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No-Bake Cherry Dessert

No-Bake Cherry Dessert is not only refreshing, it’s also low-carb and a diabetic friendly dessert.

If you are like me, you love a great recipe that is perfect for my waistline. Well, let me tell ya, this recipe is one you will want to keep on hand. It’s so easy to make, it’s low-carb and diabetic-friendly. Plus, you can easily tweak it to be any flavor you’d like. How’s that for a winning recipe?

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This recipe requires only 3 ingredients: sugar-free gelatin, reduced fat cream cheese, and lite whipped topping. You can easily change the flavor of this tasty dessert by simply using a different flavor of gelatin. For this particular recipe, I used cherry flavored gelatin.

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You can literally whip this dessert up in a matter of minutes but it will need to set-up in the refrigerator for a while. I love a great “make-ahead” dessert and this one is perfect for anyone on a low-carb diet. It’s also wonderful to have on hand for whenever unexpected company drops by.

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups lite whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (8-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free cherry gelatin (or any flavor of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the whipped topping and cream cheese until smooth. 
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin mix into the boiling water and stir until dissolved; cool until room temperature. Add gelatin mixture to the cream cheese mixture; stir until well combined.
  3. Pour mixture into a pie pan and chill for at least two hours, or until set.
  4. Serve.
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http://blessedbeyondcrazy.com/low-carb-no-bake-cherry-dessert/

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When ready to serve, cut into pie shape pieces. Optional – garnish with a dollop of sugar-free cherry or vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit. (Remember that any additional toppings may add more carbs & calories.)

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This no-bake cherry dessert is so refreshing on a hot summer day. Make several different flavors for your friends and family: peach, strawberry, strawberry-banana, lime, blueberry, etc…. So many options!

Since presentation is always important, be sure to serve your dessert on cute dessert plates!

Have fun creating your very own no-bake cherry dessert!

Enjoy!

Linda

More great no-bake recipes:

No-Bake Frozen Fruit Salad 2

No-Bake Strawberry Dessert

Gluten Free Butterfinger Parfaits

About the author: Linda and Anna are a mother-daughter team that enjoy cooking, crafting and sharing advice with each other. Here they enjoy sharing all their new recipes and ideas with their readers.

