If you love fluff, then you’ll go gaga over this sugar-free orange fluff. I created this recipe when going on a new, healthier eating plan and wanted to incorporate more fruits into my diet. This Orange Fluff Dessert recipe is absolutely delicious, will fill your home with the most delicious aroma and tastes like it has sugar but doesn’t have any.
Today, I’m going to share with you how to make Orange Delight Salad. I’ve been kind of obsessed with this salad lately, after find out about the numerous health benefits of orange.
Sugar Free Orange Fluff
Orange Fluff salad is a quick and easy WW dessert that can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes and takes no time to prepare!
Orange fluff salad is an old WW dessert back from the 80s and since then the WW program has changed quite a bit. I wasn’t even born then (born in 81) and I’m not really sure how WW was calculating points back then. Does anyone else know? If so leave a comment below. Since then there have been so many different ways to calculate points such as points plus, smart points etc.
It is no secret that I love “Fluff salad” desserts on this blog and I have so many of them! They are fast and easy to whip up and you don’t need to take out any fancy kitchen equipment for them. Just a bowl and whisk is all I use. I love these type of desserts in the Spring and Summertime and often they can be found in the Midwest here at church potlucks or any type of Holiday gathering. If you are from a different part of the US, you might think this is odd to call this a salad and believe you and me, I think the same thing!
HOW TO MAKE ORANGE FLUFF SALAD
Beat together the Cool Whip, pudding mix, and orange jello together in a bowl. I like to use a wire whisk for this but you can also use an electric mixer. Gently fold in the drained mandarin oranges and let it sit in the fridge for up to 2 hrs. Each serving is 1/2 cup and it makes a total of 8 servings.
SUGAR FREE ORANGE JELLO SALAD
Creamy orange jello salad is a simple old fashioned dish with a healthy twist using sugar free orange jello, fresh whipped cream, cottage cheese, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, and chopped pecans.
This salad can pass as a creamy dessert, but it’s a healthy one filled with protein and filling fats. Just a small portion will satisfy a sweet tooth.
Share this for your next potluck dish or keep it all for yourself! This holds up nicely and can be refrigerated for up to 5 days!
ORANGE JELLO SALAD
I can’t tell you how much I’m anticipating some potluck gatherings this summer. It feel like FOREVER since we had anyone over to the house or went anywhere! Other than just a quick social distanced meet up with our adult kids, we’ve been homebodies!
It’s looking up though and I could be more excited about the impending parties I have been planing in my mind.
INGREDIENTS FOR CREAMY JELLO SALAD
This dish more like a fruit salad, except it is creamy with the cottage cheese and whipped cream.
- Sugar free orange flavored gelatin or jello – I used Simply Delish brand sweetened with stevia extract and erythritol. This adds flavor and acts as a stabilizer for the whipped cream.
- Mandarin oranges – one of the smallest varieties of the orange family. Subtly sweet and just the right amount of citrus to add to this orange jello salad. Be sure to drain well. In fact, I pat them with a clean towel or paper towel to blot out the moisture.
- Pineapple chunks – grab a pineapple and cut your own. This way you can dice the pineapple into what ever size you want. It’s economical too.
- Nuts– I like pecans in this salad. Walnuts are also delicious. Feel free to leave them out if you are concerned about nut allergies. I highly recommend to keep them in if this isn’t your concern. The texture it adds to the salad is perfect!
- Heavy whipping cream – we using real whipping cream, which just takes a couple of minutes to get it nice and fluffy. In a pinch, you can use ready made whipped topping. Although, I don’t believe it tastes as good as the real thing!
HOW TO MAKE THIS SALAD
Ready to put this orange jello salad together? It couldn’t be any easier! You need a hand mixer. Use the whipping whisk if it comes with the mixer. Otherwise, the two beater method works just fine.
Heck, even a regular whisk will do the job. Plus, your get in a good arm workout!
CHILL THE BEATERS AND MIXING BOWL
For best results, I like to place the beaters (or whisk) and the mixing bowl in the refrigerator or freezer to get them really cold. This helps the fat cling to itself and give us the light and fluffy texture we want.
As you are whipping the cream, slowly add the orange gelatin. At this point, you can add a couple of drops of food coloring if you want a brighter color to make the orange stand out.
Personally, for me, the less ingredients the better, so I don’t add coloring.
Once you are satisfied with how creamy the whipped cream is, then you fold in the cottage cheese, pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, and pecans.
ORANGE JELLO SALAD WITH COTTAGE CHEESE
Most people don’t realize there is cottage cheese in this recipe. It adds depth to the salad and natural protein! I prefer the small curd and use full fat, but any variety will be fine in this recipe.
However, if you would like to make this without the cottage cheese (or extra protein!), then leave it out.
You will need to adjust the whipping cream by decreasing it to one cup instead of using 1 1/2 cups as noted in the recipe card.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
The orange gelatin acts as a stabilizer for the whipped cream, which will hold its fluffy texture for days. This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. IF it lasts that long!
Since I blotted the fruit, there was no weeping from the mandarin oranges or pineapple. It scooped up just like I had just made it after several days of storing in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze jello orange salad? Yes! You can freeze this salad for up to 3 months in airtight freezable containers. If you want, divide in 1/2 – 1 cup portions for a quick individual treat. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight or enjoy as a frozen treat!
Orange Fluff Dessert
Orange fluff dessert is a quick and tasty recipe that the whole family will love. A healthy dessert choice that is low in Weight Watchers points and tastes great!
