Monday, July 14, 2014

Sand Cake (Top 8 Free)

When I was a kid, I loved Dirt Cake.  Chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms, all in a flower pot!  How much better could it get?

Recently, I've seen pictures of Sand Cake floating around the internet, and I thought the kids would enjoy this treat.  I looked at various recipes online, figured out what would work for us, modified it to meet our special diet needs, and, voila, we had a delicious summer afternoon treat!


Layer vanilla pudding, crushed graham crackers, and gummy treats in a fun pail (or 9x13 dish to look like a beach) to create this dessert.  

I used 2 large boxes of Jello vanilla instant pudding (which does contain a teensy weensy bit of artificial color).  Beat in 2 to 2 1/2 cups of cold non-dairy beverage (I used rice milk) to desired consistency.  Add a 8 oz package of plain cream cheese (I used Daiya cream cheese).  Once well blended, mix in 1/2 c dairy-free butter, softened (I used Earth Balance Soy Free baking sticks).  Be sure the butter is soft, otherwise it will make your pudding chunky.  

In a food processor or blender, finely grate graham crackers (I used Crunchmaster Grammy Crisps) to a crumb consistency.  

Use gummy treats of your choosing.  I've seen some people use shells, bears, worms, etc.  I chose Surf Sweets peach and strawberry rings and Sharkies fruit snacks.  They are all made without artificial colors and are absolutely delicious!

Put this all together, and your kids will have a blast eating this fun beach treat.  Happy summer!

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