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A creamy vanilla Snack Pack gets spiffed up for Easter in these Carrot Cake Pudding Cups! Spices, raisins, carrots, and cookie crumbs are all stirred into the mix and finished off with cream cheese frosting. These sweet little treats are a quick, easy, and delicious way to celebrate spring!
Let me just tell you that this week’s warmer weather, spring break, and the Easter holiday cannot come soon enough in my world! The month of February hit Virginia hard and it felt like one of the longest, coldest, grayest months in recent memory. I am all about the bright sunshine, the fresh ingredients, and the beautiful color that this new season brings with it, and my Carrot Cake Pudding Cups are a reflection of all of those wonderful things.
But let’s rewind to late last week, when the boys and I were snowed in for a few days thanks to (yet another) big snowstorm. After multiple days of cancelled preschool, we were all feeling cooped up, bored, and ready to bust out! I spent some time de-icing my van and shoveling the walkway (kind of) so that we could escape…and we all slid our way to Walmart, of course! I was in need of some groceries, some school supplies that Casey needed for a preschool project, and some entertainment for the kids. One-stop-shopping at its finest!
And while we were there, I grabbed a 6-pack of Creamy Vanilla SUPER Snack Packs (they’re like the regular Snack Packs, but bigger!). I found them on the Baking Aisle near the sugar, gelatin, pie filling, and marshmallows, but in select Walmart stores you can also find a special display featuring SUPER Snack Packs and mix-in ideas for Easter (there’s even a recipe tear-pad so that you can take the ideas home with you)!
The Snack Packs have new Easy Open Lids, they taste great (my boys agree!), and one Snack Pack contains the same amount of calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk (bonus!).
We headed home shortly after, since shopping trips with my crew never last long! And by the time the weekend rolled around, the sun was peeking through the gray clouds, the snow and ice were melting, and I was inspired to stir together these sweet little Easter creations.
Are you ready to get started? You just need a few ingredients and a few minutes (it’s WAY easier than actually baking a carrot cake)!
First you will want to grate your carrot (using the fine side of the grater) so that it has time to cool after you zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Next you want to toss some Nilla Wafers in a zip-top bag and grab a rolling pin (these cookies give the pudding cups that cake-like taste and texture)!
And crush those little things with the rolling pin until you have a bag full of crumbs (this is one of the boys’ favorite jobs in the kitchen!):
Then you can get together your pudding cup and the rest of your mix-ins:
Stir them right into your pudding cup and then top with an extra spoonful of cookie crumbs. You know, because they just taste SO darn good!
And for the final step…because every cake needs frosting…go ahead and put your cream cheese frosting into a zip-top bag for easy piping.
Do you know about this trick? Stand your bag inside a tall glass so that you have two hands free for scooping the frosting into the bag. So easy, right?
Then you can snip a small corner off of the bottom of the bag and pipe the frosting onto the top of your pudding cups.
Ta-da! Then it’s just time to dig in. And let me tell you, these things are YUMMY! Little Spence could not get enough. Talk about a happy introduction to spring!
If you love the idea of mixing fun ingredients into your pudding cups, check out the Snack Pack Mix-Ins page for even more creative mix-in ideas. It’s amazing what you can do with a little pudding cup!
And be sure to grab some coupons here for $0.50 off so that you can score a great deal on Snack Packs when you’re shopping at Walmart.
- 6 Creamy Vanilla Super Snack Packs
- 1 large carrot (or 2 small carrots), finely grated
- 6 tablespoons raisins
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
- Approximately 24 Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed
- 1 container cream cheese frosting
- Place grated carrot in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a few drops of water, cover, and microwave until soft (approximately 30 seconds).
- Allow carrots to cool completely.
- To Prepare Pudding Cups:
- Stir about 1 tablespoon of cooked, grated carrots, 1 tablespoon of raisins, 1 tablespoon of cookie crumbs, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg into a Super Snack Pack pudding cup.
- Top with an additional tablespoon of cookie crumbs. Pipe cream cheese frosting on top and garnish with a dash of cinnamon, if desired.
What are you stirring into your pudding cups? What flavors remind YOU of spring?
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