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I stumbled across “Sex in a Pan dessert” during a random Google search for dessert ideas over the holidays. When I first saw this was actually a thing, I thought the name was a joke that some tongue-in-cheek blogger must have come up with. Apparently it’s been around for years, under many different names. Either way, I was intrigued by all the layers. I set out to find how to make a low carb sex in a pan – the
healthy healthier way.
Traditionally, sex in a pan dessert contains six layers – pecan shortbread crust, cream cheese, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and shaved chocolate. The version that I found on Food.com was made with sugar, wheat flour, and instant pudding. For me, these would be no, no, and definitely not. I knew there was a way to make it better and low carb – without sacrificing the sinfully delicious taste and texture.
My take on sex in a pan dessert isn’t exactly healthy, but at least it is gluten-free, sugar-free, and made without questionable ingredients. Best of all, none of my extended family could tell the difference when I served it. Yay! (Yes, I served a dessert called “sex in a pan” for family. I’ll get to how that went in a minute.)
I still wanted to keep the recipe under ten ingredients total, which was a challenge for a six layer dessert. Fortunately, many of the ingredients get repeated among the different layers, so it worked out.
I skipped the vanilla pudding layer, because patience isn’t my strong suit. Waiting for each layer to set already took long enough with five layers! It’s totally worth it though, I promise. Anyway, the other layers are so decadent that I don’t think you’ll miss the one I omitted. If you really like vanilla pudding, feel free to add a layer of your favorite kind before the chocolate pudding layer.
Despite the conflict between the name and the fact that I had family coming for New Year’s, I made this sex in a pan dessert for the celebration. I wanted something that looked cool, tasted extra rich, and it had to be something I wouldn’t make every day. Fortunately, even with multiple steps, it turned out to be a lot easier than it looks!
I’ll admit, I couldn’t bring myself to tell my family what this thing was called. And they did all ask, because it doesn’t look like any other dessert people have seen before. I just said it’s “chocolate layer dessert”. Feel free to do the same if you’re in the same boat!
The only slight challenge with a treat like this? Apparently, a creamy six layer dessert (or five layer dessert) can be tricky to remove from the pan. The first piece definitely won’t look pretty, so be prepared for that. After that one piece, make sure you’re cutting all the way through the crust layer and use a thin, sturdy spatula to remove each piece from the pan. Just remember, it will still taste delicious even if you mess up on the serving process.
You may be wondering why I’m sharing this sex in a pan dessert recipe now, toward the end of January. Isn’t this month supposed to be all about healthy eating for many people? Well, yes. But like I said, this low carb version is definitely healthier than traditional sex in a pan.
The other reason is, Valentine’s Day is coming up! What better time than that to make this sugar-free sex in a pan dessert? It’s special, it’s chocolate, and you won’t have to come up with an alternate name like I did.
Sex in a Pan Dessert (Sugar-free, Low Carb, Gluten-free):
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