This brownie trifle is a delicious treat. It is composed of layers of decadent chocolate brownies, handcrafted whipped cream, and blended chocolate chia mousse. It's ideal for any party, celebration, or get-together and is unquestionably a crowd-pleaser. I adore trifle recipes because they are quick, flexible, and easy to prepare.
What Is A Trifle?
The origin of trifle dates back to the late 1500s when the term "trifle" was first used in various sweet recipes. Over time, this dessert has become a popular traditional English delicacy consisting of layers of freshly cut fruits, sponge cake soaked in sherry, and egg custard. The process of making a trifle involves layering these ingredients in a clear glass bowl, creating a stunning visual display of colors and textures.
Some people may compare a trifle to a parfait, but the unique combination of flavors and textures make it a unique dessert option for any occasion. Its versatility and ability to serve a large number of people make it an ideal dessert to serve during the holidays or any gathering.
What Are The Layers In This Trifle?
As a fan of trifle, I am always intrigued by the new variations of trifle layers. Instead of the traditional sponge cake or fresh fruit, nowadays, there are endless possibilities such as cheesecake, chocolate cake, brownies, carrot cake, crushed cookies, caramel sauce, or cream cheese. Today, I am excited to share my own version of a brownie trifle that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly.
- For the brownie layer, I use a Simple Mills brownie mix and cut them up into 1-inch cubes. This is a quick and easy way to prepare the brownie layer without having to gather separate ingredients.
- The best part is that there are same ingredients that I use in my baking, which makes it an excellent choice for my recipe.
- For the next layer, I use my original chocolate chia pudding recipe, but blended it into a smooth and creamy chocolate chia mousse. The velvety texture of the mousse is perfect for a trifle layer.
- Lastly, I top the trifle with my famous homemade coconut whipped cream.
- I have used this whipped cream recipe in many of my recipes, and it works wonders in creating a middle layer in the trifle and also as a heavy garnish on top.
With so many variations of trifle available, this brownie trifle is definitely a must-try for those who are looking for a rich and decadent dessert. It's perfect for feeding a large crowd, especially during the holidays.
How To Make This Brownie Trifle
I can understand how it may seem like a daunting task to those who have never attempted it before. But let me assure you, it’s a lot simpler than it appears. By prepping the layers in advance, you can easily assemble the trifle in just 10 minutes on the day of your event or party.
To begin, make sure to create your layers a day ahead of time. This means whipping up the chocolate chia mousse, coconut whipped cream, and baking two pans of brownies.
After they are done, refrigerate them overnight. Keeping the ingredients chilled will make it easier to layer them without them blending together.
Now that you have all your pre-made ingredients ready to go, here’s how to layer the trifle the following day:
- Start by layering the brownie squares tightly at the bottom of the serving bowl to ensure a sturdy base for the wet ingredients.
- Add a layer of the chocolate chia pudding mousse.
- Follow up with a layer of coconut whipped cream.
- Repeat the layers with the brownies and chocolate chia mousse.
- Dollop the remaining coconut whipped cream on top.
- Finish with a garnish of fresh dark chocolate shavings.
Although you can make your layers ahead of time, you can also assemble the entire trifle a day before your event. Just cover the bowl before adding the final dollop of coconut whipped cream and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve, add the whipped cream, sprinkle with chocolate shavings, and voila! You have got a beautiful and delicious brownie trifle ready to impress your guests.
A trifle is a traditional English dessert that has evolved over time and can now be made with various types of cake, fruit, and other sweet ingredients. Today, we explored a delicious and decadent brownie trifle recipe that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo-friendly, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions. While it may seem intimidating to assemble, prepping the layers ahead of time and following a simple layering process can make it easy to create an impressive and delicious dessert for any event or party.
- 2 simple mills brownie mix
- 1 cup coconut oil, butter or ghee, melted
- 6 tablespoons tablespoons water
- 4 eggs
CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING MOUSSE
- 3 cup milk, any milk, including dairy-milk, cashew milk, almond milk or coconut milk will work
- ¾ cup chia seeds
- 6 teaspoon cacao powder
- 6 teaspoon maple syrup
- 3 teaspoon vanilla extract
COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
- 4 13.5 ounce cans full-fat coconut milk , chilled 24-48 hours
- 4 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or other sweetener
- 4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- chocolate shavings
CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING MOUSSE
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender.
- Blend on high for a minute, or until the pudding is creamy.
- Transfer the pudding to a bowl, cover and chill at least 4 hours.
COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
- Place your can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for 1-2 days before making this whipped cream.
- Chill your mixing bowl for 30 minutes, then open your can of coconut milk and scoop out the hardened coconut cream. Pour the coconut water into a separate storage container and use that in a future smoothie recipe.
- Using a hand mixer, fluff up the coconut cream for one minute. Then add any sweetener and vanilla extract and mix for an additional minute.
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease two 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch square baking pans.
- Mix the coconut oil or butter and water together in a large bowl.
- Whisk in the eggs and then add the baking mix. Stir until it's combined.
- Spread the mixture evenly into the greased pans and smooth it out on top.
- Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes and let them cool completely.
LAYERING THE TRIFLE
- Cut the brownies into 1" squares and create a double layer at the bottom of the container. Make sure to create a dense layer, with each cube sitting tightly next to each other.
- Add ½ of the chocolate chia pudding and spread evenly into one layer.
- Add ½ of the coconut whipped cream and spread evenly into the middle layer. If you're just doing a big dollop of cream on top, you can add more coconut cream to the middle layer.
- Repeat the brownie and chocolate chia pudding layers.
- Add the remaining coconut whipped cream into a large dollop on top of the chocolate chia pudding.
- Garnish with chocolate shavings and serve!