If I asked you what your favorite childhood treat was, what's the first one that comes to mind?
It could be something simple like Little Debbie's oatmeal cream pies or something special like your grandma's marshmallow brownies.
One of my favorite sweet treats was dirt.
And yes, it's called "dirt."
I loved the combination of crumbly Oreo crumbs with smooth chocolate pudding (I'm a huge fan of chocolate!) and, of course, the gummy worms!
But now that I'm older and sugar doesn't sit well with me, I knew I needed to recreate these classic Oreo dirt pudding cups with a healthier twist.
And guess what? These healthy dirt pudding cups are refined sugar free and high protein. Win win!
Dirt cake, also known as Oreo dirt dessert, Oreo dirt cups, or Oreo dirt pudding, is an American no bake dessert recipe traditionally made with instant pudding, cool whip, Oreo cookies with a cream cheese mixture, and gummy worms.
It can be served as one big cake or in individual cups and is usually served as a party food, especially halloween parties.
First, I want to proudly say what is NOT in this dirt pudding recipe:
Here's what IS in this chocolate dessert:
Gluten free: use your favorite gluten free chocolate graham crackers or gluten free chocolate cookies. I love Simple Mills crackers and Back to Nature chocolate sandwich cookies.
Bear bites: if you can't find the Kodiak Cakes chocolate graham crackers, use equal amounts of the original honey graham crackers with 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon stevia. You might need a splash of milk to bring it all together.
You can also use regular chocolate graham crackers, regular Oreos, or even golden Oreos! If you use any kind of Oreo, omit the cream cheese.
Milk: feel free to use any plant based milk like cashew milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. If you choose to use coconut milk, I recommend using unsweetened lite coconut milk, not full-fat coconut milk.
If you choose to use regular milk, 1% or skim milk is best, but you'll have to double the amount of milk.
More goodness: fold in extra cookie crumbs, chocolate chips, or cacao nibs to the pudding mixture,
Candy: swap out the gummy worms for gummy bears!
Whipped cream: for a healthier whipped topping, add 1-2 tablespoons sugar free vanilla pudding mix to some greek yogurt.
Step 1: make the pudding. In a large bowl, whisk together the protein powder and sugar free pudding, then pour in the almond milk as you continually whisk the dry ingredients. (If you want to ensure a super smooth pudding texture, you can use a hand mixer.)
Once the powders are well incorporated, let the pudding mixture sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the dirt.
Step 2: make the "dirt." Pulse your graham crackers in a food processor until you have a fine crumb. Add in the cream cheese and pulse again until the crumbs resemble sand (or wet dirt haha).
Step 3: layer the dirt pudding. Alternate layering the dirt crumbs with the pudding mixture until you have 3 layers of graham cracker crumbs and 2 layers of chocolate pudding. Top with gummy worms (aka the best part) and enjoy!
If you're making this delicious dessert ahead of time, prepare it in an airtight container like these small mason jars. I recommend using glass instead of plastic to keep your dessert fresh.
You can also make the dirt in advance and store in a resealable plastic bag until you're ready to put everything together.
If you're making these dirt cups for a party, just use disposable plastic cups to minimize clean up.
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I know you will LOVE these healthy dirt cups! They're made with whole grains, protein powder, and naturally sweetened gummy worms, so you get all the fun without the tummy ache.
Be sure to leave a star rating and review if you try this recipe so other readers know how you liked it!
Made with clean ingredients like sugar free chocolate pudding, protein graham crackers, and sugar free gummy worms, these Healthy Dirt Cups are the better version of the classic childhood treat. They're also easily gluten free and vegan too!
*See blog post for substitutions.
**These should be the 0.9 oz packages (the standard 4 serving size), not the big ones.
***You can also use glasses or disposable plastic cups that are transparent. Whichever you choose, it should have an 8 ounce capacity.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1 jar of dirt, including gummy worms.
Serving: 1 jar / Calories: 260 / Fat: 6.2g / Saturated fat: 1.1g / Carbohydrates: 46g / Fiber: 11g / Sugar: 6.8g / Protein: 15.2g
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