Vegan Pistachio Fluff Recipe

Vegan Pistachio Fluff Recipe

In place of traditional instant pudding mix and whipped topping, we opt for vegan-certified options that provide the same creamy texture and pistachio flavor without relying on dairy products. Brands like CocoWhip offer dairy-free whipped topping alternatives that whip up beautifully and provide the perfect base for our fluff.

Once the vegan pudding mix and whipped topping are combined in a large mixing bowl, we fold in the crushed pineapple, ensuring it’s packed in its own juice to maintain its natural sweetness without added sugars. This adds a burst of tropical flavor and moisture to the fluff while keeping it vegan-friendly.

Next, we incorporate vegan fruit-flavored mini marshmallows, which can be found at specialty stores or online retailers. These marshmallows provide the classic chewy texture and sweetness that make Pistachio Fluff so irresistible, without the use of gelatin or other animal-derived ingredients.

For added depth of flavor and texture, we include halved maraschino cherries and mandarin oranges, along with optional chopped pecans or almonds for crunch. Each ingredient is carefully folded into the mixture, ensuring they’re evenly distributed for a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.

After allowing the vegan Pistachio Fluff to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld, it’s ready to be served as a delightful dessert or side dish. Garnishing with additional nuts or shredded coconut adds visual appeal and extra crunch, elevating the dish to a new level of indulgence.

Whether enjoyed as a nostalgic treat at holiday gatherings or a refreshing dessert on a warm summer day, this vegan Pistachio Fluff offers all the deliciousness of the classic recipe in a compassionate and plant-based form. Each spoonful is a testament to the versatility and creativity of vegan cooking, proving that dairy-free and cruelty-free options can be just as satisfying and delicious.


  • 2 small boxes vegan pistachio instant pudding mix (check for gelatin-free options)
  • 1 8 oz container vegan whipped topping (such as CocoWhip or other dairy-free alternatives)
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple in its own juice (not drained)
  • 2 cups vegan fruit-flavored mini marshmallows (look for gelatin-free and vegan-certified brands)
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, halved (ensure they are vegan-friendly and free from any animal-derived ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional, omit if desired)


  1. Select Vegan Ingredients: Begin by ensuring all ingredients are vegan-friendly. Look for pistachio instant pudding mix, whipped topping, marshmallows, cherries, and any optional ingredients that are certified vegan and free from animal-derived ingredients.
  2. Mix Pudding and Whipped Topping: In a large mixing bowl, combine the vegan pistachio instant pudding mix with the vegan whipped topping. Gently fold the two together until well combined and smooth.
  3. Incorporate Pineapple: Once the pudding mix and whipped topping are thoroughly combined, gently fold in the crushed pineapple. Ensure the pineapple is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  4. Add Remaining Ingredients: Next, fold in the vegan fruit-flavored mini marshmallows, halved maraschino cherries, and halved mandarin oranges. If using, also fold in the chopped pecans or almonds for added texture and flavor.
  5. Chill and Serve: Transfer the vegan pistachio fluff mixture to a serving bowl or individual dessert cups. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the mixture to chill.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Optionally garnish the vegan pistachio fluff with additional chopped nuts or a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut for added texture and visual appeal.
  7. Enjoy: Serve the chilled vegan pistachio fluff as a delightful dessert or side dish. Each spoonful offers a burst of pistachio flavor, complemented by the sweetness of the fruit and the creamy texture of the whipped topping, all while remaining vegan-friendly and perfect for those following a plant-based lifestyle.