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Danish Dessert Raspberry Pie: Retro 1950s Treat (All Vegan!)

I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Slice of Danish Dessert raspberry pie

Slice of Danish Dessert raspberry pie

Danish Dessert: A Vegan Alternative to Gelatin

Did you know that gelatin is an animal product? It is created from a substance gleaned from under the skin of a pig or cow.

Sorry, did I just ruin your favorite jiggly dessert for you?

In contrast, Danish Dessert is thickened with vegan cornstarch and tapioca flours.

What Is Danish Dessert?

Danish Dessert was introduced in the United States in 1939. The texture and consistency are similar to gelatin desserts, but it is not made with any animal products. It is not as stiff as a gelatin dessert, and it cannot be molded. On the other hand, it is not as soft as pudding. It lies somewhere between the two and is very smooth. Absolutely delicious, it just bursts with a sweet to tart flavor.


It comes in strawberry and raspberry. Raspberry is the most common flavor and is by far my favorite.

Danish Dessert pie

Danish Dessert pie

You May Need to Order It Online

When I was a child, Danish Dessert was sold in nearly every supermarket and grocery store in the United States. It was common for our family to have it as dessert. Now, however, this product is hard to find.

I have found it in a few specialty grocery stores. If a store carries it, it is usually where the gelatin desserts are sold. Some Scandanavian import stores also sell it, but it's usually higher in price. I believe there is a version made in Denmark, but that is even harder to find.

I find it easiest to buy it online. I like to buy it in bulk; I order 12 at once. When my guests enjoy my Danish Dessert, I give them a package to take home.

Notes About Danish Dessert

  • Shelf life: A package of Danish Dessert has the same long shelf life as gelatin and pudding mixes. You may keep it on hand to whip something special up when needed.
  • How to serve: It can be served plain, in a dish or cup, the way you would serve pudding or gelatin desserts.
  • Yield: One package makes four 1/2 cup servings.
  • Calories: Each serving (1/2 cup) contains 140 calories.
Danish Dessert pie with fresh raspberries

Danish Dessert pie with fresh raspberries

Danish Dessert Raspberry Pie

This pie is a little on the tart side with sweet undernotes.

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It is quick and easy to make and the results are wonderful. When made with a ready-made graham cracker crust, it takes only 10 minutes.

It may be served with a dollop of non-dairy whipped topping or whipped cream.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

3 hours 50 min

4 hours

6 to 8 servings


  • 1 package raspberry Danish Dessert
  • 1 graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cups water
  • whipped topping (optional)


  1. Wash and drain the raspberries and let them dry a little.
  2. Follow the Danish Dessert package instructions for making pie glaze: Add the packaged mix to the water in a saucepan and stir constantly until it boils. Boil 1 minute while stirring constantly. (When they say "stir constantly, they really mean it; otherwise, you will have little globs.)
  3. Remove from heat and let cool a little.
  4. Arrange berries on the graham cracker crust. Pour cooled Danish Dessert over berries. Chill for 4 hours.

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

Try Strawberry Danish Dessert

You can make the same recipe with strawberries rather than raspberries.

Use this as a glaze with strawberries on top of your favorite cheesecake.

Try Danish Dessert as a pudding

Try Danish Dessert as a pudding

Make a parfait! Let the Danish Dessert cool a little first, then layer it with non-dairy creamer.

Make a parfait! Let the Danish Dessert cool a little first, then layer it with non-dairy creamer.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

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