How can you satisfy dessert cravings on hot summer days? Make sugar free. Puddings make wonderful summer desserts. Preparing them in jars ahead of time makes them handy to serve. Can’t find the lids? Not a problem. Just cover the top with Glad Press’n Seal.
It is possible, however, to pack lid-less jars for a picnic with the Press’n Seal. The box indicates that this wrap is leak-proof and airtight. That will work great in a cooler.
My daughter uses clear, purple, and blue jars for drinking glasses. I used the clear ones to make pudding in a jar. She may have the lids, but I couldn’t find them. So I sealed the jars with the Press’n Seal, and it worked perfectly.
You can pack these jars with pudding, seal them with the Press’n Seal, and put them in a cooler with ice. This works for taking them on a picnic or on the road if you’re an over-the-road truck driver. The trucker will appreciate them even more with a small fridge inside the truck. It beats constantly buying bags of ice.
I like to mix milk and buttermilk in my pudding. The buttermilk makes a richer and creamier pudding. Here is the recipe I made at my daughter’s this week.
Vanilla Strawberry Shortcake Pudding in a Jar
- 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
- 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 large box sugar-free vanilla pudding
- 10-15 strawberries
- 1/2 package cream cheese
- Shortcakes (the packaged kind from the grocery store in the produce section)
- 4 shortbread cookies
- Mix pudding, milk, and buttermilk with a whisk.
- Place cream cheese in a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds on defrost.
- Be sure that cream cheese is creamy with no lumps.
- Mix cream cheese in pudding.
- Wash strawberries, and slice them lengthwise into 4-5 slices per strawberry.
- Tear shortcakes into small chunks.
- Layer jars with pudding and shortcake chunks.
- Put strawberry slices against the jars all the way around after the first layer of pudding and shortcake chunks.
- Crumble cookie for topping.
- Optional: Layer bottom of jars with crumbled shortbread cookies.
Sugar-free angel food cake is fairly easy to find at the grocery store and makes great trifle low sugar puddings. If you feel like going all out, bake your shortcake from scratch like Dorie Greenspan’s Tender Shortcakes.
Easy Shortcake Pudding in a Jar is a quick recipe for busy moms to serve as dessert. You can substitute a trifle bowl or wine glasses if you don’t have jars. Or have fun with other different ideas of serving the pudding. Either way you come up with, your family and guests are sure to enjoy this light delicious dessert.
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