This traditional jello dessert
tends to evoke many memories
of fond family times...
I have altered the traditional recipe somewhat, and this new version definitely turned out to be much more flavorful with greater texture.
Prep: 10 Mins.
Set: 3 hours.
1 large box sugar free strawberry jello (or 2 small)
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup orange juice
2 bananas, finely chopped
1 (16 oz. pkg.) frozen whole strawberries, thawed, and finely chopped
1 (8 oz. pkg.) fat free cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (12 oz. container) fat free cool whip, thawed
--(do not substitute for real whipped cream, as it does not hold its integrity)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped candied pecans
Dissolve jello in boiling water while stirring for 2 minutes in a medium bowl, and stir in orange juice. Chop the bananas and strawberries, and add to jello mixture.
Pour half of jello-fruit mixture into a 9”x13” glass dish. Chill until set for 1 hour.
Using a hand mixer, cream softened cream cheese, cool whip, and vanilla extract together until smooth and fluffy in a medium bowl.
Spread half the creamed mixture over set jello. Sprinkle with half the chopped pecans.
Pour remaining jello-fruit mixture over this layer. Chill until completely set for 2 hours.
When set, top with remaining cream mixture, and sprinkle with the rest of the pecans.
Cut into 12 squares, and serve. ~ Enjoy!