layered mandarin jello salad (almost sugar free)

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By Tere G.
from Here, KY

This is a new recipe I created for a guilt free dessert/salad that you'd never guess is virtually sugar free. It has alternating layers of cool, refreshing mandarin oranges in orange jello, and coconut flavored cream cheese. For a pretty presentation, be sure to assemble it in a clear glass bowl/dish, sprinkle with coconut and garnish with a few orange segments. Hubby said it was too pretty to eat, but he did and loved it! He said it reminded him of a Dreamsicle. If you're not concerned about sugar, you could use regular jello and real sugar in the same proportions.

serves 6 - 8
prep time 4 Hr
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For layered mandarin jello salad (almost sugar free)

  • 1 box
    (sm.) sugar free orange jello
  • 1 c
    boiling water
  • 1 c
    cold water
  • 1 can
    (sm.) mandarin orange segments in natural juice, drained
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c
    granulated artificial sweetener
  • 1/3 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp
    coconut extract
  • 1/4 c
    shredded coconut
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How To Make layered mandarin jello salad (almost sugar free)

  • 1
    Pour gelatin into a medium mixing bowl.
  • 2
    Pour one cup boiling water over gelatin, stirring until completely dissolved.
  • 3
    Add one cup very cold water, stirring well.
  • 4
    Pour 1/2 of the jello mixture into medium (1 qt.) clear glass serving bowl or 8"x8" pyrex dish.
  • 5
    Add 1/2 can of drained mandarin orange segments; stir to distribute evenly.
  • 6
    Reserve 5 orange segments for decoration; refrigerate all remaining oranges.
  • 7
    Place bowl in refrigerator until jello is set (about 1 1/2 hrs.)
  • 8
    Cover remaining jello with foil or plastic wrap; set aside on counter until needed later for the second jello layer.
  • 9
    After jello has set for 1 1/2 hours, make the cream cheese layer by beating cream cheese with hand mixer until creamy.
  • 10
    Slowly add 1/3 cup granulated artificial sweetener, beating until combined.
  • 11
    Add cream and 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract , beating until smooth and creamy.
  • 12
    Top the set jello with 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture by dropping dollops with a spoon, then carefully smoothing to the edges to completely cover jello.
  • 13
    Place remaining oranges on cream cheese layer.
  • 14
    Carefully pour remaining room temperature jello over oranges and cream cheese layer.
  • 15
    Cover remaining 1/2 of cream cheese mixture with foil or plastic; set aside on counter until needed for last layer.
  • 16
    Refrigerate jello dish until jello is set (about 1-1 1/2 hrs.)
  • 17
    When final layer of jello is set, top the set jello with remaining 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture by dropping dollops with a spoon, then carefully smoothing to the edges to completely cover jello.
  • 18
    Sprinkle shredded coconut over top; add remining orange segments for decoration.
  • 19
    Cover and refrigerate until served. May be doubled, just use a 9"x13" dish.
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