Healthy(er) Spring Dirt Cups

Classic dirt cups from my childhood have gotten a makeover and have been revamped into Healthy(er) Spring Dirt Cups. Made with more natural ingredients, this is the best way to please both your kiddos and your health-conscious mind!

Healthy(er) Spring Dirt Cups - a childhood favorite dessert without as much of the processed stuff.

I don’t have many strong stand-out memories that revolve around specific foods from my childhood. Neither my mom or my grandma were big into baking or cooking, so that just isn’t carved so deeply into my soul. But there are a couple recipes from my childhood that were staples and do seem to stand out.

The one that inspired today’s post was actually an Easter tradition in my family. Dirt cups. You know, chocolate pudding, Oreo cookie crumbs, cool whip, and topped with gummy worms and other candy creatures. They were so delicious, and my brother and I loved making them just as much as we enjoyed eating them.

I wanted to be able to create something fun like that for my kiddo this spring, but as you all are probably aware of by now, I’m not a huge fan of foods that come from a box or pre-packaged mix. Sure, it happens sometimes, and I’m not going to act like I never go that route, but when I can avoid it, by all means, that’s what I’m going to do.

So I re-vamped my childhood dirt cups and made everything from scratch. Sure, it’s a little more prep, but honestly, it’s not that big of a deal. The pudding takes about 10 minutes to whip up, and the chocolate graham crackers didn’t take long at all, and you can use what’s left for s’mores!

The awesome thing about the pudding that I used in these festive dirt cups isn’t just that it’s homemade, but it’s made with a secret (healthy!) ingredient that your kids will never know is there. You’re going to have to head over to the pudding recipe to get the details, but let’s just say you’ll find it in the produce section, not the baking aisle!

Healthy(er) Spring Dirt Cups - a childhood favorite dessert without as much of the processed stuff. 

Healthy(er) Spring Dirt Cups
  • 3 cups of chocolate pudding (Try Homemade and Vegan)
  • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs , from about 10 graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup unsweeted coconut , shredded
  • 1 drop green food coloring , if desired
  • chocolate Easter candy , for garnishing
  1. In small glasses, layer chocolate pudding, and graham cracker crumbs until the glass is full.
  2. In a container or small plastic bag, combine the coconut with the drop of green food coloring to subtly color the coconut to resemble grass.Top colored coconut on top of the layered pudding and graham cracker crumbs.
  3. Top with chocolate candies or gummy worms

Healthy(er) Spring Dirt Cups - a childhood favorite dessert without as much of the processed stuff.


Does your family have any traditional recipes that you always make for Easter? I’d love to hear about them!


    • Holly Waterfall says

      Xander did too! (although I never did let the secret of the avocado out… he’d be so disgusted!)

  1. Tiffany Rudd says

    This recipe looks delicious and your photos are gorgeous! Can’t wait to make this for my kids!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Thanks Dorothy! The true test was when my kiddo got his hands on it, and then it promptly got all over his face as he inhaled it

  2. says

    Thank you for making these healthier! I remember having dirt cups for many holidays, including Easter. But I haven’t made them for my kids yet. Now I have no excuse! Pinned.

  3. says

    My family was never in to making these however, the place I worked loved making these and handing them out to all the employees. Classic and delicious recipe! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!


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