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This brownie trifle It is a tasty and spectacular dessert. It's made of layers of rich chocolate brownies, mixed chocolate chia mousse, and homemade whipped cream. It is definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect for any party, party or gathering.
I love trivial recipes as they are easy, can be prepared ahead of time and are very adaptable. Be sure to read some of my variation ideas down!
What is a trifle?
So what exactly is a little bit and where does it come from? The term trifle was mentioned in a few different “sweet” recipes in the late 1500s. But since then, it has become a traditional English dessert made of layers of fresh fruit, sponge cake soaked in sherry, and egg cream.
I guess you can tell that a little bit is similar to a parfait. A wonderfully layered dessert that's perfect for feeding a large crowd, especially during the holidays!
What are the layers in this trifle?
Today, there are many new variations when it comes to trifle capes. Instead of using sponge cake or fresh fruit, there are layers of cheesecake, chocolate cake, brownies, carrot cake, mashed cookies, caramel sauce, or cream cheese. The possibilities are endless!
But today, I'm creating a little brownie that is not only rich and decadent, but also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo. This is what it contains:
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- Chocolate brownies – I cut 1-inch brownie cubes made from a Simple Mills brownie mix. Using a boxed mix is a quick and easy way to bake this brownie layer, as there is no need to collect separate ingredients. And Simple Mills uses exactly the same ingredients that I use in my baking!
- Chocolate and chia pudding mousse – This layer is my original recipe for chocolate chia pudding mixed in a dreamy soft chocolate chia mousse! This creamy, velvety texture is perfect for a small layer.
- Coconut Whipped Cream – Ah, my famous homemade coconut whipped cream that I have used in countless recipes. And here it is again to create an intermediate layer on the trifle, as well as a heavy ornament on the top. Be sure to read that recipe post for tips and tricks for creating the best coconut whipped cream.
How to make this trifle Brownie
Now, for those of you who have never done a little brownie, it can seem intimidating. But it is much easier than you think. Just prep the layers in advance and assemble in 10 minutes on the day of your event or party.
First, create the layers a day early. This includes the chocolate chia mousse, coconut whipped cream, and two brownie pans. Put these 3 ingredients in the refrigerator to chill overnight. It is better to work with refrigerated ingredients to layer, otherwise the layers will come together.
With all your pre-made ingredients, here is how to overlay it the next day:
- Place the brownie squares in the bottom of the bowl. Squeeze them tight, making sure it's a layer thick enough to hold the wet ingredients.
- Add a layer of chia milk chocolate mousse.
- Add a layer of coconut whipped cream.
- Repeat the layers of chia and brownie mousse and chocolate.
- Put the rest of the coconut whipped cream on top.
- Garnish with dark chocolate shavings and voila!
While you can prep your layers in advance, you can also create everything just before the big day. Just cover the bowl before placing the second half of the coconut whipped cream, then refrigerate. When you're ready to serve, add the top portion of cream, sprinkle on the chocolate shavings and you're done!
Brownie Trifle Video Recipe
While this recipe is easy to make, it always helps to watch a step-by-step video. In the following video, I will walk you through each individual step and how to properly apply it. Give him a watch!
Holiday trifle variations
While a brownie trifle looks beautiful served in a large glass bowl, small small bowls are sometimes simpler and easier to serve to your guests. Plus, they look great sitting next to each other at the Christmas dessert table.
For these little trifles, I've traded the chia chocolate mousse for the chia pumpkin pie mousse. This gives it a warm pumpkin spice flavor with every bite of chocolate. And of course I had to add the crumbled Simple Mills cinnamon cookies on top for that extra crunch.
If it's not dairy free, you could substitute coconut whipped cream for dairy whipped cream. And if you're vegan, you can use an egg substitute in brownies. Very easy!
More Christmas dessert recipes
If you're in charge of desserts for any of your Christmas gatherings, whip up any of these recipes for an amazing dessert.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Rest time: 4 h.
Servings: 12 servings
This brownie trifle is a simple but decadent dessert that's perfect for the holidays. Surprise the crowd with its layers of rich chocolate brownies, mixed chia mousse, and homemade whipped cream. See how I do it in the video above!
- Brownie mix of 2 simple mills
- 1 cup coconut oil, butter or butter, melted
- 6 tablespoons of water
- 4 eggs
Chocolate and chia pudding mousse
- 3 cups milk, any milk, including milk milk, cashew milk, almond milk or coconut milk will work
- 3/4 cup chia seeds
- 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Coconut whipped cream
- 4 13.5-ounce cans full fat coconut milk, refrigerated 24-48 hours
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener
- 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Chocolate and chia pudding mousse
Add all ingredients to a high power blender.
Blend on high for a minute or until the pudding is creamy.
Transfer the pudding to a bowl, cover and chill for 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 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 it in a future smoothie recipe.
Using a hand mixer, fluff the coconut cream for one minute. Then add any sweetener and vanilla extract and mix for an additional minute.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease two 8 × 8 inch or 9 × 9 inch square baking pans.
Mix the coconut oil or butter and water in a large bowl.
Beat the eggs and then add the baking mix. Stir until combined.
Spread the mixture evenly in the greased containers and smooth it on top.
Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes and allow them to cool completely.
Layers of the trifle
Cut the brownies into 1 "squares and create a double layer on the bottom of the container. Be sure to create a dense layer, with each cube sitting next to each other.
Add half of the chocolate chia pudding and spread evenly in one layer.
Add 1/2 of the coconut whipped cream and spread evenly on the middle layer. If you're just making a lot of cream on top, you can add more coconut cream to the middle layer.
Repeat the layers of chia pudding and brownie.
Add the remaining coconut whipped cream in a large tablespoon over the chocolate chia pudding.
Decorate with chocolate shavings and serve!
Calories: 480kcal, Carbs: 25g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 31g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 125mg, Potassium: 479mg, Fiber: 4g, Vitamin A: 381IU, Vitamin C: 1mg , Calcium: 179 mg, Iron: 6 mg