Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, February 6, 2012

Easy Butterfinger Dessert

Easy Butterfinger Dessert:  Low calorie and delicious with super easy prep!  Everyone loves this dessert!

I have become totally addicted to Pinterest.  I think I might check it as often as my facebook these days...but honestly...you can find sooo much great stuff there.  That is where I found the link to this delicious and easy dessert that literally takes minutes to prepare.  No cooking involved.  My family loved, loved, loved this dish..and so will yours.

This dessert would make a wonderful dish to take to a potluck or a dinner with friends.  Divided up into 16 servings, each serving is 5 points+.  

The original recipe used vanilla fat free, sugar free pudding mix..but I subbed butterscotch flavor...and I don't think I would make it any other way.  The butterscotch and the butterfinger flavors were great together, and since you dilute the pudding with quite a bit of cool whip free, it is becomes a very subtle flavor in the "fluff" part of the dessert.


The super simple preparation involves cutting up a pre made angel food cake into cubes.  ( I purchased a cake from my grocer's bakery department)  Then mixing the pudding mix with skim milk and the cool whip free to make a fluff.  Then you just layer the ingredients into a 13 x 9 inch pan. 


My mini food processor made an easy job of chopping up the fun sized butterfinger bars for the butterfinger part of the dessert.  The whole thing came together in minutes. 

I will be making this dessert often....I am sure of it!



Butterfinger Dessert
adapted from Yummly.com



Servings - 16   Serving size - 1/16th of recipe   Points Plus per serving - 5 Points+
Calories - 177.7,   Total Fat - 1g,   Carb - 37g,   Protein - 3.3g,   Fiber - 0.1g

*Please note that if you follow the link to the original recipe, it says 4points per serving.  This may be the old points.  I put all the nutrition info into the site I use, using exact size of cake ( which is not listed in the original recipe) and I came up with 5 points+ per serving.  

Ingredients: 

1 (10") prepared angel food cake, cut into 1' cubes
1 ( 1 oz.) package of sugar free, fat free butterscotch pudding mix
1 1/2 cups skim milk
2 ( 8 oz. ) containers of cool whip FREE, thawed
10 fun-sized butterfingers candy bars, crushed ( I used mini food processor)

Directions: 

1.  Spray 9 x 13" pan with cooking spray.  Arrange half the angel food cake cubes in bottom of pan.  

2.  In large bowl, combine the pudding mix with skim milk.  Whisk until starting to thicken.  Fold in both containers of cool whip FREE.  

3.  Pour half the "fluff" mixture over the cubed angel food cake in pan.  Top with half the crushed butterfinger candies.  Repeat with rest of cake, fluff and candy. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving, or overnight.  Enjoy!


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It literally took me minutes to throw this dessert together, and everyone in my family agreed it was a thumbs up dessert all the way.  No one will ever believe it is a Weight watchers friendly dish!  It's that good.  

We are having such spectacular winter weather here in NE Ohio this year!  I got out to clean the outside of my windows today....FEBRUARY 6th!  Unbelievable!  I usually dread the month of February every year..but with such great weather and so much sunshine...it hasn't been too hard of a pill to swallow this year.  How about you?  What month of the year is your least favorite?  


39 comments:

  1. mmmmmmmmm! What a fun dessert. Cool whip is deliciousness. I dislike any cold ;) January/ February are usually tougher (but not too "tough" in SC ;))

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  2. Oh, my gosh. This looks so sinful but isn't ! How cool is that?! January, and thankfully it is behind us. :)

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  3. Another recipe keeper from Renee!!! It's super sunny here in Vancouver too. We have high hopes it'll last at least a few days longer. Have a great week.

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  4. This looks great what size are those bars not sure what fun size is. Maybe they have a weight to the bar. Thanks so much I want to try this.

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    1. I don't have the bag I bought any more..but I believe this is what they are called on the bag. They weighed about 7.5 oz all together, if that helps! :)

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    2. The "fun" size bars look about 1/3 or 1/2 the size of a regular candy bar, if that helps :)

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  5. De.lic.ious! Very easy and yummy, my favorite kind of food. Thank you again for another excellent recipe. :)

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  6. This was really great, thanks so much! My limited grocery store didn't have Butterfinger bars so I did a hybrid Score/Crispy Crunch combo. Worked really well :-)

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    1. thanks for the review! I a glad you enjoyed it and I love that you subbed the candy! :)

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  7. This sounds so good! But I think I'll make it with the regular pudding and cool whip because all the extra chemicals added to the sugar free and fat free kinds totally freak me out.

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    1. I'm sure it will be wonderful with the full fat and regular pudding...just remember with those changes, the nutritional info above will not be accurate. Enjoy!

