All about that fluff
I love me some no-bake fluff salads. They are light, refreshing and quick to make. I’ve shared a number of them here on the blog over the last few years: Southern Ambrosia, Cherry Pie Fluff, Pistachio Fluff, Weight Watchers Orange Fluff and Pineapple Fluff. They all pretty much start with COOL WHIP and then additional ingredients are added to make them a little different.
Orange Creamsicle Fruit Salad
Now, the one question I always get is: “Can I use something else other than COOL WHIP?” My answer to that is: “If you must, you can make your own whipped cream.” I am honestly not the best person to ask those questions. Because if I have shared a recipe that calls for COOL WHIP, then chances are, I have only made it with COOL WHIP and can’t really help out with any other way to make it.
Plus, unlike a lot of food haters/shamers out there, I like frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP). You know those people I am talking about. We see them all over social media: “I would never use COOL WHIP – I only make everything homemade!” or “Ewwww, cream of chicken soup? I would never feed that to my family.” They are so very judgy, right? Hey, I like cream of chicken soup and I use it in lots of dishes.
Oh, I like chain restaurants too: like Olive Garden, Fazoli’s, Taco Bell, etc. I do not have gourmet tastes, y’all. I’m a simple gal and these recipes I share are simple. So if you are looking for something more high brow, you ain’t gonna find it here. So having said that, let’s get to this COOL WHIP-laden recipe, shall we? 😉
1 (3 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk (2% or higher)
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP), thawed
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained very well
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained very well
2 ripe bananas, sliced
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine pudding mix, milk and orange juice concentrate. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Stir in the whipped topping. Gently mix in the fruit.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours until ready to serve.
- 1 3 oz box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup milk 2% or higher
- 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 8 oz container frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP) thawed
- 1 20 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained very well
- 1 11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained very well
- 2 ripe bananas sliced
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine pudding mix, milk and orange juice concentrate. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Stir in the whipped topping. Gently mix in the fruit.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours until ready to serve.