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Effortless, five-ingredient dessert, triple berry trifle

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Having a 'dessert stomach' is a scientific fact, believe it or not! To feed that stomach, let's make a berry trifle, which is an "all-year-round favorite fruit"! I don't know about you but when it comes to desserts, I just want to delve in it without putting in much effort!

Berries are loaded with health perks due to antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E), resveratrol, flavonoids (help lower inflammation) and fiber with very little natural sugar.

In this recipe berries are the star of the show, so please don't skimp on those. This recipe is also a big hit with the kids! This is one of the recipes where the process of layering and vibrant colors makes it so appealing, so much so that my little one gets desperate to help me out with this (when you see those tiny hands in the pictures, that's him!).

Lite version of the Cool whip is a great way to reduce sugars in any dessert. Other wonderful options are 'fat-free Reddi whip' or the 'sugar-free', which makes the sugar and caloric content really low.

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Four key points to enjoying desserts are:

1) balancing it out: with adding minimal added sugar so it's just enough sweet and not overly sweet. This recipe feeds a family of four, so I am making only a small portion to avoid over-eating.

2) portion control: Nah, not a good idea to have leftover desserts when you know you'll end up eating extra the next day.

3) attractive presentation: attractive presentation matters a lot for satiety reasons, serving in an attractive bowl, cups, or plates counts.

4) keep it light: avoid topping off the already sweet and delicious stuff with more sugar, packing up those extra calories!




For Dairy-free: substitute cool whip for a non-dairy option/COCOWhip

LOW carb

KETO-friendly: use 'almond flour mix' cake mix

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 min

Set in the fridge: 15 min

Serves: 4


  • no-sugar-added frozen berries, 4 cups

  • angel food cake/any vanilla cake, around 1/2

  • 1 tbsp monk and stevia sweetener mix OR 2 Tbsp regular sugar

  • vanilla essence, few drops

  • cool whip, lite, 8 0z


  1. warm-up all the berries (except 1/4 cup for garnish at the end) for 2.5 to 3 minutes in the microwave or stovetop, until mushy and combine sugar to it. Cool for 5 minutes, add a few drops vanilla essence. The yummy berry mix is ready for layering!

  2. cut the cake into cubes, start layering in a trifle bowl

  3. first layer: all the cubed cake pieces covering the bottom

  4. second layer: 1/2 portion of the yummy berry mix

  5. third layer: layer the lite cool whip (saving just a tablespoon for garnishing at the end) and spread it evenly with a rubber spatula (do so neatly, so cool whip layer is visible from the sides of the bowl, preferably using a rubber spatula)

  6. fourth layer: 1/2 of yummy berry mix

  7. garnish at the top: a tbsp of saved cool whip and few saved berries for decoration

  8. cling wrap it and chill for at least 15 minutes or until ready to serve.

Cut angel food cake into pieces; cook frozen berries for around 2 min, 30 seconds (or till berries are mushy), add sugar and vanilla essence and dissolve

Layering up the trifle bowl


  • Instead of the sweetener, feel free to substitute it with 1.5-2 tbsp of any sugar

  • It's important to take a few minutes to layer up neatly near the sides of the bowl for a visible demarcation between different colors of layers.

  • Feel free to double or triple the recipe for more people

  • Its chilled version will taste better than at room temperature.

Give this recipe a try, please share a pic, would love to hear how did it come out! Enjoy! :)


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