Creamy Gelatin Squares – Sugar Free Postop Treat

Steph Wagner

September 11, 2015

Creamy Gelatin Squares – Sugar Free Postop Treat


Bariatric Treats - Sugar Free Layered Gelatin Square

I’ve always been a fan of sugar-free gelatin. I usually buy the cups (because I don’t always take the time to make my own even though it’s a huge cost saver!) and eat it alone, with whipped topping or with cottage cheese (so sue me).

Sugar-free gelatin is a life saver for bariatric patients. Sure, you grow very tired of it after a liquid diet, but it serves it’s purpose during that time of much needed texture; and there will be a day when it sounds good again.

I love this spin on sugar-free gelatin for a delicious dessert treat without any actual cheating! You can use any flavor you’d like – lemon, strawberry, lime and so on.

Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass Patients – remember sugar-free gelatin should be treated like a liquid. That means don’t eat it with your meal and wait 60 minutes after your meal to have it. This will allow the protein and veggies of your meal to stay with you longer and keep your hunger away (translation…better weight-loss).


Bariatric Treats - Sugar Free Layered Gelatin Square

Creamy Gelatin Squares - Sugar Free Postop Treat

Servings: 8
Calories: 30kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package (0.60 oz) Sugar Free Gelatin (flavor of choice)
  • ice cubes see instructions for quantity
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups thawed light whipped topping


  • Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Add enough ice to cold water to measure 1-1/2 cups.
  • Add ice and water to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted.
  • Remove 1-1/2 cups gelatin; set aside on counter. Refrigerate remaining gelatin 30 min. or until slightly thickened.
  • Add 3/4 cup whipped topping to chilled thickened gelatin; whisk until well blended.
  • Pour into 8-inch square dish. Refrigerate 30 min. or until gelatin mixture is set but not firm. Carefully pour reserved gelatin over creamy gelatin layer in dish.
  • Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; top with remaining whipped topping.


Serving: 1square | Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Gelatin Squares - Sugar Free Postop Treat
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 30 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 thoughts on “Creamy Gelatin Squares – Sugar Free Postop Treat”

  1. Steph,

    My surgical team dietician has told me that nutra
    Sweet is a “no-no”. She stated that our bodies react to it as sugar. Sadly this eliminated the use of sugar
    Free jello and pudding mixes which are in many recipes.
    What are your thoughts on nutra sweet?

  2. @ddlynam I think it’s a complex question for most so I leave it to a personal decision. I’m okay with sugar free gelatin on occasion if it helps someone stay on the path to best food choices. My thought is this recipe would be more favorable to a high sugar dessert that would contain lots of fat and calories. Here is an article from the American Cancer Society regarding aspartame (nutra sweet)

  3. I have a different question. I had gastric sleeve done several years ago. I did fine for a while but then was talked into trying things I knew I should not. One thing led to another and I am so far off the plan and don’t know how to get back. I had gone down to 199 but now am back to 224. I want to get this weight off plus more. How do I get back.

  4. Hi Jean! The number on reason why people visit and join my website is to get back to basics and lose regain so you’re in the right place. I have a video course called “Back on Track” that walks through how to find motivation, stay accountability, take care of your basic needs, set a plan and trashing the triggers. You can view the whole video course here ( Members also connect with each other in a closed group and encourage on another on getting back on track. Along with other video courses, members also have access to emailing me at anytime and can connect with me on their Baritastic app for full food journal reviews. Feel free to email me for any additional questions!

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