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  • Deb April 4, 2017, 9:11 pm
    Tried your No-Bake Cherry Dessert and absolutely loved it! Thank you so much. Very smooth, creamy & decadent. I had to try some other combinations and someone asked about pudding. I tried sugar free chocolate fudge instant pudding mixed it with 1/2 cup low fat milk and combined it with the already mixed cream cheese & whipped topping, let it set and dug in! Wow! Truly quilt free & a chocolate lovers dream! Again, thank you.😋
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy April 5, 2017, 11:07 am
      Hi Deb! Hey, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving us a note. I am thrilled that you loved this dessert and appreciate you letting me know about the chocolate pudding combo. It sounds delicious and I want to try it myself sometime. Sounds scrumptious! Thanks again and have a great day! Linda
  • minaharker April 2, 2017, 2:10 pm
    Can I put thawed cherries in it too? :)
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy April 2, 2017, 6:01 pm
      Sure, you can certainly try adding thawed cherries. Just be sure they are thoroughly drained or I'm afraid the extra liquid will make final product too runny. Enjoy! Linda
  • Glynis March 24, 2017, 11:37 pm
    Which would be the best flavors to use?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 25, 2017, 8:36 am
      Hi, Glynis, I think any flavor would work well, although my favorites are cherry, strawberry, raspberry. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this recipe. Linda
  • Amy March 21, 2017, 3:27 pm
    Hello! Just to make sure...you only use hot water to dissolve the gelatin and NO cold water? Also, for those who are calculating nutrition-if you use reduced fat cream cheese, regular whipped topping and sugar free gelatin you should come up with 4 carbs I believe. Extra creamy whip topping has more carbs and so does fat free cream cheese as I checked when I bought the products since I'm on a low carb (30g/day) diet. Just fyi 😊
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 21, 2017, 8:44 pm
      Hi, Amy! You are correct. Just use the 1/2 cup boiling water ONLY. Thanks for the tip regarding the ingredients to make the recipe only 4 carbs. That's really good info to know! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this recipe. Linda
  • Emma August 3, 2016, 11:39 am
    Is the gelatin imperative to having this set properly? I'm curious about trying it with pudding mix in place of jello mix, but I'm somewhat concerned that will end up being too sloppy of a consistency to retain shape. TIA!
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy August 3, 2016, 2:24 pm
      Hi Emma, I am not sure how this recipe would turn out using pudding in place of gelatin. I would think that a product containing a thickening agent would work, however I'm not sure about the proportions. I am always tweaking and adapting recipes to suit my specific dietary needs, so I would encourage you to go for it. The end result may be more like a mousse than anything, but I bet it would taste good at the same time. If it flops, you can always freeze your creation and make a milkshake with it! Who knows... you might just develop a fabulous new recipe! :) If you do try using pudding, please drop us an note and let us know how it turned out. Have fun! Linda
  • Susan May 31, 2016, 3:52 pm
    Is Nutri -Whip ok to use.Also, do you have any eggless recipes?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy May 31, 2016, 8:46 pm
      Hi Susan, I sorry but I am not familiar with Nutri-Whip. Is is similar to Cool Whip? Where do you purchase it? We may have some recipes that do not call for eggs that might work for you. What type of eggless recipes are you looking for? Thanks! Linda
  • Kristen May 23, 2016, 1:45 pm
    How many carbs is in a slice ?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy May 23, 2016, 5:54 pm
      Hi Kristen, One recipe should make 8 servings. When I plugged the ingredients into a recipe analyzer this is what came up: Serving Size 58 g – Amount Per Serving: Calories 181 Calories from Fat 117 % Daily Value* Total Fat 13.0g Saturated Fat 9.4g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 31mg Sodium 86mg Potassium 34mg Total Carbohydrates 10.2g Sugars 3.2g Protein 3.1g Based on a 2000 caloric diet Feel free to switch out the lite Cool Whip for sugar free Cool Whip if that help with the end results. If you have access to another recipe analyzer you can double check these results. Enjoy! Linda
  • rk March 28, 2016, 7:04 pm
    Looks delicious! I am wondering if there are gelatin free products that I can use as substitutes? Any ideas pls? I am a vegetarian and would like to avoid gelatin made from calf bones...thanks in advance for any advice.
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 28, 2016, 7:20 pm
      Hi rk, Here are a few ideas for you. http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Gelatin-Substitutes-for-Vegetarians http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/vegetarian-substitutes-gelatin-4169.html http://allrecipes.com/recipe/131067/vegan-gelatin/ Hope you can find something that will work for you. Good luck! Linda
  • Judith March 26, 2016, 6:40 pm
    Have you tried this recipes with any other favors of sugar free jello?
    • Judith March 26, 2016, 6:41 pm
      Flavors*
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 26, 2016, 9:20 pm
