Pink Stuff

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on on 1/22/19. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


I can't quite express how much I love this recipe. If you've been paying attention recently, you may have noticed I've been spending quite a bit of time re-creating some of my old childhood favorites. Pink Jello Salad, which we in my family know as "Pink Stuff," is just one of those recipes.

Pink Stuff was so dubbed by my cousins. This dish was a staple on the dinner table at my Aunt Robin's house, and her kids began referring to it as Pink Stuff, and the name just stuck. So, that's what we call it here in Paganoland, but it's basically just a classic Jello Fluff Salad.

Now, back in the day, this mess was made with any red colored Jello, a can of crushed pineapple, Cool Whip, and cottage cheese, with nuts and marshmallows usually mixed into the whole shebang. It was delightful, but sweet and chock-full of chemical- and sugar-laden junk.

No more!

I have devised a way to make Pink Stuff that requires exactly zero of those nasty ingredients. And even though we are making some things from scratch, like the gelatin parts, to be perfectly honest it really doesn't make that much of a time difference, either. Instead of boiling pineapple and water then adding Jello, we are boiling fresh berries and water and adding gelatin. Instead of blending in cottage cheese, we are blending in sour cream. The only real additional step is making the keto whipped topping, but that whips up quickly in a pinch and can set up in the fridge while you're boiling and cooling the other stuff.

After it sets up in the fridge (just like the "real" thing has to do), you've got a delicious taste of home that serves as a great side to just about any main course.

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Pink Stuff

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 4 hours 30 mins
  •  Cook Time: 15 mins
  •  Total Time: 4 hours 45 mins
  •  Yield: 8 servings
  •  Cuisine: American
  •  Keywords: comfort-food, desserts, easy, jello-fluff, sides, jello-salad


  • 6 oz (170 g) fresh raspberries
  • 1 c (8 fl oz/ 237 ml) water
  • 1 tbsp. gelatin
  • 1/2 tsp raspberry extract (may be omitted or substituted with strawberry extract)
  • 2 tbsp. (approx. 1 oz/ 28 g) granulated Swerve (or granulated plain erythritol)
  • 2 tbsp. (aprox. 1 oz/ 28 g) Swerve Confectioner's (or powdered plain erythritol)
  • 1 tsp pineapple extract (may substitute lemon extract, if desired)
  • 1 c (8 fl oz/ 237 ml) sour cream
  • 1 c (approx. 8 fl oz/ 237 ml) prepared Keto Whipped Topping
  • 1 c (approx. 4 oz/ 113 g)chopped pecans


  1. Prepare the Keto Whipped Topping, if not already done, and let it set up in the fridge.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the water and raspberries over high, and boil for five minutes, or until the raspberries are mostly broken down.
  3. Remove from heat and immediately sprinkle in the gelatin while whisking vigorously to combine.
  4. Stir in raspberry extract and wait two minutes before stirring in granulated swerve to melt.
  5. Transfer to a mixing bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. If desired, you may pour the raspberry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any seeds. I don't mind the seeds in my salad, so I did not.
  6. In a separate bowl, stir pineapple extract and powdered Swerve into the sour cream.
  7. Once the raspberry mixture is room temperature, beat in the sour cream mixture until combined.
  8. Gently fold in the whipped topping and pecans, then cover and allow to chill in the fridge for 4 hours, or until set.
  9. Serve cold.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
  • Calories: 219.4 cal
  • Fat: 20.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
    • Fiber: 2.7 g
    • Sugar Alcohols: 6.7 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 3.6 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g

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