Trifle recipes for classy desserts
These easy dessert recipes combine cake, fruit, and a little bit of cream to make a treat that's delicious and diet-friendly. Ease your sweet tooth with 11 low-cal indulgences.
Mixed Berry Trifles
Strawberries and blackberries are antioxidant-rich fruits that add the perfect tart flavor to the citrus shortcake in this recipe.
Ingredients: Citrus Shortcakes, fat-free plain Greek yogurt, sugar, Grand Marnier, orange rind, strawberries, blackberries
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Photo: Oxmoor House
Black Forest Trifle
This diabetes-friendly recipe uses sugar-free cake and chocolate pudding to make a dessert that won't spike your blood sugar.
Ingredients: Sugar-free chocolate cake mix, sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix, fat-free milk, frozen no-sugar-added pitted cherries, red food coloring, frozen whipped topping, sugar-free chocolate curls
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Photo: Valerie Martin
Strawberry Zinfandel Trifle
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, and they make a cool, sweet addition to the citrus flavors in the pound cake. Use whipped topping instead of whipping cream to cut down on fat.
Ingredients: Red Zinfandel, sugar, vanilla, strawberries, lemon-flavored pound cake, whipping cream
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Photo: Howard L. Puckett
Get the decadent taste of chocolatebut less than 5 grams of fatin each serving of this dessert recipe. Egg whites and fat-free whipped topping let you enjoy this treat guilt-free.
Ingredients: Light devil's food cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, cooking spray, fat-free milk, chocolate instant pudding mix, Kahlúa or strong coffee, frozen fat-free whipped topping, reduced-fat chocolate toffee crisp bars
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Angelic Berry Trifle
This dessert contains blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, all of which rank in the top 20 of the government's list of antioxidant-rich foods. Plus it's topped with almonds, which are great for your heart and full of fiber.
Ingredients: Vanilla instant pudding mix, low-fat milk, low-fat cream cheese, frozen mixed berries, sugar, whipping cream, angel food cake, almonds
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Photo: Randy Mayor
Sweet Potato Trifle
Using sweet potato means you get all-natural sweetness in every bite. Plus this no-bake recipe includes low-fat dairy products to keep the fat content in check.
Ingredients: Angel food cake, sugar, reduced-fat sour cream, less-fat cream cheese, evaporated fat-free milk, vanilla extract, salt, canned sweet potatoes, sweetened coconut, fat-free whipped topping, pecans
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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Though this recipe is delicious anytime of the year, it's especially great at Thanksgiving. Tart cranberries balance out tangy orange juice for a vitamin C-packed dessert.
Ingredients: Sugar, orange juice, Grand Marnier, fresh cranberries, cornstarch, reduced-fat milk, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, pound cake, orange rind
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Cherry Trifle With Amaretto
Ladyfingers are light, delicate sponge cakes that make up this dainty dessert. The almond flavors in the amaretto add the perfect nutty flavors to the cherry pie filling.
Ingredients: Sugar, salt, eggs, low-fat milk, low-fat sour cream, vanilla extract, orange juice, amaretto, ladyfingers, light cherry pie filling
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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Individual Tiramisu Trifles
Instead of after-dinner coffee, choose this espresso-flavored dessert. It's a light and creamy way to get your sugar fix, without breaking your diet.
Ingredients: Coffee, Marsala wine, less-fat cream cheese, fat-free cream cheese, sugar, ladyfingers, unsweetened cocoa
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Photo: Leigh Beisch
Orange Trifle With Grand Marnier Cream
When oranges are in season, use them in this rich dessert. Mascarpone cheese adds a creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor to the citrus fruits. If you're counting calories, use angel food cake and low-fat whipped topping to slim down this recipe
Ingredients: Oranges, Grand Marnier, mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, marmalade, pound cake
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Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Gingerbread Pear Trifle
This naturally sweet fall dessert will taste like your holiday favorites, but it will weigh in at less than 350 calories. And because this recipe makes 16 servings, it's great for a crowd.
Ingredients: Butter, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, salt, sugar, eggs, applesauce, molasses, fresh ginger, vegetable oil, Bosc pears, light brown sugar, half-and-half, cornstarch, vanilla extract, whipping cream, powdered sugar, brandy, crystallized ginger
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