      Hi Judith, I made Frosty Key Lime Treats that are similar http://blessedbeyondcrazy.com/frosty-key-lime-treats/ and they were super yummy! I suggest you try your favorite flavor of sugar free jello (in place of cherry) and see what you think. Have fun! Linda
  • Maggie Carter March 8, 2016, 5:30 pm
    What's the consistence of this ? Is this like fudge ? And, If it doesn't Do you have any low cal, sugar free fudge recipe with similar ingredients or something ?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 8, 2016, 8:21 pm
      Hey Maggie, The consistency of this No-Bake Cherry Dessert is fairly dense, yet creamy all at the same time. Imagine taking a bite of the three combined chilled ingredients: cream cheese, whipped topping and thicken jello. When you take a bite, it becomes creamy and kind of melts in your mouth as it warms up. It may be compared to a fudge-like consistency I guess, but it isn't exactly like it either. As of right now, this is the only recipe that we have that I can think of that may be close to what are looking for. If you truly do want a fudge recipe, I suggest you do a search on Pinterest for low cal, sugar free fudge recipes. There are several that are available and perhaps one of those will be a good fit for your needs. I hope I have answered your question! Enjoy, Linda
  • Maggie Carter March 8, 2016, 5:28 pm
    Hi, I was wondering if you got the 2 cups of cool whip out of the 1 package pictured
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 8, 2016, 8:08 pm
      Hi Maggie, Yes, I did obtain the 2 cups of Cool Whip from an 8 ounce carton. Here is a link from the Kraft website that states: "Actually, there are approximately 3-1/4 cups of whipped topping per 8 ounce tub. The 8 ounce tub is a measurement of the weight of the tub, not the amount IN the tub." You can go to the link to read more: http://kraftfoods.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/339 Thanks for stopping by and leaving us a note. We hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Linda
  • Sharon February 7, 2016, 3:53 pm
    Do you need the cup of hot water?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy February 7, 2016, 5:22 pm
      Hi Sharon, So sorry for the confusion. I just updated the recipe. We had a glitch in our blog server a few weeks ago so we updated to a new format/theme and in turn, that forced us to also update each of our post. This recipe does call for 1/2 cup hot water to dissolve the gelatin. If you look at the post again it will give you the exact directions. Thanks so much for you patience! Hope you enjoy this recipe! Linda
  • Jennifer January 29, 2016, 8:48 pm
    How many calories please and how much is a serving? Counting calories with good results but love sweets lol.
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 30, 2016, 8:41 am
      Hi Jennifer, One recipe should make 8 servings. When I plugged the ingredients into a recipe analyzer this is what came up: Serving Size 58 g - Amount Per Serving: Calories 181 Calories from Fat 117 % Daily Value* Total Fat 13.0g Saturated Fat 9.4g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 31mg Sodium 86mg Potassium 34mg Total Carbohydrates 10.2g Sugars 3.2g Protein 3.1g Based on a 2000 caloric diet Feel free to switch out the lite Cool Whip for sugar free Cool Whip if that help with the end results. Enjoy! Linda
  • Susy January 28, 2016, 4:52 pm
    I believe you're missing a half cup of hot water from this recipe. I've made this before from this website and I remember using the hot water to disolve the jello.
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 29, 2016, 12:10 pm
      Hi Susy, Thanks for drawing our attention to that. I will review the recipe. Perhaps something happened when we updated and changed the format. Thanks again, Linda
  • Lynn griffin January 25, 2016, 3:15 pm
    This was so good, I did however make a low carb crust also, using almond meal/ flour 2 tbsp splenda, dash of ground cinnamon and melted butter...sure curved my sweet craving! !
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 25, 2016, 6:26 pm
      Hi Lynn, Yay! I am sooo glad to hear that you tried this recipe and liked it! Anna and I are always tweaking recipes to suit the needs of our family, so it's great when others do the same. I love your idea for using the almond meal and Splenda, with a dash of cinnamon! Sounds good! Thanks for letting us know! Linda
    • BB February 9, 2016, 1:13 am
      Thanks Lynn. I'm going to try to make this crust with this recipe for Valentine's Day. :-)
  • Shirley January 20, 2016, 10:53 am
    My hubby is a diabetic and this is a really good low cal desert he can eat freely without having to worry about it spiking his sugar. Thanks
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 20, 2016, 1:23 pm
      Hi Shirley, Both my husband and my mother are diabetic so I totally understand. I've made this dessert several times for them and it's nice to have something they can enjoy without worry. It's also nice to be able to change-up flavors from time to time. Thanks for stopping by and dropping us a note. Have a great day! Linda
    • Linda January 23, 2016, 10:35 pm
      Did you put it in the freezer or refrigerator?
      • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 24, 2016, 8:16 am
        You put it in the freezer overnight, or until set. Linda

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