Sex in a Pan… the healthy version

Sex in a Pan
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

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  • Fiber

  • Protein

  • WW Points Plus

    7 points

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sex in a Pan… the recipe and it’s healthy too… kinda. Before you start thinking my mind is in the gutter; No, it wasn’t me who came up with the name. The Sex in a Pan recipe has been a popular dessert since about the 1970’s. Since then, it’s been called many things like Six Layer Dessert, Chocolate Yummy, Better than Sex Dessert, Better than Robert Redford, and many more. But one thing is sure, is a dessert sent straight down from heaven.

I first came across this delicious recipe on the mouth-watering website, Chocolate-Covered Katie. Obviously, the name of this scandalous dessert intrigued me. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought this would make a perfect recipe to surprise my special someone. This version is a slightly modified one from the original (which calls for a butter-shortbread crust, chocolate and vanilla pudding, cool whip, heavy cream, etc.). It’s also much easier to make with no baking required.

Sex in the Pan Dessert Recipe

You’ll be the new hit at your next party when you bring the Sex in a Pan dessert to the mix. The only problem, you just have to be brave enough to tell people what it’s called when they ask.


  • 1/2 Cup Almonds/Pecans (70g)
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Quick Oats (or Substitute Shredded Coconut)
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins (80g)
  • 8oz Cream Cheese-style Spread (such as Tofutti)
  • 1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar or Sugar-free Powdered Sugar (33g)
  • 2/3 Cup Coconut Cream (just the cream, not any water that might be in the can) (160g)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Pudding (360g) (any thick kind will work)


Step 1

Line a 8-in square pan with parchment or wax paper.

Step 2

In a food processor, combine first four ingredients, then press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Step 3

Cream the next three ingredients together until smooth, then spread over the crust.

Step 4

Spread the chocolate pudding on top. If desired, you can top with another cream layer and shaved chocolate. Best to refrigerate at least 5 hours—uncovered—so the dessert firms up.

Please note: Much of the fat in this recipe is healthy fat from the nuts and coconut. Nutrition information above was calculated via, based on 8 servings and gram measurements, and it is meant as a general guideline.

Substitution Notes

For the crust: If you want a nut-free crust, you can substitute pretty much any shortbread or graham-cracker crust (either baked or no-bake) that is meant for an 8-in pan.

For the coconut cream: If you can’t find coconut cream (located at Trader Joe’s and Asian markets), you can scoop just the cream layer off of a regular can of coconut milk (see directions here). For a coconut-free version, you can substitute 2/3 cup more of the “cream cheese” spread. Or you can substitute cashew cream, or even a thick whipped topping like Mimicreme.

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