Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Green Fluff" aka Pineapple Pistachio Pudding

While visiting at my parents' home, my mom told me about a delicious dessert she just loved.  It is pretty simple, involving only a few ingredients.  You take a box of instant pistachio pudding mix, a can of pineapple and cool-whip.  Mix it all together and Ta-Da! Creamy, dreamy wonderfulness.  

Once I got home, box of pistachio pudding in hand, Jackson and I just had to make it!  But the thing is, I swore I must have forgotten an ingredient or two.  So off I went on a little hunt and stumbled across this version.  This one involved including yogurt and then all of the other ingredients my mom told me about.  A-ha, this must be it.  I excitedly called my mom after making it to tell her how much I loved her dessert.  Guess what, this wasn't her recipe.  Turns out her version really did only have pistachio pudding, pineapple and cool-whip!  My pregnancy brain really didn't fail me like I thought it did.  

BUT the recipe I ended up using was still sooooooooo delicious!!  It was a mistake that turned out wonderful, creamy and dreamy just like I hoped.  Plus I can feel good because I am feeding my family yogurt in disguise for dessert.  This Pineapple Pistachio Pudding, or as I like to call it Green Fluff, is light and creamy and kinda reminds me of a Yogurt Whips.  All I know is I can eat a lot of this stuff.  

Next time I will make my mom's recipe because she has never steered me wrong before. But until then, we will all thoroughly enjoy this one!  

Pineapple Pistachio Pudding
1 (1 ounce) package instant sugar-free pistachio pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) container plain low-fat yogurt
1 (8 ounce) container vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 (8 ounce) can unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
chopped pistachio's for garnish

In a large bowl, combine pistachio pudding mix, plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt and crushed pineapple. Mix until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled. Serve garnished with chopped pistachio's.


  1. I always add mini marshmallows and we call it Ambrosia. I LOVE IT. SO GOOD!!! And Very Retro. I made it for a Mad Men viewing party last year. Yummy. - Amy Lyn

  2. Amy Lyn, we also have another salad we call Ambrosia (don't you just love the name?!) only the one I am familiar with has mandarin oranges, coconut and mini marshmallows added in. That is one thing I just love about these "Retro Recipes". It seems everyone has their own traditional family version. Such fun! Makes me want to taste each one!!



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