pumpkin fluff recipe

Maybe teaching my kids that humans have two stomachs, one for real food and one for desserts, was a bad idea. I don’t know about you, but it seems that when I can’t eat another bite, I can somehow open my dessert stomach, and all is right with the world… until I am so full that I can’t move.

Holiday dinners are some of my absolute favorite meals of the year. Turkey, dressing, sweet potato souffle… my mouth is watering just thinking about them. The desserts are equally as delicious, but I know that I will be miserable after I eat it all. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want my aunt to bring her Mississippi Mud, or the rest of my family to not bring their tasty pies and treats.

Sometimes, I can’t eat desserts right after dinner. I have decided that this year for the holidays, I am going to make a lighter dessert for anyone who is too stuffed for the real thing. Don’t get me wrong; it is not supposed to replace desserts, but rather to suffice until your second stomach is ready for them.

One light dessert that is perfect for the holidays is pumpkin fluff. Maybe I am the only one in the world who, until recently, had never tried this yummy goodness, but I can’t wait to share it with my family this holiday season. I had been making a similar version for years, but the variations are never-ending.

Pumpkin Fluff

1-16 oz tub of Cool Whip

1 large package of instant vanilla Jell-O Pudding Mix

1 can of Libby’s Pure Pumpkin

1 box of cinnamon graham crackers

Fold together the Cool Whip, pudding mix, and pumpkin. Serve with the graham crackers. Yes, it is just that easy!


Keep your Cool Whip and Jell-O Pudding Mix as your base ingredients. 

  • Fruit Cocktail Fluff– My Great Aunt Louise always mixed the base ingredients with a can of fruit cocktail (this is my all-time favorite)!
  • Peach Fluff– Mix base ingredients with a can of peach pie filling.
  • Cookies and Cream Fluff– Mix the base ingredients with a box of crushed Oreo cookies.
  • Substituting pistachio pudding for the vanilla and adding pineapple and walnuts gets you Waldorf Salad.

Really, you can make just about any variation that you ever dreamed of with this fluff recipe. I think it is an excellent addition to any meal as a dessert that is on the lighter side, and, hey, it’s easier than pie!

Whether you choose to add this light, fluffy dessert as an intermediary until you get your second stomach ready, or choose only to eat desserts on the lighter side, I hope you enjoy such a splendid concoction this holiday season and all throughout the year!

Watch as Lucy with Red, White, and Lu demonstrates the ease of this recipe!

Do you have a favorite version of fluff, or would you like to try one? We would love to hear from you! Please drop us a line in the comment section below.

Interested in more tasty desserts? Check out our delicious Sopapilla Cheesecake and our Gourmet Brownies in a Box!

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