This refreshing lime mousse tastes a little like whipped key lime pie, but has a secret ingredient you’d never guess…. PEARS! A sneaky way to get fruit into a meal. I promise that you can’t taste them… I hate pears and absolutely love this mousse!
This is a family recipe, and we *always* had it at Christmas- just cut into squares. I was craving it, and because it is almost March, I cut some into squares and used a cookie cutter to make some into shamrocks 🙂 Either way you serve it, this is a REALLY yummy treat in any season!
Want the recipe? Here it is (printable version):
- One box (3 oz) Lime Jello
- One box (3 oz) Lemon Jello
- Two (15 oz) cans of pears
- One (8 oz) block of Philadelphia cream cheese (softened)
- 1 (8 oz) tub of Cool Whip (thawed in fridge)
DIRECTIONS: (make ahead one day, to allow it to fully set)
- Drain pear juice from pears into a measuring cup (add water to bring the total to 2 cups)
- Bring 2 cups pear juice to a boil on the stove.
- Place both Jello packets into a large bowl and add boiling pear juice, stirring until completely dissolved.
- Allow Jello mixture to cool to room temp (place in freezer to speed this up)
- While Jello cools, cut pears up into small chunks and cream cheese into squares.
- Add pears and cream cheese to a blender. Pour in cooled (but NOT set!) Jello mixture.
- Blend until very, very smooth. You should not have a gritty texture from the pears- keep blending.
- Add thawed Cool whip, and Jello/pear mixture, together in a large bowl. Beat until smooth.
- Pour into a 9×13 dish and refrigerate until it sets (overnight is best).
- To serve, cut into squares. Or shamrocks- just know you will have more waste with the shamrocks, although I just put the extra in a bowl with a spoon and we were all good 🙂
- Enjoy! Keeps well in the fridge for several days.
My thoughts: Well, I love this recipe, and I make it quite often during all times of the year. It is a quick and easy *kinda* healthy treat (PEARS! There are PEARS!). I really do hope you get a chance to make this, and that you love it as much as we do! ~r
Want to try some other fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Just click on the photo to see the recipe! 🙂