Layered Orange Gelatin Recipe

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"I reduced the calories and fat in a tangy gelatin recipe my mom gave me," explains Angie Philkill of Zeeland, Michigan. The lovely molded salad forms layers as it chills. "We especially enjoy it with ham," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free orange gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 pint orange sherbet, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping

Nutritional Facts

One serving equals 125 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 90 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit 1/2 fat.


  1. In a bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Drain oranges, reserving the juice; set oranges aside. Stir juice into gelatin. Add cream cheese; beat until smooth. Stir in sherbet and whipped topping. Pour into a 6-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Top with oranges. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Layered Orange Gelatin in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p53

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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for years. It tastes like an orange dreamsicle. All you hear at the table are ummmmmmmmms. Yummy!"

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