I grew up eating this amazing recipe that my mom made called “Dirt Cake”. Maybe you have heard of it before. The creamy goodness of a pudding mixture layered with crushed Oreos. Yum! My mom made the coolest dirt cake because she served it from a legit plastic, flower pot. Plus, she added gummy worms for effect!! Yummy and creative, right?!
The man I married fell in love with this dessert almost as much as he fell in love with me. LOL Every holiday we have, he expects dirt cake! Lucky for him and you (well, for everyone!) I have cleaned up the dirt cake recipe!!! Yes, it still a sugar filled dessert; but, remember here at SLB we are all about balance! I am not going to deprive my husband of his favorite dessert because I want to eat as clean as we can. I do though want to at least do the best I can do by improving upon what he likes… without losing any of the yumminess!!
So, with my mother’s permission I share with you the original recipe:
Cleaner Dirt Cake
1 16 oz. carton of Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
1 pack of Oreos or gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies (broken into pieces, 1/4ths)
1 8 oz. Organic Cream Cheese
3-5 tablespoons of Organic Milk
1.Soften cream cheese and mix until smooth.
2.Add in the whole carton of Heavy Whipping Cream on high speed until fully thickened; about 2 to 3 minutes.
3.While the mixer is doing its thing, layer a covered dish (I use an 8x6x2 inch glass dish) with a layer of broken Oreos (about one and 1/2 of a row). You will place the majority of the Oreos on the bottom for a good base layer. Cover the bottom of the bowl as much as you can.
4.Add the packet of Jello Simply Good Vanilla Bean pudding mix to the cream once you have achieved cool whip like consistency.
5.Add the milk to the mixture. Start with 3 tablespoons and increase by tablespoons as you mix. I suggest this because my husband likes his cream thick. Be sure to taste as you mix!!!!!
6.Layer 1/2 of the mixture on top of the first Oreo layer you made. Then add a layer of broken Oreos, the rest of the pudding mixture and then top with remaining broken Oreos.
7.Cover and refrigerate.
You can eat it right away. My husband likes it better after it has chilled overnight. The dessert usually last 2-3 days in the refrigerator but it usually gets eaten all before then. We only purchase Oreos when making this recipe (about 4 times a year). Usually, an entire pack of cookies does not make it into the recipe. Oh, well! LOL
Cleaning up this recipe has taken time because we do not make it that often. I started with omitting the powder sugar and butter altogether. Then I learned I can easily make whipped cream from heavy whipping cream, which I can by as an organic product. Before Jello came out with the Simply Good line, I still used a box of vanilla pudding mix. So, it took time and honestly, I am sure it could be cleaned up even more.
Life is all about balance!
Dirt cake is easy and affordable to whip up. Even if you do not use organic products (which is ok!), my version is still cleaner than the original. No, I do not suggest eating dirt cake every day or even every month (although my husband may disagree). Let me know if you try this dirt cake recipe and your thoughts about it. How have you cleaned up any recipes?