Thursday, August 9, 2012

Banana Split Trifle

I love serving dishes in my trifle bowl! There's a certain "WOW" factor that comes with being able to see all the delectable layers of goodness you're about to eat.
 I'm currently trying to figure out how to make steak and potatoes look good in it...(seriously). Where there's a will there's away!

No steak today though! I thought I would end the week on a sweet note instead. And sweet it is! I sat this beauty out on my buffet table, snapped a few photos, and then watched as my family devoured every last bit of it! (Love when that happens!)


I used vanilla wafers in this one. It's also really good if you make it with pound cake, sponge cake, or even brownies! Do what you like and make it your own. So good!


Ingredients:
1 package instant banana pudding (5.1 oz size)
3 cups of milk (for pudding)
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tbs powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (coconut is nice too)
1 box vanilla wafers
2 cups chopped pineapple
4 bananas, sliced
1 pint strawberries, sliced
juice of one lemon
chocolate syrup
chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
maraschino cherries

Directions:
Prepare pudding as directed on package, and sit in fridge to chill and firm. Next, in a medium bowl, beat cream, just until stiff peaks are ABOUT to form. Then, beat in your powdered sugar, and extract of choice, until stiff peaks DO form. Make sure not to over beat, or you will end up with very sweet butter! Set in fridge until you are ready to assemble.
Smile! (You just made homemade whipped cream!) Next, to keep your sliced bananas from browning, set them in a shallow dish and drizzle with lemon juice.

Assemble Your Dessert:
In a trifle bowl or other type of glass dish, arrange your wafers along the bottom. Top with about 1 cup of pineapple, half of your sliced bananas, half the strawberries, and half of the pudding. Repeat these steps again, beginning with wafers and ending with pudding. *Save a few strawberries for garnish. Spoon your whipped cream on top of the pudding and gently spread it around. Garnish with sliced strawberries or even some leftover pineapple if you have some. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Top with chopped nuts and several maraschino cherries.


Leslie's Notes: Can substitute fresh pineapple for canned chunk, or even crushed, pineapple. If you aren't in the mood to make whipped cream, there's always Cool Whip! Recipe inspired by a photo I saw on Pinterest.
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48 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic...but it's also visually beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful Trifle. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/apple-cinnamon-roll-pull-aparts-and.html
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  3. um that looks so pretty I would almost not eat it, almost.

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  4. oh my yumminess. i could just die. i would love for you to come link this, or any other post you'd like to up to my weekend link party http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/08/spread-love-link-party-20.html
    hope to see you there!
    have a great weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  5. Leslie thanks so much for stopping by my little blog and following along!! This looks absolutely delish!

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  6. So colorful and it really it is a healthy dessert. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

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  7. Leslie, could you please set your recipes up for just printing the recipe, and not all the info and pix- the last one took 4 pages, and the recipe is on 2 of them. I would LOVE it if just the recipe is on ONE page and the pic on another if I want to print that also.
    Thanks ! Keep up the gr8 work !!

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  8. Oh my goodness!! This looks amazing. I would love for you to link up Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Still open for another day!!

    http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

    Thanks, Nichi

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  9. Yummy - Love banana splits! This looks amazing too - Great Dessert Idea :)

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  10. Wow! That looks delicious. New follower
    Stoppin by from Financial Friday Link Up! I'd love you to check out my blog here:
    itsjustcalledspicy.blogspot.com

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  11. Wow that looks so yummy! And It's actually sort of healthy too! New Follower, would love the follow back :)

    <3Hima
    My Musings

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  12. Looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

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  13. What a fantastic trifle! So many delicious fruits brought together by the pudding. You mention that coconut might be a nice flavouring instead of vanilla... do you think this would work if I made the pudding with coconut milk instead of cream?

    Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays (#130 Beef Burgers with Bacon and Red Onion)

    Amber @ The Cook's Sister

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    1. Hi Amber! I personally have not made pudding using coconut milk. But I did find a forum on line that has all kinds of tips and advice about it. I hope this helps you out!
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread55384.html

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  14. This looks amazing! I love using a trifle bowl too :) I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2012/08/mix-it-up-monday_12.html

    I hope to see you soon!

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  15. I liked the Mango Peach Salsa but this one - wow. It's on teh menu for this weekends BBQ!!!

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  16. This looks amazing!! Almost too pretty to eat!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Marvelous Mondays!! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  17. That looks amazing and it's such a pretty dessert. I can't wait to try this out sometime soon. Megan

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  18. You're right! There's a wow factor to trifle bowls! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

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  19. oh my gosh!! i love this without even tasting it!!!

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  20. WOW! What else can I say that hasn't already been said about? Other than it's 8 am and now I have to have some truffle :) Thanks so much for the awesome recipe! Pinning this one!

    Thanks so much for linking this up to our Weekend Wonders party! We hope to see you back again on Thursday :) Have a great week!

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  21. That looks simply heavenly! I've got to pin this and try it; thanks for sharing!
    Stopping by from Claiming our Space :-)

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  22. ummmm....sooo good.
    I have to tell you that I made a pound cake for my home fellowship gathering at our home last year. When I tried to take it out of the BRAND NEW pan, it fell all to pieces. Delicious, tho. I did this very thing, put the cake, pudding, whipped cream and fruits and got RAVES for it. I didn't tell a single solitary soul that it started out as a FLOP. :))

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    1. Too funny! I wouldn't have said a word either. ;-)

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  23. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party just went live at http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html
    Thanks, Nichi

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  24. Hi Leslie,
    I have featured your Banana Split Trifle Post on this weeks blog. Head on over and grab the featured blogger button. ( I'm so excited, I finally made one. )
    Thanks so much for sharing your post last week with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. It looks so good, but of course everything you make looks delicious. The link party is open now for this week.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  25. This is my kind of dessert! I am a new follower..came over from Mix It Up Monday! Patsy

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  26. Oh my goodness... that looks amazing!! I want some now please!!! Thanks for sharing:D

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  27. We got a trifle bowl when we got married, and for the longest time I could not figure out what it was haha! We've only used it a few times, but this is a great idea!

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  28. Yummy! Sounds like a wonderful dessert! Thanks for sharing this at Sunday Blog Love. I'll be featuring this as one of my favorites!

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  29. I'll be featuring this at tonights Link and Greet Party @ CountryMommaCooks.......thanks for linkin' up and have a great weekend : )

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  30. This looks amazing, I'd like some right now please :) My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week's link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-friday-recipe-link-up-1/
    Thanks, Cindy

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  31. Looks absolutely delicious!

    Stopping by from Show and Tell Saturday!

    Amy @ Creative Kid Snacks

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  32. Thank you so much for linking up last week at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new link party is now up and I'd love it if you joined us again. Have a great week!

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  33. This looks delish. I love trifles because you get to see all the goodness before it is served. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  34. There is definitely a wow factor in this trifle!!! It looks amazing and I can just imagine how great this would be with brownies!! oh Yum!!!

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  35. Leslie this is a beautiful trifle. Looks so good I wish I had some right now!! Thanks for sharing on Whatcha Whipped Up!

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  36. This looks amazing! We featured it this week at our Uncommonly Yours Link Party!

    Take care,

    Trish

    http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2012/08/uncommonly-yours-link-party-features-41.html#comment-form

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  37. I was thinking a lot regarding this topic, so thanks for bringing it up here. You certainly have a good writing style i like, so will be subscribing to your blog.

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  38. This was GREAT! I'm sharing it and linking back to you. Thanks so much for this recipe. It's a keeper!

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  39. Oh my, my, my!!! Looks beautiful and yummy. Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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