Raspberry Fluff

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FOUR INGREDIENT RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF. A ridiculously easy dessert salad, only FIVE minutes prep and totally foolproof! Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

Raspberry Fluff is a simple dessert salad made with only four ingredients with only about ten minutes of prep time!

 

FOUR INGREDIENT RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF. A ridiculously easy dessert salad, only FIVE minutes prep and totally foolproof! Via chelseasmessyapron.com

Raspberry Fluff

Today’s recipe is courtesy of my sweet cousin Kim. She’s famous in my family for Raspberry Fluff because we all love it so much. Whenever Easter or Thanksgiving or another holiday comes around that involves a big dinner, we all ask who is coming. Just knowing that Kim is coming gets us all excited anyway, but the follow-up question is always, “Is she bringing her raspberry salad?!”

I swear it’s the first thing gone on the table for every single holiday and I will admit that this salad occupies the largest section on my plate.

I mean when you can pass a dessert as a side salad, why wouldn’t it occupy most of the plate?!

Photo of the ingredients for Raspberry Fluff.

Raspberry Fluff ingredients

As mentioned earlier, this recipe only requires FOUR ingredients — hard to beat that!

  1. Cheesecake pudding mix: I recommend Jell-o® brand; it has the best flavor, in my opinion (not sponsored). Make sure to get the smaller (3.4 ounces) box, not the 5.6-ounce package. I prefer the regular cheesecake pudding mix instead of the sugar-free. Make sure it’s instant pudding, not the cook-and-serve type.
  2. Light vanilla nonfat yogurt: I highly recommend a light, nonfat, flavored yogurt for this fluff salad. The vanilla-flavored yogurt adds a nice subtle flavor to the salad without requiring you to add extra ingredients. I do not recommend using Greek yogurt in this recipe.
  3. Frozen whipped topping: Whatever frozen whipped topping you get (lite, sugar-free, or original) be sure it’s fully thawed before making Raspberry Fluff. If it is still frozen in its entirety or in part, it won’t incorporate with other ingredients nicely.
  4. Frozen raspberries: We love frozen for two reasons; first, they’re usually sweeter than fresh when fresh is out of season. Second, they break down a bit more and incorporate a bit better throughout the entire salad, making this fluff more of a raspberry-esque mousse. Fresh will work though! 

Process shots: Stir together the vanilla yogurt and the dry pudding mix; add in frozen raspberries and thawed whipped topping. Fold gently.

Variations

We love Raspberry Fluff as the recipe is written, but below are some ideas to change it up and personalize it.

  • Vanilla version: Use vanilla pudding mix instead of cheesecake.
  • White chocolate version: Try white chocolate pudding instead of vanilla.
  • As a dip: Raspberry Fluff also works as a fun dip; serve the raspberries (use fresh not frozen) on the side, and dip them in the pudding, whipped topping, and yogurt mixture.
  • Lighten it up: Use sugar-free or reduced-fat whipped topping and/or use sugar-free pudding mix. If using sugar-free pudding mix, you’ll likely want two packets.
  • Make homemade whipped topping: More on this below!

Homemade whipped topping

If you want an alternative to frozen whipped topping for this fluff salad, heavy cream can be used to make your own topping instead.

To make homemade whipped topping, using heavy cream: Whip 1 cup heavy cream with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat to combine, and then increase the speed and whip until firm peaks form, about 2-4 minutes. With a spatula, fold the homemade topping into the pudding and yogurt mixture. 

QUICK TIP

If you don’t want to make your own homemade whipped topping, but would prefer a product with fewer processed ingredients, it’s worth looking into Truwhip. This alternative frozen whipped topping uses all real ingredients without artificial flavors or colors. (Not sponsored)

FOUR INGREDIENT RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF. A ridiculously easy dessert salad, less than TEN minutes prep and totally foolproof!

Raspberry Fluff Tips

  • Use full-fat frozen whipped topping. Low-fat or lite whipped topping will work, but the salad is less flavorful, less thick, and tends to get a bit watery. (Weight Watchers® calls for sugar-free pudding and fat-free whipped topping for their version of this salad. While this works and is great if you’re looking for a low-calorie treat, we do prefer this salad (flavor-wise) with full-fat and sugar ingredients).
  • Serve chilled. We think this fluff is best cold. It’s like a light raspberry mousse! Give it a quick stir before serving after it has spent time in the fridge chilling.

FOUR INGREDIENT RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF. A ridiculously easy dessert salad, less than TEN minutes prep and totally foolproof!

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Raspberry Fluff

4.5 from 2 votes
Raspberry Fluff is a simple dessert salad made with only four ingredients and with about ten minutes of prep time!
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Raspberry Fluff

4.5 from 2 votes
Raspberry Fluff is a simple dessert salad made with only four ingredients and with about ten minutes of prep time!
Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, thanksgiving
Keyword raspberry fluff
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings as a side
Calories 304kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 container (32 oz., 907g) vanilla yogurt low-fat, do not use greek yogurt
  • 1 package (3.4 oz., 96g) cheesecake instant pudding mix, dry*
  • 1 package (12 oz., 340g.) frozen raspberries
  • 1 container (8 oz., 226g) frozen whipped topping thawed

Instructions

  • PREP: Set out the frozen raspberries to slightly thaw while preparing the dressing. Make sure the frozen whipped topping is completely thawed before beginning.
  • YOGURT AND CHEESECAKE: Briskly whisk together the vanilla yogurt and the dry cheesecake pudding mix. Mix until thoroughly combined and few bumps remain (some are ok!)
  • RASPBERRIES: Gently, with a spatula, fold in the frozen raspberries until well incorporated. The raspberries will break down a bit-- this is intended!
  • WHIPPED TOPPING: Gently, with a spatula, fold in the thawed whipped topping until completely combined.
  • SERVE: Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. (The longer it sits, the pinker the salad will be.)
  • STORAGE: Best enjoyed within 1-2 days. Gently mix to re-combine after fluff salad has sat in the fridge.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Do not prepare the cheesecake pudding mix according to package directions; use the dry package in this recipe. Make sure to use the right size: 3.4 ounces, not the 5.6-ounce container. If using sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix, use 2 (1-ounce) packages.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 1mg

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28 Comments

  1. I’m the lucky one when I spend time with my cousin and her family. ? And while I can’t cook Chelsea and her mom are amazing! So I’m happy I found something easy that I can’t mess up and they love so much. Thanks Chels! ?

  2. I added one 1oz package of sugar free jello cheesecake mix and it turned out very overwhelmingly cheesecake flavored. Why is this?

    1. I’ve found sugar free pudding is always a bit more intensely flavored than regular; that could be it. I’d try 1 ounce of the regular pudding mix next time! 🙂

  3. We do not use regular yogurt much any more. Any ideas why Greek would not work well?
    Thanks–we like raspberries a lot here so I’m excited to try this.

    1. I’ve tried this recipe with Greek yogurt and it got too thick/clumpy with the pudding mix unfortunately.

  4. This looks amazingly delicious I must try this
    Question can you use fresh raspberries? Instead of frozen or does it have to be frozen??

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