Monday, September 12, 2011

Desperation Dessert

You know guys, I've been trying to be good...I really have.  I've been eating the whole grains.  I've been eating a lot less meat, and even eating the veggies (sorta).  But sometimes I just need something big and gooey and chocolate.  I'm a sweets girl at heart.  People who say they don't like sweets...I just don't get them.  I could eat them morning, noon, and night.  It was time I had a big chocolate treat, but since we've been trying to eat healthier there really wasn't anything in the house.  That's how this desperation dessert was born.



I starting scrounging through the cabinets, just looking for something I could throw together to resemble dessert.  I found some ladyfingers but they smelled like they had been in the cabinet too long.  I found some buttercream frosting that had been unsealed then stuck back in the cabinet to see what sort of things would grow on it.  Then I found this stuff....


....and some cool whip way back in the freezer.  So the layering began.



The girl was more than happy to help since she hasn't been eating as many sweets either, and I'm afraid she's inherited the old sweet tooth.  Or picked up my bad habits (sure, blame the mom!).  



So in a nutshell, here's what we did...

Start with:
1 box of instant pudding (mix according to directions)
Graham crackers (or ladyfingers if you've got them)
Cool whip
peanut butter chips
chocolate frosting

Layer graham crackers in bottom of 8x8 baking dish.  Pour in half the pudding, sprinkle with peanut butter chips, then cover with half the cool whip.  Repeat this process once, top with graham crackers, and smear frosting all over it.  Sprinkling with pb chips on top of course.  Chill for as long as you can resist eating it.  In our case it was about an hour.
And voila...dessert is born!  I suppose this is a lot like the potluck favorite eclair cake, just simplified using what's on hand. 




I'm not giving up on the healthy stuff, just a side trip now and then :)

9 comments:

Brenda said...

OMG, that looks so good Julie! I've been cutting back and eating healthier too (only had one of the cupcakes I made last Friday which is good for me), but sometimes you just have to dig into a luscious dessert. I'm with you, I was born with a sweet tooth and people who don't like sweets just aren't normal, lol! Your daughter is such a cutie - she looks so much like her mama!

Joanne said...

I try to eat something gooey and chocolatey at least once a week...and now this is totally what I want!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Sometimes you just gotta jump off the health food wagon. Then you get back on.

Kim said...

I hear you. I've been dieting about 5 weeks now and I'm definitely ready to indulge in something sinful and chocolately. This is a wonderful on the fly dessert. A Julie original! I'd be overjoyed to eat a big piece right now.

teresa said...

oh my goodness, perfect way to splurge, how delicious!!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Sure looks good to me. I've given up on dieting and since I hate exercise I'll just be fat and happy I guess!

The Blonde Duck said...

1) Could I use nilla wafers?
2) Would butterscotch pudding or french vanilla pudding be better?

Taste and Tell said...

THat is so inventive!! And I'm a believer in cheating every once in awhile. No one can give up the good stuff forever and be happy! :)

Monet said...

You have got to do this, in my books! This looks decadent and delicious, my friend, but with you...I'm not surprised! Thank you for sharing another tasty treat. I hope you have a blessed Saturday. I'm off to celebrate my grandparent's 60th! Much love.