This dreamy dessert is super simple to make. It’s so light and tasty with rich pistachio and almond flavors. I made this skinny by using reduced-fat butter in the crust, reduced-fat milk and fat-free Cool Whip instead of regular and topping with good-for-you almonds. One skinny slice has 144 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS. It’s a little slice of heaven!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
1⅓ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light, melted
1½ cups reduced-fat milk (2 %)
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip Free (fat-free), thawed
Red and blue food color, optional
¼ cup sliced, chopped, or slivered almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a spring-form pan with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, add graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Mix together until the crumbs are coated. Set aside 2 tablespoons for the topping.
3. Spread the remaining crumbs evenly in the prepared pan. Pat the crumbs down.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place in refrigerator to quickly cool.
5. In the meantime, in a large bowl, add milk, dry pudding mix and almond extract. Beat with a wire whisk for about 2 minutes until thickened. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in 1½ cups Cool Whip. Spoon into cooled pan. Spread evenly.
6. To the pudding bowl add the remaining Cool Whip. Add one drop of each red and blue food coloring and gentle mix with a rubber spatula. This should create a light lavender colored batter. Spread this lavender batter evenly on top of the pistachio pudding batter.
7. Sprinkle the top evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons of crumbs and sliced almonds.
8. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set. This can be made several days in advance. Store in refrigerator. It also freezes great.
Instant pudding mixes were most likely introduced in the early 1950’s. In 1952 Marion Manner’s wrote an article in the Los Angeles Times and said, “Instant puddings make instant hit.” The first flavors to be introduced were chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch. Later in 1975, pistachio was introduced.
The spring-form pan is a two-piece pan where the sides can be removed and the bottom can be removed. The pan pieces are put together for baking and once the content has been baked and cooled, the band is opened and removed. It’s great to use for delicate pies like this one.
Honey Maid graham cracker crumbs are available in the baking aisle of the supermarket.
Weight Watchers (old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice
144 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g protein, 25g carbs, 0g fiber, 216mg sodium, 13g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 slice
263 calories, 16g fat, 4g protein, 28g carbs, 1g fiber, 352mg sodium, 12g sugar