Banana Trifle

(Disclaimer: I’m revising/rewriting, therefore I think of pretty much nothing but the words on my pages and the next snack I’m going to shovel down my throat. Hence, this post.)

I fancy myself a relatively healthy eater, but–frankly–I’m a bit of a glutton when it comes to desserts. I can eat my weight in ice cream and I know no limits when it comes to rich, fudge-y chocolate cake. Unfortunately, those yummies aren’t exactly figure friendly, so I’m constantly hunting for and experimenting with low-calorie and/or low-sugar treats that I can consume guilt-free and without abandon.

I’ve had a taste for bananas lately (perhaps because of the Banana Nut Bread candle I’ve been burning twenty-four-seven), and the other day I had a very specific craving for banana pudding. I decided to make a trifle because they’re pretty and layered and full of scrumptiousness. I consulted Pinterest, my go-to place for all things delish, but I had a hard time finding a recipe that was both healthy and easy. So, I decided to create my own.

And, because it was just so darn yummy, I  wanted to share it with all of you!

***Banana Trifle***

Here’s what you’ll need for the nine (easy) layers:

  • LAYERS ONE AND FIVE – Angel food cake, cut into bite-size pieces (I bought a large cake from the Safeway bakery, but you can certainly bake your own).
  • LAYERS TWO AND SIX – Whip together 8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (softened), one tub Fat-Free Cool Whip (thawed), 1/2 cup sugar or your favorite sugar substitute (I used Stevia).
  • LAYERS THREE AND SEVEN – Three or four bananas, thinly sliced.
  • LAYERS FOUR AND EIGHT – Whip together 3 cups cold non-fat milk, one large box of instant vanilla pudding, and one large box of instant banana cream pudding (I used the Jell-O Sugar-Free, Fat-Free option and my standing mixer).
  • LAYER NINE – One tub Fat-Free Cool Whip.

To assemble, layer in a large, clear bowl:
  1. Half of the diced angel food cake.
  2. Half of the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Banana slices.
  4. Half the vanilla/banana pudding mixture.
  5. Remaining angel food cake.
  6. Remaining cream cheese mixture.
  7. Banana slices.
  8. Remaining pudding mixture.
  9. Tub of thawed, Fat-Free Cool Whip (surrounded by a pretty ring of bananas).

A few notes:

  • My husband called me a “trifling ho” no less than three times while I assembled this delectable creation. (Hardee har har.)
  • I had the almost irresistible urge to drizzle both layers of angel food cake with banana rum, but since I knew I’d be sharing this dessert with my girlie, I thought better of it. Might try that one of these days though. 🙂
  • While surfing Pinterest for trifle recipes, I happened upon this one, which calls for Nutter Butters in place of angel food cake. Yum.
  • Feel free to experiment. I’ve seen versions of this recipe that included, among other things, chocolate ganache, Nilla Wafers, and strawberries. If you try a variation, please do let me know how it turns out!
  • EDIT – In an wonderful occurrence of serendipity, my friend Jaime blogged about trifles today too, but in reference to the Friends episode where Rachel majorly botches her recipe. “It’s a trifle. It’s got all of these layers. First there’s a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sautéed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top!” Oh, how I ♥ Friends.

Tell me: If calories and clogged arteries weren’t an issue, what dessert would you eat indefinitely? (Remember the rich and fudge-y chocolate cake I mentioned above? That. With ice cream. And raspberry sauce.)

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12 responses to “Banana Trifle

  1. This looks delicious and like I could eat it without loads of guilt!
    I would eat ice cream 24/7 if I could. Although I did actually have a dream in which I ate a huge piece of chocolate cake last night. (I did not want to wake up and smell the muesli.)

  2. Sounds tasty, Katy. I left a link to your recipe on my blog today because earlier in the post I mentioned the trifle episode on Friends (the one that Rachel makes with beef, peas, and onions). I figured I might as well steer people towards an appetizing version of the dessert 🙂

  3. Yum yum yum! 😀 And Jaime´s reference to Friends is quite funny as I thought about the episode too…lol
    Thanks for sharing! (hubby would be so happy if I make this soon…)

  4. Oh, that looks good. I’d pick cheesecake to eat indefinitely or maybe ice cream with lots of toppings. I’m getting hungry, now. Have to go…

  5. a) “trifling ho?” Awesome. Give the hubs a high five from me.

    b) I’m relocating to the west coast and finding a cozy little place down the street from you so I can come sample all your goodies. YUM

  6. My dear, when do you find the time to whip trifles together? Oh, but what a trifling ho you are. Hehe.

    This looks delicious. I’m always up for a low fat treat. And since sugar is no longer my friend, but sweet is still my tooth, this is perfect for me.