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  8. Just made this. I am diabetic so have to be VERY strict with my sugar and carbs. I ground up unsalted peanuts, sugar free chocolate pieces, and walnuts in a little food processor, and used a sugar free angel food cake. Maybe not Butterfingers, but close. Still has some carbs, but at least brought it down some more. Thanks for the recipe. Delicious!

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  9. I think I'll add a layer of chocolate fluff in mine as well.

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  10. I've been doing WW for almost a year with little success because of my wicked sweet tooth. This sounds fantastic. Just what I needed. I also live in Ohio and hate Jan and Feb.

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  11. What site do you use to get nutritional stats? The one I have been using doesn't figure fiber.

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    1. I currently use Sparkrecipes to calculate the information. It allows me to input my specific ingredients.

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  12. I love this. I have made it using Heath bars (you can also use Skor bars. It take 3 full sized. I have also left off the candy and used crushed pineapple that I poured over the cake before putting the pudding on.

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    1. Did you drain the pineapple before pouring it over the cake?

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  13. I'm wondering if I used a sugar free Angel Food Cake (they sell them at a couple of grocery stores here) if the PointsPlus could be reduced. I'll have to put it through the WW recipe builder. This sounds like an awesome recipe! I'll be trying it ...

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    1. You'll have to come back and let me know. I have never seen SF angel food cake! What a nice thing to find!

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    2. I'm trying this tomorrow night for company. I'm also substituting Heath Bar for Butterfinger ...I'll let you know how it is!

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    3. I made this using sugar free angel food cake and Heath Bars. It was wonderful! 1/12 of the recipe (a nice big piece) came out to 3 WW PointsPlus. I ran it through the WW recipe builder. I'm making another one tonight as soon as the Cool Whip defrosts! YUM.

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    4. Sounds wonderful! I love this recipe because you can get so creative with the flavors and add ins!

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  14. In recipe it says 1 oz.of pudding mix is this a mistake?. thanks want to try it soon lorrie

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    1. Hi Lorrie! No, it's not a mistake. The sugar free pudding mix box weight is 1 oz. This is the weight of the dry pudding mix. I hope you give it a try!

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  15. can we stop making desserts and calling them "not bad" Five points is almost a quarter of your points for a day when you've hit maintenance. Also please stop telling people it's low in sugar (I'm seeing that circulate on Pinterest, which is how I found the site). This recipe has 80g of sugar per serving. Even if you took out the angel food cake (which obviously you shouldn't) there would be 18g of sugar per serving.
    It looks delicious, but we have to stop kidding ourselves that these sorts of desserts are "good." They are an indulgence and that's okay, but we should stop deluding ourselves about what's "good" and sabotaging our own health.

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    1. If you read the text that goes with this post, I never referred to this dessert as healthy, low sugar, or "not bad". I agree, any dessert is an indulgence. If you follow the WW points plus program (not the old WW momentum program) you will know that you are given 40 points+ to use during the week on things like dessert. This dessert is simply an option to other choices which may have a higher point+ value.

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    2. Thanks for posting this recipe -- it looks delicious and I'll be making it tonight! Sorry for the comment above; we're all intelligent enough to make our own decisions about what we choose to make and aren't easily fooled by claims of "healthy". Those of us on WW (and other plans to improve our health) need to find some options to replace all the junk we used to eat. This one looks great! Keep 'em coming!

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  16. I love this dessert & have been making it for over 10 yrs. I have used vanilla, lemon, & white chocolate pudding which turns out amazing. My new favorite is using chocolate angel food cake with chocolate pudding & the new chocolate cool whip frosting. Heavenly!!!

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  17. this looks FABULOUS and I will be trying... but, I just have one question. Why is it necessary to spray the pan with cooking spray?

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    1. You could probably omit this step. I do it just to make sure if leftovers start to dry out, washing the dish isn't an issue. But to be honest,it rarely lasts that long.

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    2. Makes sense...thank you!!!! :) I can't wait to try.

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  18. Brownie Points for being WW friendly! It's so helpful to someone like me!

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  19. I plan to make this over the weekend and I didn't purchase the sugar free pudding, I just got the regular instant butterscotch pudding. Is one box going to be too much? I think the weight is 3.4 oz.

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    1. One box of regular instant pudding is fine. It weighs more than the sf box because sugar weighs more than sugar substitute. Hope you enjoy it!

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  20. I made this but instead of putting it in a pan, I layered it in a bowl like you would banana pudding. Such a great recipe. Thanks for sharing

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  21. I made this but instead of putting it in a pan, I layered it in a bowl like you would banana pudding. Such a great recipe. Thanks for sharing

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  22. This looks delicious, I will try it out. Thanks for the recipe.

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