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Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

This trimmed-down treat has just half the fat, a quarter of the cholesterol and a third fewer calories and carbohydrates, but it still tastes terrific.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:18 servings


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels (8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sliced sweetened strawberries, thawed


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and 3 tablespoons sugar. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar substitute and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • 3. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add water to pineapple juice if necessary to measure 1 cup; pour into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pour into a large bowl; stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  • 4. Drain strawberries, reserving juice; set strawberries aside. Add water to strawberry juice if necessary to measure 1-1/2 cups; stir into gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until partially set.
  • 5. Stir in reserved pineapple and strawberries. Carefully spoon over filling. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm. Yield: 18 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener. Look for Splenda in the baking aisle of your grocery store.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 244 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"So delicious and a very pretty low calorie dessert. I make this often!"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"I have made this recipe for over 20 years. The grandchildren love it ."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was so good. I'd use any sugar, just splenda and it turned out great. No one guested it was healthy."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2008

"I was making this for a diabetic and used only Splenda. Also found frozen strawberries sweetened with Splenda. Everyone at work loved it. The jello didn't have a chance to get soft."

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