Healthy and Frugal Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert Recipe

Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert

Healthy and Frugal Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert Recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 8


Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert
Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert

This Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert is a delightful and sweet treat that is perfect for any occasion. The combination of graham crackers, marshmallows, and fruit creates a delicious and satisfying dessert that is sure to please everyone.


The origins of this recipe are unclear, but it has been a popular dessert for many years. The combination of graham crackers, marshmallows, and fruit is a classic one that has been enjoyed by many generations.


How to prepare

  1. Mix graham crackers and butter.
  2. Put all but 1 cup of crumbs into a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  3. Melt marshmallows with milk. Allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Whip the 0.5 pt (237 ml) of cream and add it to the cooled marshmallow mixture.
  5. Spread half of the mixture on top of the crumbs.
  6. Spread 1 can of pie mix on top, then add the remaining marshmallow mixture.
  7. Sprinkle the 1 cup of crumbs over the top of the dessert.
  8. Refrigerate the dessert.
  9. Enjoy the delicious treat.


  • Try using different flavors of pie filling, such as cherry or blueberry, for a different twist on this dessert.
  • Add chopped nuts or coconut to the graham cracker crust for added texture and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to crush the graham crackers finely for a smooth and even texture in the dessert.

- Be sure to allow the marshmallow mixture to cool before adding the whipped cream to ensure a light and fluffy texture.

- Refrigerate the dessert for at least a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

Serving Suggestions

This dessert is best served chilled and can be topped with additional whipped cream or fresh fruit for added flavor.

Cooking Techniques

Be sure to whip the cream until stiff peaks form for a light and fluffy texture in the marshmallow mixture.

- Allow the dessert to set in the refrigerator for at least a few hours before serving for the best results.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use a different type of cookie or cracker for the crust if you prefer.

- You can use a different type of fruit pie filling for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

This dessert can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve this dessert in individual parfait glasses for a beautiful and elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This dessert pairs well with a cup of coffee or tea for a sweet and satisfying end to a meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers of this dessert in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It is best served chilled and does not need to be reheated.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of this dessert contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of this Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of this dessert contains approximately 15 grams of fat.


Each serving of this dessert contains approximately 3 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

This dessert is a good source of vitamin C from the fruit.


This dessert contains dairy and gluten from the graham crackers. It may not be suitable for those with dairy or gluten allergies.


This Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert is a delicious and indulgent treat that is best enjoyed in moderation due to its high sugar and fat content.


This Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert is a delicious and indulgent treat that is perfect for any occasion. With its sweet and creamy flavors, it is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a happy memory that I hold dear to my heart. It all started many years ago when I was just a young girl, still learning the ins and outs of cooking and baking from my own grandmother. She was a wonderful cook, always creating delicious dishes that filled our home with warmth and love.

One summer afternoon, while visiting my grandmother in her cozy kitchen, she pulled out a worn recipe card from her recipe box and handed it to me with a smile. "This, my dear, is a recipe for Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert," she said. "It's a family favorite that has been passed down for generations. I think you'll enjoy making it."

I eagerly studied the recipe card, taking in the simple ingredients and step-by-step instructions. It seemed like the perfect dessert to bring to a family gathering or potluck, with its colorful array of fruits and fluffy marshmallows. I couldn't wait to give it a try.

With my grandmother guiding me every step of the way, I gathered the necessary ingredients and got to work in the kitchen. I carefully chopped up an assortment of fresh fruits – strawberries, oranges, grapes, and pineapple – and mixed them together in a large bowl. The vibrant colors and sweet aromas filled the air, making my mouth water in anticipation.

Next, I whipped up a creamy dressing made with sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. I poured the dressing over the fruit mixture, gently folding it in until everything was evenly coated. The tangy sweetness of the dressing complemented the natural sweetness of the fruits perfectly, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

But the pièce de résistance of this dessert was the marshmallows. I sprinkled a generous amount of fluffy white marshmallows over the fruit salad, their soft texture adding a delightful contrast to the crisp fruits. As I carefully folded them in, I couldn't help but marvel at how such a simple ingredient could elevate the dish to a whole new level.

When everything was ready, I scooped the Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert into a large glass serving bowl, creating a beautiful mosaic of colors and textures. The tantalizing aroma of fresh fruits and creamy dressing wafted through the kitchen, drawing in my family members who had been eagerly waiting to sample my creation.

As we sat down to enjoy our meal, I proudly served up generous portions of the Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert to everyone at the table. The first bite was met with a chorus of delighted murmurs and nods of approval. The combination of sweet fruits, creamy dressing, and fluffy marshmallows was a hit with everyone, including my grandmother whose smile of approval warmed my heart.

From that day on, the Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert became a regular fixture at our family gatherings and dinners. I made it for special occasions and potlucks, always receiving compliments and requests for the recipe. It became my signature dish, a symbol of my growing passion for cooking and baking that had been nurtured by my grandmother's guidance and wisdom.

As the years passed, I continued to make the Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert, each time adding my own little twists and variations to make it my own. But no matter how I tweaked the recipe, the essence of my grandmother's original creation remained – a delicious blend of fruits, marshmallows, and love that never failed to bring smiles to the faces of those who tasted it.

Now, as I pass this recipe on to my own grandchildren, I hope that they too will find joy and inspiration in creating their own memories in the kitchen. For cooking is not just about following recipes, but about sharing love, laughter, and delicious food with the ones we hold dear. And the Fruit and Marshmallow Dessert will always hold a special place in my heart as a reminder of the happy memories and cherished moments spent cooking with my grandmother.


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