- PREP TIME10 minutes
- COOK TIME10 minutes
- TOTAL TIME20 minutes
- 3 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
- 8- ounces nonfat whipped topping
- 1 can mandarin oranges in fruit juice, 15 oz drained
- 1 can crushed pineapple in juice, 20 oz drained of excess juice
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 small box Orange Sugar Free Jello
- Place nonfat Greek yogurt and Jello in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the yogurt until light and fluffy, around 10 minutes.
- Add the nonfat whipped topping and stir to combine.
- Add the mandarin oranges and pineapple. Stir to combine.
- Fold in the mini marshmallows.
- Refrigerate mixture for at least one hour before serving.
ORANGE DELIGHT SALAD
This super easy to make luscious cool and creamy salad or dessert goes by lots of different names: WW Fluff, Orange Fluff, Orange Delight. But no matter what you call it, it’s delicious!
HOW TO MAKE SKINNY ORANGE JELLO FLUFF?
Step 1: Gather your ingredients
Step 2: In a medium bowl place the cottage cheese. Sprinkle the dry orange jello on top and stir well to combine.
Step 3: Add the rest of the ingredients and gently stir until blended.
Step 4: Cover and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours to give it time to chill and for the flavors to blend.
ADDITIONS, VARIATIONS AND RECIPE NOTES
This quick and easy recipe can be modified in so many ways:
Chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, peanuts, macadamia nuts).
Fruit cocktail, chopped canned peaches, etc.
Different Jell-o flavors:
Orange is the obvious choice, but I think any flavor could work, lemon, lime, peach, mango….
Cool Whip Substitutions:
Plain greek yogurt, vanilla yogurt, whipped cream, etc.
Cottage Cheese Substitutions:
Plain Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt.
Health Benefits Of Orange
Whole orange vs orange juice
A whole orange is more nutritious and healthy than orange juice. That’s because of the presence of fiber in it. One cup or 240 ml of pure orange juice has the same amount of natural sugar as 2 whole oranges but is less filling due to low fiber content. Fiber helps to bulk up your stool and prevents constipation. When you are trying to lose weight eating fruit is a much better option than drinking juice as fruit juice consumption can often become excessive and may lead to excess calorie consumption.
If you still want to drink juice then be careful with the quantity and take only freshly squeezed orange juice. The packaged drink that you get from the supermarket is not that healthy and contains preservatives.
Oranges are safe for consumption and only in rare cases, people may have allergies after consuming this fruit. For people suffering from heartburn, consuming this citric fruit might make things worse due to the presence of citric acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Benefits of eating oranges
High in Vitamin C
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. One orange offers 116.2 per cent of the daily value for vitamin C. Good intake of vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer as it helps to get of free radicals that cause damage to our DNA.
Healthy immune system
Vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system, is good for preventing colds and preventing recurrent ear infections.
Prevents skin damage
Anti-oxidants in oranges help protect skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging. An orange a day can help you look young even at 50!
Keeps blood pressure under check
Oranges, being rich in Vitamins B6, help support the production of haemoglobin and also help keep blood pressure under check due to the presence of magnesium.
According to a study by US and Canadian researchers, a class of compounds found in citrus fruit peels called Polymethoxylated Flavones (PMFs) have the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs without side effects.
Helps absorption of iron
Citrus fruits are very much essential for the normal functioning of our body as they help in the absorption of iron. Doctors have always recommended anemic patients to have citrus fruits. Anemia is a condition where the body lacks an adequate amount of mineral iron that is essential for it to function. Though oranges are not a good source of iron, these vitamin C loaded fruits are essential in absorption of iron.
Promotes good heart health
The nutrients present in the oranges reduce the risk of heart disease, if these fruits are consumed within the permissible limit. Heart diseases are one of the major reasons for premature death worldwide. Since oranges can regulate the blood cholesterol level, a reason behind most of the heart ailments, it is linked to good heart health.
Controls blood sugar level
Fibre in oranges help by keeping blood sugar levels under control thereby making oranges a healthy snack for people with diabetes. Moreover, oranges have simple sugars. The natural fruit sugar in oranges, fructose, can help keep blood sugar levels from rising too high after eating. Its glycemic index is 40 and normally whatever foods fall under 50 are considered to be low in sugar. However, that does not mean you go about eating too many oranges in one go. Eating too much can spike insulin and may even lead to weight gain.
Lowers the risk of cancer
Oranges contain D- limonene, a compound that is touted to prevent cancers like lung cancer, skin cancer and even breast cancer. Vitamin C and antioxidants present in oranges are both important to build body’s immunity – they help in fighting cancer. The fibrous nature of the fruit also makes it cancer protective. According to a study, up to 15 per cent of cancer cases happen because of mutations in the DNA, which can be prevented with Vitamin C.
Alkalizes the body
While the basic nature of oranges is acidic before you actually digest them, they have a lot of alkaline minerals that play a role in the process of digestion. This property of oranges is similar to that of lemons, which are without doubt among the most alkaline foods.
Good eye health
Oranges are a rich source of carotenoid. The Vitamin A present in them play an important role in keeping the mucus membranes in the eyes healthy. Vitamin A is also responsible to prevent age-related mascular degeneration, which in extreme cases can lead to blindness. It also helps eyes to absorb the light.
Safeguards against constipation
Oranges have both soluble and insoluble fibre. This helps in keeping your intestines and stomach function smooth, preventing irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, the fibre helps treat constipation to a greater extent.
Oranges like most citrus fruits, produce more juice when warmer — juice them when they are at room temperature. Rolling the orange under the palm of your hand on a flat surface will also help to extract more juice. Vitamin C gets destroyed fast when exposed to air, so eat an orange quickly once cut up.