Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  290
  • Protein  3 g
  • Carbohydrates  45 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  194 mg
  • Potassium  75 mg
  • Phosphorus  103 mg
  • Calcium  6 mg
  • Fiber  0.7 g

Vanilla Lasagna

We don’t usually think of lasagna when we think dessert, but DaVita renal dietitian Krissy from Illinois shares a different take on dessert that satisfies everyone's sweet tooth, including those on the kidney diet. Vanilla Lasagna pairs crisp graham crackers with rich vanilla pudding for a satisfying blend of textures and flavors that makes this dessert a standout.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Krissy from Illinois.

Portions: 15     Serving size: one 3"x 2-1/2" piece


  • 1 small box sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups unenriched rice milk
  • 1 box honey graham crackers
  • 16 ounces fat-free Cool Whip® frozen dessert topping, thawed
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chip morsels


  1. Make pudding according to package directions, substituting rice milk for dairy milk.
  2. Gently cut one container of fat-free Cool Whip into pudding mixture.
  3. Layer the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan with graham crackers.
  4. Spread half of pudding/Cool Whip mixture on top of graham crackers.
  5. Put another layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding mixture.
  6. Spread the other half of pudding/Cool Whip mixture on top of graham crackers.
  7. Put last layer of graham crackers on top of pudding mixture.
  8. Use last tub of Cool Whip as icing on top of graham crackers.
  9. Sprinkle one cup mini chocolate chips over Cool Whip.
  10. Place in fridge overnight.


Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 non-dairy milk substitute
  • 1 high calorie 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • This recipe is best if prepared the night before you are going to serve it.
  • Reduce portion to 1/2 the size recommended if you have diabetes and count as 1-1/2 carbohydrate choices. 

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Vanilla Lasagna

LindaMaeWetzel says:


I thought it was very light and tasty. Next time will add fruit like Terry suggests. Would make it better yet!

May. 21, 2012, 12:33 PM - Inappropriate review?

Vanilla Lasagna

TerryM says:


I made this recipe w/both rice milk & almond milk. It set up fine for me. I put it in the fridge as soon as it was mixed up. Many of my patients in my clinic liked it, as did some of my coworkers!!! I also thought it turned out well & will make it again sometime with fresh fruit on top like strawberries & blueberries, maybe for the 4th of July.

Dec. 02, 2011, 11:56 AM - Inappropriate review?

Vanilla Lasagna

Islander says:


We tried this with regular instant pudding mix and rice dream, and had disappointing results. The pudding did not thicken-- it remained very liquid, so our "lasagne" was really soupy. Moderator's comment: Unfortunately instant pudding does not work with rice milk and some of the other milk substitutes. If you try it again stike to the pudding that requires cooking. I had a similar experience when I was developing recipes using pudding mix.

Jul. 07, 2011, 6:41 PM - Inappropriate review?

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