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Ribbon Pudding Pie

Cool, smooth and creamy, this pretty pie is a slice of heaven for people with diabetes and anyone who likes an easy yet impressive dessert. The lovely pudding layers feature a yummy combination of vanilla, chocolate and butterscotch. —Doris Morgan, Verona, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 cups cold fat-free milk, divided
  • 1 package (1 ounces) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust (6 ounces)
  • 1 package (1 ounces) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • Whipped topping and finely chopped pecans, optional


  • Whisk 1-1/3 cups milk and vanilla pudding mix 2 minutes. Spread into crust.
  • In another bowl, whisk 1-1/3 cups milk and butterscotch pudding mix 2 minutes. Carefully spoon over vanilla layer, spreading evenly.
  • In a third bowl, whisk remaining 1-1/3 cups milk and chocolate pudding mix 2 minutes. Carefully spread over top. Refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes. If desired, serve with whipped topping and pecans.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 184 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 427mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Steve
    Jul 4, 2020

    I made this recipe exactly according to directions, with one exception: the store I shop at did not have sugar-free butterscotch. So I had to use the sugared version. I also didn't serve it until the next day, so it had plenty of time to set up. I don't think 30 minutes would have been long enough. Even the package directions say to give it an hour. All in all it came out very good.

  • Pam
    Apr 23, 2020

    Tried this pie and the flavor is great and easy to do. However it's just the 2 of us so after I cut the first 2 pieces the next day the pudding had started to collapse into the pie plate. The pudding is not watery and not necessarily runny, just not holding shape. I used a hand mixer for the pudding mixing each flavor one at a time, so each layer had some time to set up before the next layer was added and each one seemed fine as far as thickness/firmness before adding to the pie. I did read that one person used parfait cups and making them right before serving, which would also be an option. Did anyone have this problem and find a solution?

  • DelisaK
    Mar 25, 2020

    We are in the middle of this Covid -19 Shelter in Place, so I had to sue what I had on hand. I did not have any sugar free puddings. I did not have butterscotch, but I did have caramel. I did not have fat-free milk. For some reason, we have whole milk. I did not have a premade crust, so I made one from graham crackers. I used a 9-inch pan but I could not use all of the vanilla pudding or the caramel pudding as they took up too much room. That's okay, I have people in my house who will love to eat that too. Anyway, this pie is so good! I thought it would just be like eating regular pudding, but no, it's its own little pie. It's wonderful!!!

  • Annee
    Feb 16, 2020

    Great pie. This is how I made it successful for us. I let the layers set up for 5 minutes or so before I added the next one. If you're having problems with the setting up of this pie, you might try that. It worked for me.

  • slocook805
    Jun 17, 2019

    I've made this pie using regular pudding mix and I swap out the fat free milk for half and half. No my version isn't low cal. For those who mentioned their pie was a bit runny or soupy, you need fat content in the milk to get a firmer pie. 4% will give you nice firm pie. I use half and half because we like desserts very rich and the half and half makes the pudding all that much richer.

  • Stitchwiz
    Mar 12, 2018

    I made this pie for a luncheon with friends. It was a big hit - everyone loved it! Quick & easy to make, but let it set up for a few hours.

  • Nan
    Feb 20, 2018

    Second time making this for my husband. His new favorite pie! I put the pudding & milk in bowls with lids & just shake the bowls for a bit & set in fridge for 3 min. to set, then assemble the pie. Quick & easy for me. Thanks for this great recipe!!

  • terik82
    Oct 7, 2012

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  • qviking
    May 11, 2011

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  • cpecor
    Apr 27, 2010

    Takes longer than recipe stated to firm up. The chocolate overwhelmed the rest of the flavors.