walnuts because I couldn't find pistachios at either supermarket I went to. I also used all 8 oz. of cream cheese. I also didn't strain the raspberry sauce in one dish and did in the other. Everyone preferred the unstrained sauce. I took it out of the freezer 1/2 hr. before serving and it was much easier to cut and plate."
"I made it for St, Patty's Day and my husband really enjoyed it and my neighbor too. It was refreshing..and easy to make. They loved the crust..I want to make it for Easter to share with family members. Thanks.rmeb63"
"My husband thought this was an excellent dessert. I found it a little disappointing, considering all that was done to prepare it."
"My family loved it! My husband just found out he is (pre)diabetic so by changing up the recipe just a little more, I could serve him dessert without the guilt and blowing his readings way out! I cheated and bought a low fat graham craker crust, used Splenda instead of sugar and skipped the pistachios (only because I didn't have any). Planning on making for Easter!"
"Wonderful recipe. I didn't have raspberries so I used strawberries and we were very pleased with the flavor. I agree that using the full 8 oz. of cream cheese avoids leftover cream cheese and takes great!"
"I used a 9" (6 oz) pre-made shortbread crumb crust, sprinkled the chopped pistachios over the crust, prepared the filling as directed except for adding the entire 8 oz pkg of cream cheese (I didn't want 2 oz leftover) & spooned it into the crust, topped the filling (almost to the edges) with the reserved whipped topping, & sprinkled the reserved pistachios on the topping. I refrigerated for at least 2 hours (I was afraid to freeze it because of the difficulty in cutting it). It worked just fine. I served it for St Patty's Day so didn't use the raspberry topping. although I might do that another time. My husband loved it."
"My family loved this recipe including one that doesn't like desserts and it was very easy to make - I will definitely make again"
"I will make this again and agian, very good. Tks"
"9 grams of fat for a dessert is not too much for the average, healthy, person - if it fits into a healthful lifestyle. Fat free whipped cream can not and does not contain hydrogenated fat- it wouldn't be fat free if it contained hydrogenated fat. Pistachios are a very healthy source of fat, and have been proven to have a cholesterol-lowering effect. It is a dessert, and it is delicious. I'm a registered and licensed dietitian in the state of PA, and I give it one and a half thumbs up. If only all of my clients would eat more foods like this and less regular cheesecake, etc. Moderation, balance, and variety - it can't be said enough."
"Healthy or not, we're all going to die of 'something' someday! We've all just got to limit our selves sometimes. I love the response of how many pieces the one person ate! You go girl! I'm with you! This recipe sounds great, and I'm sure it'll become a family favorite! I'll make it for a family reunion the end of the month again! :)"
"for those that are sooo upset at the fat content and unhealthy food DONT EAT IT. it is that simple. once or twice a year dessert will not kill ya. dont be so negative. it is a good dessert for the holidays, my family loves it. in fact it is a must for thanksgiving at my house. its my hubby and sons fav. for the holiday!!!!"
"i use vanilla pudding and put orange coloring in and made it like yours it was out of the world as i!m IRISH MY GRANDMOTHER IS IRISH so i ware orange shirts and have with orange color in potatoes,corn hamroast orange saladai!m proud of my orange color my husband he ware white shirts thanks for your happy pat day"
"We really enjoyed this dessert. I used low fat graham crackers and only 3 Tbsp butter. Since I don't have a spring form pan I used a pie plate. We ate it without the raspberry and whip topping on top. After removing a piece from the pie plate I put the crumbs that stayed behind in the pie plate on top for extra crunch. Next time I am going to use half low fat graham crackers and half fiber one original cereal."
"This recipe sounds GREAT!! I love frozen desserts. I will make for Easter"
"In honor of those that keep of us informed about unhealthy recipes, I ate 2 pieces last night. In memory of those that have passed on before us due to unhealthy eating habits, I ate 1 piece today. OINK!"
"To all who respond negatively to this wonderful, once a year dessert at your table...YOU ARE JUST UNHAPPY PEOPLE."
"It tastes very good, but it does have a lot of unhealthy oils in it. I really don't like frozen whip toppings."
"Frozen pistachio dessert with raspberry sauce is an absolute favourite in our home. My family absolutely loves this dessert and we make it as often as we can. It's a keeper and one that will go in my recipe box."
"Actually, it's not "healthy." There is a lot of hydrogenated oil in teh frozen fat-free whipped topping, which is laden with chemicals. Those vanilla wafers have hydrogenated fats, too. So, don't call this healthy!"
"We have served this twice at family gatherings and it gets rave reviews! Thanks for a recipe that adds variety to the traditional dessert"